In February, the starting wage for all workers was boosted from $9 to $10. It will be spending $1 billion to raise these salaries, as well as improve training and promote greater flexibility for employees’ schedules.
Step 2 of boosting long-flagging staff morale? Cut off Celine Dion songs on the intercom. No more underpaid staff forced to listen to the same cocktail of dewy love songs over and over.
On June 3rd, US Walmart executives announced that they would axe the ‘constant loop of Celine Dion and Justin Bieber music blasted into stores from headquarters.’ Employees (and, who are we kidding, customers, too) can only hope that the replacement Radio Walmart, which plays songs chosen by a dedicated DJ, will be an improvement.
The executives also promised a more relaxed dress code. Previously, Walmart only accepted black denim or khaki pants, but now blue jeans are also a-okay.
The signature blue vest, though, isn’t kicking the bucket anytime soon.
Walmart US CEO Greg Foran explained the rationale behind the changes to the 3,000 employees who had gathered for the meeting.
"There is nothing I like better than hearing about your jobs, your ideas, your hopes and dreams, and frustration, and listening to how we can make your lives easier.”
Maybe Foran and company would consider opening their giant, idle coffers a tad more. This is the company that has become notorious for holding food drives for its own employees....because Heaven forbid that Walmart contribute food or a reasonable income themselves.
A billion dollars is hardly a dent on the tens of billions Walmart makes each year, and improving the financial state of 100,000 of their employees doesn’t do much for the remaining 1.4ish million workers.