Amazon Workers: Hard Work Is Hard

The New York Times details the difficult conditions for workers at Amazon, one of the world’s largest retailers:

…workers are encouraged to tear apart one another’s ideas in meetings, toil long and late (emails arrive past midnight, followed by text messages asking why they were not answered), and held to standards that the company boasts are “unreasonably high.” The internal phone directory instructs colleagues on how to send secret feedback to one another’s bosses. Employees say it is frequently used to sabotage others.

Sounds pretty sucky!

Welcome to adulthood, folks. Some jobs are awesome, some of them suck, and if you have the latter, you should try to trade it for the former.
What’s it like to be a lumberjack?

In 2010, the fatality rate was 92 per 100,000 workers – making it the 2nd most dangerous job in America by fatalities. Dangers include falling trees, operating dangerous equipment (such as chainsaws) and difficult terrain…snakes, insects, poisonous plants and the weather itself (from heat and humidity to very cold conditions).

How about an ER Nurse?

Nurse burnout is a condition where a nurse experiences chronic fatigue, exhaustion, tiredness, anger, irritability, frequent headaches, gastrointestinal disturbances, abnormal weight gain or loss, depression, insomnia and breathing difficulties on account of work stress affecting professional performance.

An attorney?

It’s not uncommon at all to hear of lawyers handling high profile cases chalking up in excess of 100 hours per week as this may be the only way of gathering, processing, analyzing and preparing all important information.

I have more information on other careers if you like. Elementary school teachers, beset by small wages and enormous pressures to ‘teach to the test’ with children who are suffering emotional or physical abuse at home. Veterinarians? They gotta ‘put down’ sweet and innocent pets that are sick, unwanted, or just because there are too many other pooches in the pound that day.

Hey guys, here’s a HOT TAKE: Amazon employees are lucky to be employed with the company! There’s a viewpoint that the New York Times didn’t share! Bezos and crew have been at the forefront of technological advancement for a decade-plus, and the company show no signs of slowing down. It’s big, it’s growing, and it’s relevant in a way that many companies aren’t. It’s a picky company to work for; it’s a difficult company to get an interview with (I’ve tried!). But, each one of these workers can leave at any time- just like any other job- freeing an opening for someone else that would love the opportunity.

In fact, Amazon gives $5,000 bonuses to people to leave once they discover they can’t hack the job pace! Try that at your job sometime. Tell your boss the work is too hard, you’re gonna quit, and by-the-way, can you write me a $5,000 check toot-suite?

Breaking news: Hard work is hard. If you cannot hack it, don’t like it, or want to spend more time at home, it’s absolutely understandable.

Just leave and find a new job. That’s what the rest of America does. And with Amazon on your resume, you’re bound to open a few doors that lumberjacks and schoolteachers can’t.

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