On the same day that the Washington Post reports that data shows Amazon’s warehouse workers “suffer serious injuries at a higher cost than other companies,” the company said. announced two changes that’s part of its stated purpose to be “Earth’s Best Employer and Safest Place to Work.”
One change is that – outside of positions controlled by the Department of Transportation – it does not test for marijuana as part of a “comprehensive drug screening” or disqualify applicants for it. However, workers may still be tested for occupational injury, and they will be “tested for all drugs and alcohol after any incident.” In addition, Amazon supports federal legislation to “make marijuana legal at the federal level, remove criminal records, and invest in affected communities.
Other changes have affected its use of the “Time Off Task” metric – a measure of any time workers spend on equipment at their stations – which now averages Time off Task in a longer time to make sure there is more signal and less noise. ”The Time Off Task is one of the policies cited in the reports about the pressure felt by employees to avoid breaking the bathroom, and to keep up the pace that they link injuries sustained at work.
In a letter by Jeff Bezos to shareholders earlier this year, he admitted that “We set achievable performance goals that take into account tenure and real-time employee performance data. Now the company says Time Off Task is really “to understand if there are issues with the tools people use to be productive,” with the identification of the unfulfilled secondary purpose.Documents obtained by The Ship in 2019 it was shown that over a year, hundreds of employees were fired at a Baltimore facility for productivity reasons. Amazon did not disclose details of the change, but the standards that are easier to live with could be more for employee happiness and safety than ZenBooth kiosks.
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