Amazon has granted the Taylorism machines that monitor shipping-center productivity the right to automatically fire workers it deem slacking, without a need for supervisor input 😮. The algorithms are literally in charge here.
How Amazon keeps warehouse workers efficient: The company fired hundreds from one facility in a year for not moving packages fast enough — which translates to thousands of firings in North America per year. System auto-generates termination notices.
Amazon has algorithms that automatically fire people who don't pack boxes fast enough. At one warehouse robots fired about 10% of human staff annually
This story details how automation assisted Amazon in the firing of hundreds of workers from a warehouse in the US. It echoes worrying evidence given by to /'s Commission on Workers and Technology earlier this year 👇
"Amazon automatically tracks and fires warehouse workers" Performance ratings based on permanent monitoring. Automatically firing 10 percent of warehouse workers annually. Tracking 'time off task', abbreviated as 'TOT'. Digital taylorism on steroids
“Amazon’s system tracks the rates of each individual associate’s productivity,” according to the letter, “and automatically generates any warnings or terminations regarding quality or productivity without input from supervisors.”
How Amazon automatically tracks and fires warehouse workers for ‘productivity’: “Workers are monitored and supervised by robots”
How Amazon automatically tracks and fires warehouse workers for ‘productivity’ via
"Some facility workers have said they avoid bathroom breaks to keep their time in line with expectations."
Did you ask how many of those employees exist in gamified systems? Treating people like bots is a concern for me. Amazon have tried to positive spin but putting a game facade on a metric that's tied to your livelihood is nightmarish :S