Amazon’s plan to reduce bearing damage involves guided meditation
Instead of lowering productivity rates or unionizing its workers, Amazon decided to start a health and wellness program for its employees. The “WorkingWell” program includes “physical and mental activities, wellness exercises and support with healthy eating” aimed at energizing workers and “ultimately reducing the risk of injury”.
There will be “wellness zones” in which employees can stretch, and hourly “mind and body” prompts with “breathing exercises and reflections”. There are even so-called “AmaZen” interactive kiosks where workers can watch short videos about “guided meditations, positive affirmations, calming scenes with sounds” and more.
That initiative comes months after a recent report by the Center for Investigative Reporting found that Amazon employees in automated facilities had a 50 percent higher injury rate compared to other camps. Part of the problem is that employees are expected to scan 400 products per hour instead of about 100 items over the same period of time.
Amazon has also come under frequent criticism for other questionable practices. There have been reports of the company not giving its delivery drivers toilet breaks and forcing them to pee, Amazon delivery drivers getting into traffic accidents, draconian productivity rates that result in employees being fired when they can’t reach them and grueling 10- Hour shifts. Recently, the company was also accused of illegally intimidating its workers into forming a union.
For its part, Amazon has claimed that automation makes work in its warehouse safer and more efficient. It has also increased its workers’ wages by as much as $ 3 an hour and claims to be spending $ 300 million on security projects this year.