Disney's "Electronic Whip" Ensures Worker Productivity

Disneyland 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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I will now never go back there. Hear that Disney? How much money have you lost from this airing of you rBig Brother tactics compared to what you could gain from Metropolis style worker abuse.
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I remember recently that Stephen Fry mentioned on QI that the employees at Disney World were informed that they would be fired the next time they heard anyone referring to the place as Mouschwitz. Disney is not a good company to work for.
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