Walmart Patent Audio Surveillance System The Listen To Their Employee’s
If you don’t like being micro-managed, then you might want to stay away from Walmart or Amazon. The retailers just patented an audio surveillance system, which can be used to listen to conversations between employees and customers at checkout.
Yahoo report, the company has refused to confirm or deny it’s plans for the technology in the patent. The system they patented has several sensors that can collect lots of audio data, including beeps and even grabbing plastic bags and the data could even be used to evaluate an employee's performance.
Cornell Industrial and Labor Relations School assistant professor Ifeoma Ajunwa said in a statment:
Several studies have shown that there is a psychological impact of pervasive surveillance. It can lead to this opposite feeling, where employees view the employer not as benevolent, but as dictators.
Pretty much with the use of heavy surveillance could possibly backfire and lead to employees resisting.