Ethics and Management of Wal-Mart

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Abstract Standards, values, morals and ethics have become increasingly complex in a postmodern society where absolutes have given way to tolerance and ambiguity. This particularly affects managers in Human Resources, where decisions will affect people’s jobs and their future employment. This paper will look at the history of Wal-Mart and it will glance at the management style and Ethics of Wal-Mart towards it internal and external customers. Wal-Mart Ethical and Management Style Wal-Mart is not only the largest retail company but it is the largest company in the world. It is bigger than Home Depot, Target, Costco, Kroger, Sears and Kmart combined. The only competitor that might be considered to be Wal-Mart biggest and…show more content…
Since his death Wal-Mart’s image and the way they conducted business began to change. The new leaders took to heart one element of the founder’s business philosophy—the importance of reducing costs—but they didn’t show his intuition about the importance of making employees feel as though they had a stake in the company (Frank, 2006). Outside of the Federal government Wal-Mart employs more people than any other company. Yet majority of their employees live below the poverty level. Wal-Mart has been recently labeled as being unfair to their employees and is currently battling unfair labor practices. Wal-Mart is currently in the middle of a class action lawsuit based on gender discrimination that will have an impact on more than a million current and former Wal-Mart women employees. Employees are also upset over the current termination of Health Care for part time workers and the lack of benefits for full time workers. Healthcare Of the million plus workers only 700,000 workers do not have health care. Only 52 percent of Wal-Mart workers receive health care coverage through the company while the rest on the employees rely on their spouse’s benefits or use state funded programs ( 2012). Wal-Mart has been trying to appease critics in the recent years by offering better health care benefits to its employees. Wal-Mart had agreed to offer part-time employees and those
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