On February 27, 1994, Scott Adams published this Dilbert strip:
Almost 20 years later, we have this news article about Tesco’s:
Work is Becoming More Like Prison As Some Workers Forced to Wear Electronic Bands That Track Everything They Do (Including Bathroom Breaks)
Grocery giant TESCO has strapped electronic armbands to their warehouse workers to measure their productivity.
The human body, with its need for rest, nutrition and hydration, is such an inefficient tool for capitalist production. But while machines are unlikely to replacehuman workers anytime soon, new technologies can deftly strip workers of their humanity!
The Irish Independent reports that grocery giant TESCO has strapped electronic armbands to their warehouse workers to measure their productivity, tracking their actions so closely that management knows when they briefly pause to drink from a water fountain or take a bathroom break. These unforgivable lapses in productivity impact workers’ performance score, which management then apparently uses to terrify them into working faster.
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The Dilbert cartoon seemed absolutely terrifying because of its impossibility… now that employers have begun stripping the last shred of dignity from their workers, I really don’t know how much lower humanity can sink.
I am beyond astonished.
The Old Wolf has spoken.