After a mass email, an Amazon employee attempts suicide.
An Amazon employee was recently injured when jumping from the twelve story Apollo building at Amazon’s Seattle headquarters. Police are saying that the jump is an apparent suicide attempt, following an angry email that the man sent to hundreds of Amazon employees, including CEO Jeff Bezos. It is unclear at this point whether the email was intentionally sent to so many recipients.
The man, who remains unnamed by authorities, recently put in a request to be transferred to a different department, but was instead placed on the “employee improvement plan” to help improve his performance. The plan can lead to termination if no change is seen. In a subsequent email, the employee griped about how the transfer had been handled, and apparently hinted that he might harm himself.
“Our thoughts are with our colleague as he continues to recover,” said Amazon in a statement. “He’s receiving some of the best care possible and we will be there to support him throughout the recovery process.” The company has been trying to soften its image after a New York Times report last year which portrayed the company as a cut-throat workplace which pitted employees against each other. Amazon has criticized the portrayal.
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. In 2013, 41, 149 people ended their own lives, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.