Supermarket Giant Uses Wristband Trackers To Monitor Employees’ Every Move

If other corporations follow the example of British mega-chain Tesco, the future of working retail will become increasingly similar to being imprisoned. Via Technoccult:

The former Tesco employee said the device provided an order to collect from the warehouse and a set amount of time to complete it. If workers met that target, they were awarded a 100 per cent score, but that would rise to 200 per cent if they worked twice as quickly. The score would fall if they did not meet the target.

If, however, workers did not log a break when they went to the toilet, the score would be “surprisingly lower”, according to the former staff member, who worked in an Irish branch of Tesco. He said the devices put staff under huge pressure and many of his colleagues using them in Ireland were eastern Europeans, with limited English. Tesco confirmed that the devices were also in use across its UK stores.

Tesco in Ireland told the Irish Independent that a “break” function could be used to register genuine stoppages and around 25 minutes had been allowed per day for that. But any other time would be monitored.

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  • Anarchy Pony

    Wait until they implement the anti-dissent mechanism. And the obedience mechanism. They administer a 110 volt shock and a small dose of amphetamines, respectively.

    • emperorreagan

      And the change in terms of employment require you to wear it 24/7! You get a 3 minute shower break every day.

    • emperorreagan

      And the change in terms of employment require you to wear it 24/7! You get a 3 minute shower break every day.

  • echar

    I wonder where their accident and shrinkage numbers are sitting compared to the pre-tracking device. I am curious about the moral of the workers too. If I was management in one of these stores I would get off my overpaid lesser working laurels and fight these (if they do indeed exist) because about the only thing management in such places is good for is being visible.

  • Little Buddy

    Walmart does this a bit with their new “Task Management” system. I think it’s a way to get rid of managers (who make a bit more money) and replace it with a computerized system of tracking employees.

  • BuzzCoastin

    > working retail will become increasingly similar to being imprisoned

    that should read:
    working for money is similar to being imprisoned

    if you work for Tesco (the UK’s WalMart)
    why would one expect it to be otherwise?

    • echar

      Working retail sucks balls!

      • BuzzCoastin

        retail is particularly suckfull
        I spent 5 years in retail management
        but it’s only slightly worse than any other day job
        however, I found that being a corporate sales-puke
        was pretty close to a good job as I ever experienced
        I had paid first class travel, unlimited expense account
        no office to go to and no time card to punch
        all I had to do was peddle their shit successfully
        and even that got old after a few years

        • echar

          I’ve been on the other side of that. I would never want to be management. They don’t get paid enough. Also they have to make awful decisions.

        • echar

          I’ve been on the other side of that. I would never want to be management. They don’t get paid enough. Also they have to make awful decisions.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mwlasota Michael Lasota

    Terrible.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mwlasota Michael Lasota

    Terrible.

  • Ittabena

    Is anyone else reminded of a Vonnegut novel?

  • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

    Does anyone else remember the vibrating bracelets that Applebee’s tested on it’s Servers a few years back?

    At first. I thought they had all fallen victim to the same, surprisingly convincing, travelling Swatch salesman.

    You’d press the button at your table and the bracelet on the waiter would vibrate and display which table was summoning them…

    As an occasional patron of the place, I complained bitterly the first time I saw the thing and didn’t return until it was gone.

    Eventually, the employees at the local test store (Wesley Chapel, FL) were told that the system was being sent back for repairs and upgrades. Apparently, that was Applebee’s way of saving face when the project failed.

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