The Toxic Organizational Culture at Wal-Mart

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Running Head: TOXIC ORGNAIZATIONAL CULTURE

The Toxic Organizational Culture at Wal-Mart

TOXIC ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE

The Toxic Organizational Culture at Wal-Mart
Organizational culture is not a new concept in the world of organizational behavior. Yet despite its age, it still has many varied definitions as well as philosophies on its importance and impact to the success of a company. One definition is that organizational culture is a cognitive framework consisting of attitudes, values, behavioral norms, and expectations shared by members of an organization (Greenberg, 2013, p. 368). Greenberg (2013) further explains organizational culture through an analogy of a tree. Organizational culture are similar to the roots of a tree.
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Numerous suits have been filed for subjects such as child labor, illegal immigrant employment, wrongful termination, religious discrimination, and illegal blocking of unions. In California, a class action suit was filed over Wal-Mart’s refusal to abide by state law and provide employees with an unpaid thirty minute break for lunch when working a six hour shift. Colorado and Oregon have filed similar suits. Healthcare has been another hot topic for Wal-Mart. Despite claims by the corporation that they are providing healthcare to employees at significant savings, many have argued the plans are not adequate. So much so that states like Maryland and New Jersey have created laws requiring Wal-Mart to provide more healthcare to their associates.
The same company that makes over $15 billion in annual profits, also only pays the average associate $11.75. This number is below the national average for retail employees. Annually, a person making this wage will earn $20,744. That is below the poverty line set at $22,000 (Blodget, 2010). This is yet another example of the issues seen today with Wal-Mart.
Job Satisfaction
Job satisfaction is a very simple concept in organizational behavior. It is simply a yes or no question. Is an individual satisfied with their current employment.
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