Amazon US 'tracks and targets' employees who work from home

Amazon is reportedly monitoring employees in the US and singling them out if they fail to work a prescribed number of days in the office.

According to emails seen by the Financial Times, workers have been told that they were “not currently meeting our expectation of joining your colleagues in the office at least three days a week.”

The emails have raised issues over privacy concerns and the report noted that some employees received them in error. The tracking of staff appears to be linked to staff tapping in and out with their identification passes.

Retail Systems has reached out to Amazon for comment.

Tech companies are increasingly pushing their staff to return to offices. Earlier this week, Zoom asked all employees living within a 50-mile radius to work in the office at least two days a week. The company has also opened offices in London to support the new hybrid way of working.

Staff at Google are required to be in the office three days a week and have been told a lack of attendence may affect their performance reviews. Meanwhile Elon Musk asked employees at Twitter to return to the office full time after acquiring the company for $44 billion in late 2022.

Elsewhere Amazon has faced fines over hazardous conditions at a warehouse in the latest staff welfare case against the company.

The US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said that workers at Amazon’s Logan Township, New Jersey distribution centre suffered bodily stress as a result of their job, leading to muscular disorders and back injuries. The workplace safety regulator also said that Amazon failed to ensure that injured staff received adequate treatment.

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