Amazon warehouse workers afraid to take bathroom breaks.

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Jul 2, 2018 12 Comments

What do you think about warehouse workers who can’t even have bathroom breaks timely. With advancement of technology I am afraid companies like Amazon will put people into dire work environment. Our achievement in the last 200 years in labor practices may retreat significantly if other companies follow Amazon’s lead. Microsoft already did that by placing on call duty without extra pay or day off.

https://www.seattletimes.com/business/amazon/under-pressure-afraid-to-take-bathroom-breaks-inside-amazons-fast-paced-warehouse-world/

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  • McAfee JohnMcPee
    I guess Papa Bezos wants you to be frugal with your fluid intake too.
    Jul 2, 20180
  • Microsoft mauster
    Fuck Amazon and their life sucking frugal culture.
    Jul 2, 20180
  • New / EngY3S
    Opportunity for a book: How to be productive amazon warehouse worker.
    Rule number 1: no food or drinks 2 hours before your shift.
    Rule number 2: no food or drinks during your shift.
    Rules 1 and 2 also save you money.
    Jul 2, 20181
    • Amazon / EngobWd68
      And the rest of the book can be on how not to kill yourself
      Jul 2, 2018
  • Amazon / EngCopsInKent
    It really sucks. When we (at Corp) get hired we have to do Amazon Experience Week (though lots of devs or their managers work very hard to get out of it). We have to go work in an FC somewhere in the country for a week doing all the various floor jobs.

    It's back breaking, incredibly stressful, enjoyable, rewarding, and really drives home what the foundation of our company is.

    Yes it sucks. Data is used to get as much efficiency as possible out of each and every worker. Down to the exact location of bathrooms. There are tons of improvements that could and will be made. That's one of the reasons for AEW. We get to write white papers on how to make it better and push them through.

    Warehouse work is tough. No matter which company it is. I think we use data more than other companies do. It's a constant balance and rebalance. We get better with more data and exposure like this.
    Jul 2, 20185
    • Amazon / Eng🏖Vacayy🏝
      I think your experience was rewarding in the same way that sleeping in a tent in the woods is rewarding. But it's only rewarding because you know you will be going back to your cushy home (corporate job)
      Jul 2, 2018
    • Amazon / EngTurnSignal
      Was it not rewarding for you?

      I learned so much. Made an actual difference in the lives of those working there longer term. Really understood the day to day of the people who work these jobs.

      Yes it was awesome to not do it forever. But I got a lot out of it and would do it again in a heartbeat. It's a job that must be done. We are just trying to take a data based approach to it and get the most out of the associates. Why wouldn't we? Of course satisfaction and attrition are data points.
      Jul 2, 2018
    • Amazon Ponies
      Amazon Experience week? Who’s “we”? I have literally never heard of this.
      Jul 3, 2018
    • Amazon / EngTurnSignal
      Ask your manager. Lots of managers proactively try to get their reports out of it. Honestly it's really worth your time. Just go to the one down in dupont if you don't want to travel. They will also send you to another state if you want and put you up in a hotel
      Jul 3, 2018
    • Amazon / EngTurnSignal
      It's all new hires not even just devs. It's one of my favorite policies. A lot of people don't want to do it, as they think it's not applicable to them or their job (not to mention very very hard work) . But indirectly it is related to every job at Amazon and very much worth the hard work.

      They put us through every floor job during the week we're there. Seeing the robots work is incredible. Loading the trucks is the most physical job I've ever done and so tough. Boxing is the most boring by far.
      Jul 6, 2018
  • Yahoo YART
    Very soon all amazon warehouses would have robots and delivery will be done by drones
    Jul 2, 20180
  • They can hold for 8 hours
    Jul 2, 20180

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