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Disney’s "Electronic Whip" Ensures Worker Productivity

may be the happiest place on Earth, but it’s no walk in the park for its
hundreds of laundry workers.

Steve Lopez of The Los Angeles Times wrote about the "electronic
whip" that hotels at Disneyland installed to spur productivity:

In the basements of the Disneyland and Paradise Pier hotels in
Anaheim, big flat-screen monitors hang from the walls in rooms where
uniformed crews do laundry. The monitors are like scoreboards, with
employees’ work speeds compared to one another. Workers are listed by
name, so their colleagues can see who is quickest at loading pillow
cases, sheets and other items into a laundry machine.

It should come as no surprise that at the happiest place on Earth,
not all the employees are smiling.

Isabel Barrera, a Disneyland Hotel laundry worker for eight years,
began calling the new system the "electronic whip" when it
was installed last year. The name has stuck.

"I was nervous," said Barerra, who makes $11.94 an hour,
"and felt that I was being controlled even more."


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October 19th, 2011

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