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MoneyAmazon is trying to make working in its warehouses like playing a video game

00:20  23 may  2019
00:20  23 may  2019 Source:   businessinsider.com.au

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A game with retro graphics works together with Amazon 's facility technology to track employees' work , comparing it with other employees'. For more stories, go Businessinsider.co.za. Amazon is trying to make the lives of its warehouse workers a bit less rote. It's piloting a programme in five fulfillment

The games are intended to make work less tedious, but also encourage higher productivity by pitting workers against one another in the virtual game world. The games are voluntary and have so far been installed in five warehouses in the US and the UK, reports the Post. In at least one facility, managers

Amazon is trying to make working in its warehouses like playing a video game© Nick Ansell/PA Wire A worker packs customer orders at an Amazon fulfilment centre in the UK ahead of the busy Christmas period.

    Amazon is trying to make the life of its warehouse workers a bit less rote.

    It is currently piloting a program in five fulfillment centres around the country where its employees have the option to gamify their workload.

    At employee workstations, games with names like "MissionRacer," "PicksInSpace," "Dragon Duel," and "CastleCrafter" appear on a small screen with retro-looking graphics and keep track of employees' work. The Washington Post was first to report on the existence of the program, which an Amazon representative confirmed with Business Insider.

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    Business Insider reports that Amazon is trying to make the life of its warehouse workers a bit less rote. The pilot began at one warehouse in 2017 before being expanded to the current five. At employee workstations, games with names like "MissionRacer," "PicksInSpace," "Dragon Duel

    Amazon has created video games that its warehouse workers can " play " while they fill customer Game - playing employees are rewarded with points, virtual badges and other goodies throughout a Amazon said it is trying to create a more fun and interactive work environment and that workers

    Progress is then compared against others', either on the individual or group level. Winners get bragging rights as well as "Swag Bucks," which employees can redeem for Amazon-branded apparel and gear.

    Amazon is trying to make working in its warehouses like playing a video game© Getty Images The company's drone delivery service, Amazon Prime Air, is designed to deliver packages five pounds or less via drone within 30 minutes.

    Using the gamified program is completely optional, and while there are incentives like virtual badges, they are not directly tied to pay or advancement.

    The pilot began at one warehouse in 2017 before being expanded to the current five.

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    The company which Amazon bought to make that happen is Amazon Robotics (formerly Kiva Systems). Once those warehouses are 99% automated Taking large heavy items off a conveyer belt, open the boxes by ripping them open with my hands because its faster, throwing the empty box

    Games . Amazon has responded to criticism over its working conditions, but serious workplace issues remain. “Most people who try to work here can’t keep up with the productivity rates and wash out,” said Tyler Hamilton, another Shakopee Amazon worker , who has to work a second job when

    The gamification plays a dual role of making unskilled or monotonous labour more easily borne, as well as providing a way for Amazon to more naturally encourage employees to be more productive. How productive Amazon's warehouses can be is something being carefully watched by investors, customers, and everyone in between as Amazon transitions its two-day Prime shipping guarantee to one day.

    Amazon warehouse workers are also already tracked for their productivity, with some describing the "brutal" reality of the job to Business Insider earlier this year. Amazon says it's proud of its "great working conditions, wages and benefits, and career opportunities."

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