Walmart’s New Uniform Mandate Angers Employees


Walmart has recently decided to implement a new dress code that will likely require many of their employees to purchase new clothing. According to Gawker, many employees are not happy about this and are sounding off on the company’s internal online forums.

The new dress code, as Walmart.com website explains, is to be a collared navy blue or white shirt, khaki or black pants, capris, skirts or shorts. Walmart was sure to mention that their employees can purchase all of the new uniform pieces from the store and are able to use their 10% associate discount as well.

As can be expected, some employees are none too pleased with this new change, regardless of the employee discount. Take a look at one of the comments straight from a Walmart employee:

“With all due respect to the company, this is more of a financial burden to our family since this is our only source of income with my wife and two kids. We can hardly afford to live on my income now with us having to pay for a new uniform (aside from the vest). It’s silly. The uniform we have now works. Why change it?”

Associates feel as though they shouldn’t have to buy all new uniforms with the low wages they make. Many feel that the financial burden of having to by new clothing is too much and unnecessary of there isn’t going to be any assistance from the company. Walmart has come out to say that the only major change is the collared shirts, but that they are listening to their associates.

Kory Lundberg, Walmart’s spokesperson says, “We’re certainly hearing from our associates. But we’re [also] hearing from a large number of associates who are looking forward to the new dress code.” Lundberg went on to say “Walmart began to inform employees in July about the upcoming changes so they would have time to prepare and purchase the shirts.”

Source:
Sherman, E. (2014, September 4). Top Companies HiringWalmart WoesFast-Food Strike Resume Templates Best Companies to Work ForEntry-Level Jobs View All Articles Low-Wage Walmart Workers Angry Over New Uniform Mandate. Retrieved September 4, 2014, from http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2014/09/04/low-wage-walmart-workers-angry-over-new-uniform-mandate/

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