Amazon is testing a novelty few expected: booths to help employees fight stress.
On several occasions we have been able to read articles about stress and the conditions under which you work in Amazon warehouses. The speed with which orders must be handled, constant monitoring of movements and other circumstances cause many employees to suffer from physical and mental problems. In order to mitigate it, Amazon is testing an unusual solution.
Instead of changing the general work dynamics, for now have started the WorkingWell program which aims to offer workers “physical and mental activities, wellness exercises and support for healthy eating” with the objective of “help them recharge and revitalize”, As pointed out in Gizmodo.
And what are the measures taken? From moments to do yoga or stretching to the installation of cabins that qualify as “individual interactive kiosks” that have a rather marked dystopian air.
These ZenBooths are the size of a cabin and inside you can get help and perform “physical and mental activities, wellness exercises and support for healthy eating“.
Inside these cabins they have installed a desk with a monitor, placed plants, a fan and a skylight to see the sky. The objective is to break with the work routine, although, as expected, the measure has been received with amazement on social networks and described in general as a closet of despair.
In this short video shared on Twitter you can see what the cabin is like. For the little that can be observed, disappointing for what you could imagine as for the details of the interior.
The problems in Amazon warehouses are not isolated cases according to the information published on Gizmodo: at least 14,000 serious injuries were recorded in 2019, about 7.7 per 100 employees. Given this, it is possible to think that solutions should be found to the situation that will surely go further from these cabins.