Amazon Working Practices Increases Risk Of Mental And Physical Illness, Says Report

Posted: Nov 25 2013, 7:58pm CST | by , in News | Technology News


Amazon working practices increases risk of mental and physical illness, says report

Amazon's working practices are now being questioned by BBC. Stress expert says work conditions might cause mental and physical illness.

It seemed like a perfect plan. The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has launched an investigation on Amazon's warehouse in U.K. The idea was to secretly film the area in hopes of finding out the working conditions there. To do that, BBC sent undercover reporter, Adam Little, to work as a picker.

The 23-year old Little got an agency job at a Swansea-based warehouse, where he was assigned to work on a night shift. Carrying a hidden camera with him, Little worked and collected orders from 800,000 square feet of storage. One time, he worked for ten and a half hours, and said that he walked nearly 11 miles while picking products.

According to Little, tasks were assigned through a handset they were carrying. They were given seconds to find each product. If we made a mistake, the scanner would beep, he adds.

BBC Panorama eventually showed the film to Michael Marmot, a Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London. Marmot says that the characteristics of the type of job, the evidence shows increased risk of mental illness and physical illness. "There are always going to be menial jobs, but we can make them better or worse. And it seems to me the demands of efficiency at the cost of individual's health and wellbeing - it's got to be balanced," the professor said.

Amazon responded to the report, saying that the job is similar to jobs in many other industries and does not increase the risk of mental and physical illness. 

Source: BBC

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/21" rel="author">Gene Ryan Briones</a>
Gene Ryan Briones (Google+) is a technology journalist with a wide experience in writing about the latest trends in the technology industry, ranging from mobile technology, gadgets and robots, as well as computer hardware and software.




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