Today my carpool buddies and I worked ten hours instead of eleven and we got out while it was still light (most of the driving to and from work happens in the dark, see picture at left) so I thought I should snag a picture of the outside of the Haslet warehouse while I had the chance. The days keep getting shorter and I might not get this opportunity again, haha.
The motto at the Amazon fulfillment centers is “Work hard, have fun, make history”. It’s plastered over the turnstiles to get into the warehouse and in other highly visible locations. Anyone employed here will see where the ‘work hard’ part comes in immediately. The ‘have fun’ part is keeping the right attitude, making friends with your co-workers, and letting the annoying little stuff slide over you.
The ‘make history’ part has always been the most elusive piece of the quote. You hear on news reports when Amazon has a record breaking season or when some new service rolls out, but in the warehouse it’s all business as usual. But today I can say I might finally have been a part of a history-making event. The Receive department was on track at lunchtime to break the record for most units received in any Amazon warehouse worldwide in one shift. I won’t learn if we did it or not until I go back to work on Saturday, but it felt momentous to me out on the floor either way. Before anyone asks, I’m not sure if I’m allowed to post what the record is, it might be a non-disclosure thing, I’ll look into it.
Tomorrow is another rain day so I’ll be doing chores and catching up on everything neglected during the long work week. Friday however looks nice and I’m making plans to get outside and see some stuff, so expect a post about that next!
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