Amazon uses 'scare tactics' to prevent employee theft

Amazon uses 'scare tactics' to prevent employee theft

Employees working in Amazon’s large warehouses are subjected to a daily warning video, depicting examples of alleged on-the-job theft.

This is according to a report detailed by Bloomberg Business. The publication claims that the retail giant has set up digital billboards which show supposed offenders, each represented by a black silhouette stamped with the word ‘terminated’, complete with a detailed list of what the ex-employee stole. Some of the silhouettes are ominously stamped with the word ‘arrested’.

However, it seems that the screens are not that big of an issue for some diligent workers.

Maurice Jones, who left Amazon in February, told Bloomberg Business: “[The] only people that would have something to say about it are people that’s doing [something] wrong. It’s just letting people know that you’re being watched.”

Pat Murphy, President of LPT Security Consulting, explained to the publication that he believed the tactics were part-and-parcel of ‘old-school- style’ theft prevention. He commented: “There are people who will never steal. There are a certain percentage of people that will always steal.

“You’re always trying to influence that middle group by reminding them there is a high probability they will get caught, and if I get caught, these are the consequences.”

Bloomberg Business also claims that in warehouses which do not have screens installed, employees have said that "tales of firings are posted on sheets of paper tacked to bulletin boards or taped to the wall."

Amazon has been at the receiving end of some unfortunate publicity lately, having been the subject of a harrowing exposé by the New York Times.

The report detailed instances of bullying and intimidation techniques – including one employee who, after giving birth to a stillborn child, was then told by her manager that she would be put on a “performance improvement plan”. This was allegedly to make sure “[her] focus stayed on [her] job".

Read the full exposé here.


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