Surviving my first week working at the Amazon warehouse here in Campbellsville, Kentucky, I feel nothing but proud! It’s a half day schedule the 1st two weeks (5 hours a day so that we get used to walking on the concrete floors).
On the job I wear an ID badge, orange safety vest and protective gloves, carry a see-through fanny pack, a bottle of water and a hand-held scanner while pushing a bilevel cart up and down rows and aisles to find products on shelves.
But wait! I get ahead of myself. The first thing I do when I get to work is get a cup of coffee (free) from one of the vending machines and say good morning to some my workmates.
By 6:30, I’ve clocked in and am doing morning stretches along with the rest of the workers at my station, the regular full-timers and CamperForce associates. We do these exercises as a proactive measure to prevent injuries. It’s a good way to start the day.
Next I pick up my scanner and get a bottle of water (also free) and find a cart. I load my cart with 3 empty plastic totes. These are plastic carriers about 18″ by 30.” Then I check my scanner which tells me where to go and what product(s) to pick up.
So I walk and walk and walk, finding all sorts of products from the practical (dish towels) to the playful (a dog’s toy called “hide the squirrel) to the perilous (a set of throwing knives). Just to name a few out of, oh, millions of products!
I am so very grateful that all my trainers and supervisors, managers, coworkers are wonderful super people. They make me feel welcome and appreciated. Even as a wee little cog in a very gigantic machine of a very ginormous industry.
I’ll post on my progress as I enter week #2 then transition to full-time. Wish me luck!