SEATTLE — In response to labor critics, Amazon has instituted a new WFH policy that allows workers to sort and pack merchandise from the comfort of their home warehouse.
“This was a pet project of mine,” says former Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. “I’m happy to give our warehouse workers – the lifeblood of our company – the ability to work from home while providing our shareholders assurances that our employees aren’t goofing off. Our WFH warehouse workers are expected to meet quotas and are monitored via cameras and productivity stats 24/7.”
Converting employee homes into mini warehouses was a unique challenge according to Amazon engineer Roy Yatsumoto.
“While homes vary in shape and size, when you break it down, the average Amazon worker’s home is a small rectangle less than 600 square feet. That doesn’t leave a lot of room for storage. Unless you start making use of vertical space. There’s at least 10 feet of space between floor and ceiling that goes unoptimized in a home every single day. So we set up racks throughout the home and stack goods on top of one another, just like in our traditional warehouses. Our workers love it, they say it’s snug and efficient.”
Amazon WFH warehouse employee Stephanie Smits used a break to tell us about her working conditions.
“It’s nice not having to commute to work. When I get out of bed, my work is right in front of me and beside me and on top of me. Cutting travel out of my schedule gives me time to meet my quotas. And I don’t have to interact with people who could be carrying Covid. In fact, I don’t have contact with anyone other than an Amazon sorting robot, who is also my manager and roommate. This year’s been hard, so I’m really grateful that Amazon has given me the opportunity to work from home.”
As of press time, Stephanie Smits was laid off from her home and replaced by her Amazon sorting robot.