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SURVEY SAYS 86% OF WALMART WORKERS “LOVE” THEIR JOBS
December 10, 2012




Do 86% of Walmart workers love their jobs?
(SAN FRANCISCO, CA) -- You might be able to understand John Logan, a Professor and Director of Labor and Employment Studies at San Francisco State University, for sitting there scratching his head and saying this cannot be.

How is it possible that almost 90% of Walmart workers “love” their jobs when survey after survey shows that not to be the case and just last year the Conference Board survey of U.S. households found that only 47% of Americans are satisfied with their jobs."

Logan saw that in an opinion piece in the San Francisco Chronicle on November 30, “CEO of Walmart West, Michael Bender, states that, according to an internal survey conducted by management, 86% of the companyıs employees love their jobs.

He writes in a San Francisco online alternative paper that the results of the companyıs internal survey also conflict with what outside sources have said about how much Walmartıs employees love their jobs.

“A Bloomberg Businessweek investigation in 2007 found Walmart employee morale was at rock bottom. According to Businessweek, many of Wal-Mart's workers feel outright hostility toward the company, and, by extension, they often treat customers with indifference or worse. Walmart competes almost entirely on the basis of low price, and this makes it virtually inevitable that employees are paid poverty wages and morale remains rock bottom. According to one employee interviewed by Businessweek: If Wal-Mart doesn't care for me, why should I care?"

But just how reliable is Walmartıs internal polling on employee attitudes? Walmartıs assertions are at odds with every national survey on employee satisfaction. In 2011, the Conference Board survey of U.S. households found that only 47% of Americans are satisfied with their jobs. Yet Walmart, which has among the lowest wages and worst benefits of any large corporation in the country, supposedly has a satisfaction rate of 86%?

The results of the companyıs internal survey also conflict with what outside sources have said about how much Walmartıs employees love their jobs. A Bloomberg Businessweek investigation in 2007 found Walmart employee morale was at rock bottom. According to Businessweek, many of Wal-Mart's workers feel outright hostility toward the company, and, by extension, they often treat customers with indifference or worse. Walmart competes almost entirely on the basis of low price, and this makes it virtually inevitable that employees are paid poverty wages and morale remains rock bottom. According to one employee interviewed by Businessweek: If Wal-Mart doesn't care for me, why should I care?"

Logan also writes that after last weekıs revelation that the company intends to start denying health benefits to new associates working fewer than 30 hours per week - and shift the cost of their coverage onto taxpayers - it is unlikely that morale will improve anytime soon.

So Logan proposes a solution to determine once and for all if Walmart workers really do love their jobs.
”If Bender is so confident that the overwhelming majority of their associates “love” their low-wage, dead-end jobs, why not allow employees to decide for themselves on the issue of unionization, without subjecting them to aggressive and illegal management interference?

Why not call off the anti-union hit squads that are dispatched to stores across the country from Bentonville at the first indication of union activity? Why not stop the forced captive audience meetings, the one-on-one meetings with supervisors, and the anti-union indoctrination that starts at the very moment that employees are first hired at the company?

By all accounts, employee morale at Walmart has not improved since 2007. Earlier this year, Business Insider reported that, according to employees, working at Walmart is worse than Target and Costco.

Based on a survey of 1,800 employees conducted by Glassdoor, a web forum sharing employment-related information, the Bentonville giant came dead last when it comes to its treatment of employees. On every major indicator of employee well-being fairness and respect, employee morale, compensation and benefits, work-life balance, career opportunities and others Walmart scored significantly lower than its major competitors.”

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