Some Amazon managers say they 'hire to fire' people just to meet the internal turnover goal every year

Posted On: Jun 21, 2021   |   Posted By: Business Insider

Some Amazon managers say they 'hire to fire' people just to meet the internal turnover goal every year

Summary List Placement Amazon has a goal to get rid of a certain percentage of employees every year, and three managers told Insider they feel so much pressure to meet the goal that they hire people to fire them.
"We might hire people that we know we're going to fire, just to protect the rest of the team," one manager told Insider.
The practice is informally called "hire to fire," in which managers hire people, internally or externally, they intend to fire within a year just to help meet their annual turnover target, called unregretted attrition. A manager's URA target is the percentage of employees it wouldn't regret seeing leave, one way or the other.
In a statement to Insider, Amazon's spokesperson denied that the company hires employees with the intention of firing them, and says that it does not use the phrase "hire-to-fire."
But the existence of the practice in at least some parts of the company shows how Amazon's system of requiring managers to hit a target attrition goal every year can foster...

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