Trends in Population Growth and Diversity

2549 Words Jun 25th, 2006 11 Pages
In an ever-increasing world of competition, organizations today must have strategies in place responding to trends in population growth and diversity that could have an impact on an organization 's ability to plan, organize, lead, and control. Some factors to be considered include; vendor relationships, population growth, diversity, lawsuits, one stop shopping, and overcoming barriers to new cultures. Wal-Mart is a huge corporation whose operations are heavily scrutinized by the media, the public, and Wal-Mart 's employees. Due to this constant visibility, Wal-Mart 's management practices must be sound, consistent, and adaptable to change. The first factor impacting one of Wal-Mart 's management functions relates to diversity. …show more content…
(Karen Olson, March/April 2003 Issue, Up Against Wal-Mart). Workers in 27 states are suing Wal-Mart for violating wage and hour laws. An Oregon jury found Wal-Mart guilty in December 2005 of systematically facing employees to work overtime without pay. One of the challenges Wal-Mart faces is a sex-discrimination lawsuit, denying promotions and equal pay to 700,000 women. Across the country employees in more than 100 stores in 25 states are trying to unionize Wal-Mart. Another challenge the company faces is the 120,000 employees in Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana who are trying to unionize. Wal-Mart sends out union busting teams to collect and throw away union literature and to remove union supporters from their jobs. Wal-Mart has "zero tolerance" for unions. Wal-Mart settled lawsuits involving 67,000 employees in New Mexico and Colorado, reportedly paying more than $50 million for keeping payroll low, regularly deleting hours from time records and reprimanding/issuing discipline to employees who claimed overtime. This opened up an opportunity to correct those issues with pay. More than 2/3 of all Wal-Mart employees are women. Wal-Mart has the same 10% of top store managers who are women who they had in 1975. An internal survey conducted by a Wal-Mart executive showed that the company pays female store managers less than men in the same position. This
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