This isn’t the kind of change Amazon wants, but it’s needed. David Kline on a New York Times piece castigating the company’s working conditions:
The piece definitely has people talking and debating how Amazon specifically, and the technology industry in a broader sense, treats its workers. Its release has caused an unnamed Amazon employee to issue a self-described manifesto calling on the company to make three changes:
- Abolish the Feedback Tool that enables anonymous criticism of colleagues.
- Abolish the Levels system that classifies employees by letter and number.
- Abolish the “Rank and Yank” forced-curve employee-ranking system.
From an anonymous Amazon employee:
Imagine an Amazon with a healthy and happy workforce — one that delivers the amazing results that today’s Amazon delivers, but does so in a sustainable way. Imagine an Amazon that takes care of its people, nurtures them, and patiently invests in their health and happiness.
What company works like that?