I already have my first day working at Amazon under my belt! Yay!
It started with getting ID badges and safety vests plus an orientation to the workplace. Our melange of 23, the first group of CamperForce 2013, filled out the regular stack of first day paperwork and watched several videos on workplace conduct,i.e. harassment, discrimination and ethics. Basically the message is: put any biases in neutral; you’re here for the customer. I like that!
Then we got into smaller groups with our Seasonal Trainers and went to Safety School. At various stations throughout the warehouse we learned proven safety measures.
At one station we learned to lift a tote onto a conveyor belt ”nose to toes”, meaning that when you turn from your cart with your tote in hand your nose should be lined up with your toes. It makes good sense that any repetitive action be done is a physically-safe manner.
We got our first pair of safety gloves when learning to move empty pallets, use step stools to reach product and push our work carts. I’ll go through a pair a week once I get into the swing of things.
The best part of the day was reconnecting with the people who helped to make my day every day last year during CamperForce 2012. There were hugs and shouts of surprise and laughter.
It made me think of all those people over the years who’ve come up to me and said, So it’s just you, you’re doing this alone? To which I have replied, On my own but never alone!
Even far from friends and family, with just a bit of effort, kind words and lots of smiles we meet kindred spirits along the way who remind us that family is a universal thing!