TikTok user @chutuo has posted a video allegedly showing a game-like achievement board used at one of Amazon’s warehouses, featuring goals like “Pick 1,000,000 units” and “Get a fast start 10 times.”
The video now has over 1.9 million views, and many users literally can’t believe their eyes. Many of the comments are along the lines of “Imagine if this was real” and “This would be like a ‘Black Mirror’ episode.”
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RT has reached out to Amazon to confirm the authenticity of the video. However, this “gamification of underpaid labor,” as one comment put it, has actually been known about since at least 2019. Back in March 2021, The Information reported that Amazon had expanded the program to at least 20 Amazon warehouses throughout the US.
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The program, known as FC Games, offers Amazon employees the opportunity to play various workstation games which track their overall productivity, and offers rewards, such as virtual pets – but apparently no extra cash.
While some of the employees have said they enjoy this program, as it takes away from the tediousness and repetition of their long warehouse shifts, others have noted the dystopian feeling of the games, which essentially encourage workers to work as hard as possible and compete amongst themselves.
Meanwhile, Amazon retains a notorious reputation for offering its employees substandard working conditions and very low wages, which over the years has resulted in numerous worker strikes.
https://ift.tt/3ExKi7w 06, 2021 at 08:28PM
from RT – Daily news