It is a story a few huge change that Amazon made simply earlier than the beginning of the summer season. In the event you discover it attention-grabbing, I feel you may get pleasure from my free e-book about Amazon, Jeff Bezos Regrets Nothing, which you’ll obtain right here.
The story is about marijuana. I feel there’s good motive for enterprise leaders in any business to observe Amazon’s instance right here — at the very least going by way of the thought train, even in the event you do not land on the identical outcome.
Again in June, Amazon introduced that it could not display potential staff for marijuana through the utility course of. I seen this transformation on the time, however I paid much less consideration than I may need, largely for 2 causes.
First, I do not occur to make use of marijuana.
Second, I do not suppose I will be making use of for a job at Amazon anytime quickly.
However this week, stories emerged that Amazon is advising a number of the small companies that it really works with to observe its lead.
Particularly, we’re speaking about Amazon’s supply service companions, that are the impartial firms that drive lots of the blue Amazon vans and resolve the last-mile downside for Amazon.
Amazon has about 2,000 of those supply service companions, which in flip have roughly 115,000 drivers. Like nearly each enterprise in the USA proper now, they’re going through a stark labor scarcity regardless of a 5.2 p.c unemployment charge in August.
Deciding to not check for marijuana within the utility course of and prominently promoting that truth, Amazon stated in a message to at the very least one supply service accomplice as reported by Bloomberg, might enhance job functions to those small firms by 400 p.c.
I’ve written earlier than about Amazon’s push in 2018 to recruit entrepreneurs to construct a community of small, impartial supply firms that will use leased vans with Amazon branding. On the time, I assumed this represented an intriguing alternative.
You might do lots worse, I assumed, than to contemplate beginning a enterprise through which Amazon was set to grow to be your greatest buyer, to offer you coaching, and to make use of its measurement to barter lower-cost offers for you.
However as I additionally wrote, these attractive phrases include a value, or at the very least a complication, in that having a lot enterprise tied up with a single, gigantic buyer provides that buyer has a variety of affect and leverage.
The no-marijuana testing subject is an effective instance.
A number of the supply service companions Bloomberg interviewed stated they have been glad to make the change; others stated they have been involved that doing so may improve the chance of staff really driving vans whereas below the affect.
(To be clear, the no-testing coverage is barely about pre-employment screening; Amazon stated in its authentic announcement that it’s going to “proceed to do impairment checks on the job and can check for all medication and alcohol after any incident.”)
However general, no matter what Amazon’s supply service companions do, I feel this information represents alternative for enterprise leaders such as you, in all industries, to guage two issues:
- First, if your organization at the moment screens for marijuana, ask whether or not you really want to, in gentle of the development towards the legality of the drug (at the very least below state legislation) and a lot broader social acceptance. Particularly given present recruiting difficulties, if Amazon is true about that “400 p.c” determine, there might be a compelling argument.
- Second, and a much wider consideration that actually deserves copying: Are there different legacy insurance policies — in recruiting, or in different areas — that made higher sense on the time you applied them, however that may now really be hurting your enterprise?
Look, I am unable to reply the primary half right here for you, about what your coverage on pre-employment marijuana use ought to be. I do not know your enterprise.
However as for taking a tough have a look at present insurance policies and seeing which of them may want to alter that will help you obtain your targets? I feel that is the core lesson about what Amazon did right here, and it is the form of self-assessment from which nearly any firm can periodically profit.
I requested Amazon for remark about its determination to cease testing for marijuana pre-employment (which was introduced by Dave Clark, CEO of Amazon’s Worldwide Client enterprise on June 1), and the stories that it’s encouraging supply service companions to do the identical factor.
This is Amazon’s response:
“Pre-employment marijuana testing has disproportionately affected communities of colour by stalling job placement and, by extension, financial development. We imagine this inequitable therapy is unacceptable, and given the place state legal guidelines are transferring throughout the U.S., in June 2021 Amazon introduced that we’d exclude marijuana from our complete pre-employment drug screening program for unregulated positions (e.g., positions not regulated by the Division of Transportation).
We stay dedicated to the protection of our staff and most of the people and our coverage on zero tolerance for impairment whereas working has not modified. If a supply affiliate is impaired at work and assessments constructive post-accident or on account of affordable suspicion, that particular person would not be permitted to carry out providers for Amazon.”
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