Wally World’s draconian employee attendance policy is attracting fire from so many angles that it’s hard to tell which way to duck. This morning the Washington Post ledes with how snow storms are handled. Then there’s the policy on absence due to death in the family:
Because Wal Mart is your family, associates may only be allowed to be absence from work for a death in the family if that death is their own.*
From The Washington Post
At Wal-Mart these days, snowy weather is no longer an excuse for lateness. It had better be a natural disaster like a hurricane or blizzard. And being 10 minutes or more tardy for work three times will earn you a demerit. Too many of those could get you fired.
It’s all part of a revised attendance policy implemented earlier this fall that makes Wal-Mart Stores Inc. hourly workers more accountable for excessive unexcused absences and formalizes such penalties
The new rules already are drawing fire from critics who claim they are the latest attempt by the nation’s largest private employer to weed out unhealthy and costly long-term workers as it seeks to cut labor costs.
And then there’s this comment from a Wal Mart Customer Service Manager:
Iâ€™m a CSM, for many years now. I have to say I definately have mixed feelings about this whole attendance policy. I feel that had they been consistant in â€œcoachingâ€ for attendance in the past, following the old format, giving consideration to extenuating circumstances, we would definately not be in this mess; hense, punishing those of us who never call in and always come to work.
How long before Wal Mart just installs those tube sleepers in the back room and requires works to live on the premises?
*It’s a joke folks.