Amazon is testing a 30-hour workweek

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Amazon will soon introduce a 30-hour workweek for a small group of employees. It's an experiment the company hopes will attract a more diverse group of workers.

The program is tailored to technical teams that will receive 75 percent of the pay of full-time workers, but get the same benefits as full-time employees working 40-hour weeks.

"We want to create a work environment that is tailored to a reduced schedule and still fosters success and career growth," according to a posting by the company. "This initiative was created with Amazon's diverse workforce in mind and the realization that the traditional full-time schedule may not be a 'one size fits all' model."

It's a pilot program with just a few dozen people, according to The Washington Post.

The program is being launched a year after Amazon was the subject of a scathing New York Times story painting the company as a grueling place to work. Jay Carney, Amazon's senior VP of corporate affairs fired back at the report, disputing the claims. This new program seems designed to help correct Amazon's image.

Participants in the reduced workweek program will be able to apply for full-time employment with Amazon.