Wearable Tech in The Workplace: Privacy Issue?
Reports have surfaced that Amazon has filed patents for electronic tracking wristbands that would be worn by its warehouse employees. Although the descriptions for the patents explain that the sole purpose of the wristbands would be to collect data about inventory, the wearable technology would most likely gather tons of data on the employees as well. Essentially, the wristbands would track the products handled by the employees and vibrate to guide the employees’ movements to increase efficiency.
Amazon’s warehouse workers have already been complaining of poor working conditions, and this has the potential to be viewed as an invasion of privacy if implemented. Amazon believes that the technology could greatly improve the productivity of its workers while giving them less time using scanners or computers. However, others think it would be an unethical method and could strain relationships with employees even further.
What do you think? Does company-issued wearable tech belong in the workplace? Is it ethical and productive? Or will it only hurt Amazon’s relationship with its workers?