(1) Sports DirectSports Direct has garnered a reputation for mistreating members of staff. In fact, in a 2014 speech on the “Victorian” exploitation of workers on zero-hours contracts, Ed Miliband called the company one of the worst places to work for. He said: “Sports Direct has the vast majority of its workforce on zero-hours contract. It is a modern company with stores on many high streets and, judging by its success, where many people shop. But it is a bad place to work.” Allegedly it is store policy to hire as many people as possible on zero-hour contracts. What is perhaps the most shocking are claims that workers are not allowed to enter the shop via the front entrance. There was also a sign on the back door that said if it was opened without a supervisor present, you would face immediate dismissal for the crime of opening it. Meanwhile, a recent Channel 4 investigation revealed that employees working in Sports Direct depots were subject to a points system, whereby employees feared losing their jobs on a day-to-day basis. This led to people feeling they had to work despite feeling unwell because of the “six strikes” policy, in which anyone who gets six warnings in six months will lose their job. It was suggested that warnings are issued to workers for taking long toilet breaks, excessive chatting and for having time off due to illness. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
(2) AmazonThe New York Times unveiled a story which incorporated responses from 100 former and current employees and concluded that Amazon was essentially conducting its own experiment and was testing the limits of how far they can “push white-collar workers to achieve their ever-expanding ambitions”. Read more about Amazon:
- What can online retail behemoths like Amazon learn from boutique counterparts?
- Uncovering Amazon’s new retail secrets
Read on to find out more about destructive cultures such as Microsoft’s stack rank system and Target’s “pyramids”.
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