Amazon tracks warehouse workers' "time off task"


Documents filed with the US National Labor Relations Board show that Amazon issues warehouse workers with radio-frequency handheld scanners to track and record every minute of "time off task". The filing is part of a dispute at the State Island Amazon warehouse, where workers voted to unionise in 2022. Managers must ask the person with the most "time off task", which includes time spent in the bathroom, talking to other associates, and navigational errors, about their whereabouts for each "unproductive" time stamp and discipline them when appropriate.

Publication: Vice

Publication date: 2022-06-02

Writer: Lauren Kaori Gurley