I don’t think people are meant to work nights, or at least wonky things happen to me on this schedule sometimes. I say this because I’ve been laying in bed for over two hours, perfectly awake – all attempts to fall asleep amounting to nothing more than daydreaming. This is the second time in a week that it’s happened.
The last time had some similarities. It was a day I had off (although that time I needed to work the next day) and same thing. I was laying in bed, quite comfortable, but unable to fall asleep. Maybe it’s the strange hours coupled with the lack of physical activity to make me physically tired. I doubt it’s the soda I had earlier in the day, that was finished over six hours before I went to bed, and last time there had been no caffeine at all. And there are plenty of times I’ve had caffeine closer to bed and fallen right asleep.
Luckily, I still seem capable of functioning when this happens. I’ll get up and work on this post for an hour or so, then try again and probably be able to fall asleep. I’ll still get up around 1 pm, and I’ll be tired, but not impossibly so. Then I’ll probably be tired enough to fall asleep in a timely fashion tomorrow.
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Otherwise, Amazon is going well. It hasn’t been as busy as originally predicted, there have been several times during the past 4 weeks when voluntary time off was offered, although only one night where the white badges (also called Staff, those here from a temporary staffing agency) were turned away at the gate because there wasn’t enough work. Us CamperForce people have always been able to work a full day if we wanted, which most of us have.
Some blame the slowness on the new warehouses that have opened up, meaning less product is coming to us. Some blame hurricane Sandy. I guess I’m not too surprised, whatever the reason. The economy is still slow, and that means less folks willing to part with their hard earned cash.
As of last week though, things have picked up. For Inbound this is considered peak time, we’re bringing in all of the freight that Outbound is going to be shipping out for their peak the day after Thanksgiving. In fact last week was actually the Amazon-wide peak kick off week.
In my original CamperForce article I talked about benefits, and how one of them was always the free stuff that was given out. I do have more to report on that front. Part of peak kick of week is prize giveaways.
Again, who knows if it’s the same for Campbellsville and Fernley, but here there were $25 gift card giveaways during Standup on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. It looks like Amazon employees got 5 of them, us CamperForce people got 2-3, and the Staff folks got 1-2. You had an increased chance of getting your name pulled in the drawing if you followed the daily dress theme. Monday was red white and blue day, Tuesday was Amazon shirt day, Wednesday was sports team day, Thursday was hat day, and Friday was Hawaiian shirt day. If you were dressed according to the day’s theme, you got two raffle tickets instead of one.
One other bit of peak kick off fanfare, there was a company wide kick off meeting/event thing on Wednesday from 5 to 6 pm. I could have attended for more chances to win $25 gift cards, I heard 15 of them were passed out. In the past this was the event where laptops and other high value prizes use to be given out, take that as you will. But I had the day off and decided not to go in.
On Monday and Saturday, each employee also got a pumpkin pie to take home (you don’t get two, it’s just that with the way the shifts work, there is no one day that all employees are present). Then today is also Thanksgiving meal day, they’ll be providing turkey dinner for all employees at their regularly scheduled lunch time. It sounds like we’ll be fed one day in December too, as a Holiday meal.
As for working on Thanksgiving, that definitely depends on how much work there is. Up until last Thursday there was no answer, once the higher ups knew how much work we were expected to have, they told us Inbound will be working 9:30 pm to 3:30 am (our usual shift is 5:30 pm to 4 am). A lot of the Staff and Amazon folks were happy at the announcement, but me and several other of the WorkCampers agreed that we would have preferred to work the full day for more money, it’s not like we have anywhere special to be.
Here’s hoping the overtime will magically appear on Friday, but I’m not holding my breath. I am keeping an eye out for the chance to cross-train into Outbound though, so if they get busy starting on Black Friday maybe I can snag some overtime with them. We’ll see. In the meantime, stay warm out there, and drive safe if you’re heading somewhere for Thanksgiving this week.
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