In recent years, Amazon, established by billionaire Jeff Bezos, has been criticised for how it treats its employees, notably for reportedly poor working conditions in its warehouses and for its attempts to discourage workers from establishing unions. The company’s new policies regarding toilet breaks might be bad news for Amazon’s workers. Workers who want to leave their workstations for a little while must first get permission from their supervisor.
According to leaked records, Amazon workers are resigning at a pace that is double that of prior years. People often say that low pay, a stock price that stays the same, and a stressful work environment are the main reasons for the exodus. However, rising competition also makes it easier for the most valuable corporate employees to leave for better jobs elsewhere.
Employee Termination Policy at Amazon (Hire To Fire Policy)
For an employee of a multinational firm, nothing is worse than knowing they may be replaced with little effort. By now, it’s likely that everybody who cares about this topic has heard at least one horror tale about Amazon fulfilment personnel. For instance, injury rates are much higher than average. The same applies to the monitoring of workers. We can rule out chance as an explanation for this. Amazon knew quite well that its workers felt alienated by these practices. It cared only about making money, not about people. In fact, it tried to get a lot of people to leave because it was afraid that loyal workers would get tired of their jobs over time.
The fact that its strategies have flopped so spectacularly is interesting, nevertheless. The broad dissemination of information on the treatment of Amazon’s fulfilment centre employees has changed the public’s perception of jobs like these. An internal memo leaked by PCMag and other media outlets suggests that Amazon might face a manpower shortage as soon as 2024 if nothing is done to address the issue.
Amazon has been accused of hiring people just to let them go soon after. The online retailer has apparently been told by many directors that they must take this action in order to meet their internal turnover goals. Several executives at Amazon were reportedly interviewed and stated that they felt so much pressure to meet the annual turnover that they actively sought out employees to dismiss in order to preserve their respective departments.
Those who speak out against Amazon face the possibility of losing their jobs
Amazon used and still does use harsh anti-unionizing strategies in its U.S. facilities. The employer uses both legal and illegal ways to do these things on a regular basis in order to stop votes or even just talk about unionizing.
The National Labor Relations Board recently concluded an inquiry into allegations that management at the Alabama warehouse employed illegal strong-arm methods to intimidate and degrade its workforce. At the entrance to the facility, Amazon placed a drop box for the collection of votes and set up fake security cameras during the poll. The corporation also hired anti-union consultants, who warned employees in required sessions that unionising would result in a reduction in perks and salaries.
Amazon’s TOT Policy
Amazon’s Time Off Tracking (TOT) policy is a strict piece of software that keeps tabs on worker productivity and sends out alarms if someone is falling behind. Employees who do not respond appropriately to warnings from this system may be terminated.
When an Amazon employee’s productivity does not match the expected productivity, the algorithm implies the individual is not engaged in their work and gives them a warning message. When these signals are ignored for too long, an automatic termination notice is generated. If an employee has received many warning notifications, it is possible that something is wrong with the person. After several unheeded warnings, the next conceivable action is to issue a termination alert. In Amazon, the TOT system has earned a solid reputation for reliability.
Many people, both inside and outside of Amazon, have voiced their anger with the company’s TOT policy. The software’s termination signal is often regarded as irrevocable, unless the supervisor was aware of the reasons underlying the employee’s unusual breaks. Some managers might be understanding enough to give their employees a second chance, while others might be stubborn and stick to the TOT system no matter what.
Supposedly, if an employee is on TOT for more than two hours, they will be fired. If people had gone to the bathroom or walked from one place to another, they would not have been fired right away.