Amazon offers employees time in a box-like ‘wellness room’ to focus on their mental health

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Amazon is ridiculed on social media after revealing plans to offer warehouse workers time in a box-like ‘wellness room’ to focus on their mental health

  • Amazon has been mocked for plans to put ‘wellness rooms’ in warehouses
  • Social media users compared the ‘dystopian’ pods to a coffin or a ‘crying cabin’
  • Inside are potted plants, a small fan and a computer to watch relaxation videos
  • US retail giant deleted Twitter clip revealing the rooms after online spot

Amazon has been ridiculed for plans to put “wellness rooms” in its warehouses so stressed workers can meditate and watch relaxation videos.

The US retail giant announced the move in a video on its Twitter account, only to quickly delete the post after it was mocked by social media users.

Many compared the cubicle-sized “AmaZen” capsule to a chest, a “crying cabin,” and even a Portaloo.

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It's Amazons!  Amazon has been ridiculed for plans to put 'wellness rooms' in its warehouses (pictured) so stressed workers can meditate and watch relaxation videos

It’s Amazons! Amazon has been ridiculed for plans to put ‘wellness rooms’ in its warehouses (pictured) so stressed workers can meditate and watch relaxation videos

Amazon, which has been criticized repeatedly over working conditions at its facilities, said the room was intended to help staff focus on their mental health.

Inside there are leaflets and a fan to cool the employee, plus a few small potted plants on a shelf.

There is just enough room for a chair and a small computer table against one wall, while the top of the cabin is painted as a blue sky with clouds.

In the now-deleted video, the room’s creator, Leila Brown, said: “With AmaZen, I wanted to create a space that is quiet, where people can focus on their mental and emotional well-being.

“The ZenBooth is an interactive kiosk where you can navigate a library of mental health and mindful practices to recharge the internal battery.”

Last month, Amazon announced a program called WorkingWell, which would focus on providing “physical and mental activities, wellness exercises and support for healthy eating” to its workforce.

Inside there are leaflets and a fan to cool down employees, plus a few plants on a shelf and a computer to watch relaxation videos.  The top of the cabin is painted as a blue sky with clouds

Inside there are leaflets and a fan to cool down employees, plus a few plants on a shelf and a computer to watch relaxation videos. The top of the cabin is painted as a blue sky with clouds

Backlash: In the now-deleted video, the creator of the pod, Leila Brown, said she wanted to

Backlash: In the now-deleted video, the creator of the pod, Leila Brown, said she wanted to “create a space that is quiet, where people can focus on their mental and emotional well-being”

Last month, Amazon announced a program called WorkingWell, which it said would focus on providing

Last month, Amazon announced a program called WorkingWell, which it said would focus on providing “physical and mental activities, wellness exercises and support for healthy eating.”

About the AmaZen pods, the company said, “During shifts, employees can visit AmaZen stations and watch short videos of easy-to-follow wellness activities, including guided meditations, positive affirmations, calming scenes with sounds.”

It also announced separate “wellness zones” where employees can stretch out and focus on body mechanics using interactive videos and written guidance.

The wellness pod has been heavily mocked on social media, with Twitter users comparing it to a coffin, a crying cubicle, and even a portaloo.

The wellness pod has been heavily mocked on social media, with Twitter users comparing it to a coffin, a crying cubicle, and even a portaloo.

The wellness pod has been heavily mocked on social media, with Twitter users comparing it to a coffin, a crying cubicle, and even a portaloo.

One user said, “I just mentioned the Amazon Health Booth thing as ‘a coffin to your dignity’ in an IRL conversation and I’m very proud of it.”

Another joked: “Having a peaceful break in the mental health closet in the dead center of the factory floor where all my co-workers can visually perceive I’m having a bad mental health day and staring at the lower half of my body through the partial-window door.” .’

MailOnline has approached Amazon for a response.

Amazon has been criticized for its ‘bad’ working conditions

Amazon has repeatedly come under fire for working conditions in its warehouses.

Employees at one of the delivery giant’s warehouses were pictured sleeping at work in Tilbury, Essex, in November 2017.

Workers claimed it was because they were tired of having to meet punitive warehouse targets.

Employees at one of the delivery giant's warehouses were photographed working in Tilbury, Essex (pictured)

Employees at one of the delivery giant’s warehouses were photographed working in Tilbury, Essex (pictured)

Some staff were taken away in ambulances after struggling with the pressure of processing up to 300 items an hour, an investigation by the Sunday Mirror claimed.

An Amazon spokesperson said after reporting the incident: “Amazon offers a safe and positive workplace with competitive pay and benefits. We are proud to have created thousands of roles in our UK fulfillment centers. As with most companies, we expect a certain level of performance.

‘Objectives are based on past performance of our employees. Associates are evaluated over a long period of time.’

And in December 2016 te Mail on Sunday went undercover at one of the company’s fulfillment centers in Gourock, near Glasgow, during the Black Friday period.

The undercover reporter took a job as a “picker” — employed to pick items off shelves before they are boxed and shipped to customers — and worked up to 11-and-a-half hours a day for nine days. in one of Amazon’s huge warehouses.

The race against time: Amazon's bustling warehouse relies on a monitoring system that tracks every item for sale and all staff movements

The race against time: Amazon’s bustling warehouse relies on a monitoring system that tracks every item for sale and all staff movements

The research discovered:

  • Staff faced brutal time targets for each task, and disciplinary action was taken against those who couldn’t keep up;
  • Employees faced disciplinary action if they took too long during bathroom breaks;
  • Handheld scanners tracked the workers’ whereabouts, surveillance cameras monitored the warehouse and there were airport-style security checkpoints.
  • Staff left with blisters on feet after walking 14 miles a day

At the time, Amazon defended its working practices, saying, “We provide a safe and positive workplace. The safety and well-being of our permanent and temporary employees is our number one priority.

‘One of the reasons we have been able to attract so many people is that we offer great jobs and a positive work environment, with career opportunities.’

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