Amazon Tells Warehouse Workers to Close Their Eyes and Think Happy Thoughts

"Close your eyes and think about something that makes you happy," the screen, titled "Savoring," instructs Amazon fulfillment center workers.
An image of a screen at a fulfillment center showing instructions for "savoring"
Image via 404 Media

Amazon is telling workers to close their eyes and dream of being somewhere else while they’re standing in a warehouse. A worker in one of Amazon’s fulfillment centers, who we’ve granted anonymity, sent 404 Media a photo they took of a screen imploring them to try “savoring” the idea of something that makes them happy—as in, not being at work, surrounded by robots and packages. 

“Savoring,” the screen says, in a black font over a green block of color. “Close your eyes and think about something that makes you happy.” Under that text—which I can’t emphasize enough: it looks like something a 6th grader would make in Powerpoint—there’s a bunch of white space, and a stock illustration of a faceless person in an Amazon vest. He’s being urged on by an anthropomorphic stack of Amazon packages with wheels and arms.

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