Walmart

1299 Words Nov 20th, 2012 6 Pages
Assignment 1: Organizational Culture at Wal-Mart

Abstract
Wal-Mart is an American multinational retailer corporation that runs chains of large discount department stores and warehouse stores. It is also the largest private employer in the world with over two million employees, and is the largest retailer in the world. This paper assesses how viable employee relations practices contributed to Wal-Mart’s success as an employer. It also identifies how benefits may contribute to the success of Wal-Mart’s employment practices. Lastly, it describes how the organizational culture and the use of performance criteria could affect the introduction of a union and why Wal-Mart has not been effectively unionized over the years.

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Wal-Mart knows that their employees are valuable assets in lobbying ideas; therefore they spend as much effort as possible ensuring that employees feel needed by the company. By continuing to expand globally, Wal-Mart is providing jobs worldwide.
Wal-Mart have been heavily criticized for unfair employee treatments which include “cap wages in certain positions, allow the hiring of more part-time workers in lieu of full-time workers, and revise scheduling practices in a manner that could force some employees to be on-call 24 hours a day (Baehr, 2004). However, as part of its ongoing efforts to foster diversity and equal employment opportunities, Wal-Mart established an Employment Practices Advisory Panel. The panel works with Wal-Mart's senior executives to cultivate and implement advanced developments to equal employment opportunity and diversity initiatives for the nation's largest private workforce. Wal-Mart is committed to the design and administration of their competitive health and financial benefits packages. Benefits associates are given a voice as a strategic leader where they help shape the future of health care, making decisions that impact the well-being of a diverse population of Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart offers a reasonably priced medical insurance plan for those eligible employees. The health plan provides 100 percent cover for eligible

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