Jargon Watch: Workampers

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The Wall Street Journal had an article on the seasonal workers that Amazon.com uses in the US to help it with the surge in demand in the run up to Christmas. Who were the elves to Amazon’s Santa Claus? The article describes them as workampers. Older retired people who live a transient lifestyle by choice in an RV (recreational vehicle) for at least part of the year.
Their motivations were diverse; from money to help expenses to camaraderie and proving to themselves that they could still hack a task. With an aging population we are likely to see more demographics like workampers as companies adapt to tap into an older work pool.

More information
Seasonal Amazon ‘Workampers’ Flock to Remote Towns for Temporary Gigs – WSJ.com (paywall)