May 28, 2021

Amazon offers 'wellness chamber' for stressed staff

Amazon plans to put "Wellness chambers" in its warehouses so that stressed workers can sit inside and watch videos about relaxation. In a video shared on its Twitter account, Amazon said the "AmaZen" chamber would help staff focus on their mental health. Describing the AmaZen booths, it said: "During shifts employees can visit AmaZen stations and watch short videos featuring easy-to-follow well-being activities, including guided meditations, positive affirmations, calming scenes with sounds." News site Motherboard described the chamber as a "Coffin-sized booth in the middle of an Amazon warehouse". Some viewers were quick to re-upload the video to other accounts and criticise the tech giant for what has been labelled a "Crying booth" or a "Dystopian" work practice.

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