For Austin Morale, working as a stove in an Amazon warehouse was hard to the point of being physically unstable, but rewarding nonetheless. The hours were long and the work grueling. The night shift he took at Amazon on top of his day job as a case manager for a non-profit group was clearly untenable, but he only planned to do it for the summer, anyway. He needed money, immediate access to health insurance, and a change of pace. That lasted six weeks.
Mr. Morale, 50, worked at the LGA9 fulfillment center in Addison, NJ, and says that while many of the people he trained with quit within their first two weeks on the job, they found “a really good experience there.” Was.” But it was hard work—which in some ways reminded him of his days as a high-school athlete. “It was too much mind-numbingly boring 10 hours of work, too much standing in one position for an entire shift,” he said. “But at the end of the innings, I was drenched in sweat and in pain as if I hadn’t been in pain since I was playing competitive football.”