Working at Amazon Could Literally Make People Lose Their Minds

Undercover worker: "We are machines, we are robots."

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People often claim that their jobs make them crazy, but after looking at the results of  a BBC investigation into work conditions at a UK Amazon Warehouse, a stress expert said that working at the facility actually could cause “mental and physical illness.”

Undercover reporter Adam Littler, 23, got a job as a “picker” in a Swansea warehouse. He recorded his night shifts during the holiday season, a time in which Amazon employs 15,000 extra staffers.

Littler was given 33 seconds at a time (a countdown going off on a handset) to collect individual orders throughout the 800,000 square foot warehouse, walking nearly 11 miles a night. If he was too slow or made a mistake, the handset beeped and there was a risk of disciplinary action.

“We are machines, we are robots, we plug our scanner in, we’re holding it, but we might as well be plugging it into ourselves,” he said.

Amazon told the BBC that workers’ health is a top priority.

[BBC]

3 comments
katieharris427
katieharris427

How exactly does one "literally" lose their mind?

knaveir6
knaveir6

Amazon just bought the wag/mi casa/diapers.com facilities that utilize robots to do all the picking. My sister works at one and supposedly they are going to roll them out to all of their warehouses. Essentially it is a 'hovercraft' like device that brings all of the items to workers who are elevated into ergonomically friendly stations. They then deliver the appropriate items to the workers who then pull them and place them into boxes. The robots know where they are going due to barcodes on the ground. Its pretty neat. 

Eddie123
Eddie123

Unfortunately, this is called an automated warehouse.  Most factory jobs are similar.  If you complained about this, then you should not complain most jobs relocated to China.  Pick one.