originally posted by: BO XIAN
a reply to: generik
Perhaps enough . . . communications . . . from enough citizens could cause a change?
Though I'm not impressed with intrenched evil's willingness or even capacity to change, regardless.
I wonder . . .
i seriously doubt communication would achieve any good. the only thing a company such as wal-mart pays attention to is the bottom line. and sadly it
is doubtful enough people would do something like stop shopping there to make them listen. too many people believe that things at wal-mart are cheaper
which isn't even true, which is why sams club FAILED in Canada. people went, they saw the prices were almost identical to costco, and so they stayed
with costco seeing no value of switching over. wal-mart is the same, in most cases items if they are cheaper than other stores it may only be a few
pennies different. but people have been conditioned to believe wal-mart is cheaper.
something many people don't know is that there are shareholders (one is a group of nuns if i remember right) that have been trying for years to get
the company to listen and change. the thing is they have nowhere near the holdings they need to force change through voting themselves. they make
that have to be voted on at the annual meetings. then the board of directors when they put out the meeting information recommend
those proposals. now most shareholders can not make those meetings, in fact each store sends a couple representatives (a lot of
employees have stock, something sam walton put in place), as they get 10% i believe it is extra added by the company for what they spend buying stock.
so of course they buy it, some even sell off every year to gain that 10% extra money. now since they all can't go to the meeting when the cards and
information come out most people just sign the proxy which lets the company
vote for them, sure they can specify how they want to vote on each
proposal, but most just choose to let the company do what they think is right. especially since in the information they get there are all sorts of
"logical" reasons put forth to vote for what the company wants and against proposals the company does not like. add to that that there is a feeling
that since they don't own much stock, their votes really don't count anyway (which to a large extent is true when you consider how much stock is
owned by both the waltons and the board of directors who have very large stock options as part of their perks, and when you get paid A FEW MILLION A
YEAR, you tend to take advantage of).
how many stores are like that? How much is corporate policy vs managers' nonsense?
that is a good question. some of it like the scheduling issues
is the store manager and those below him who he lets do it, in fact pressure
would even be applied from both the store manager and home office on who and how to schedule certain people. it is likely even store manager's choice
who to "hound" for theft as a revenge, possibly depending on the reasons for it. but when it comes to the blackmail scheme
that is definitely
corporate, since there always seems to be a security person from home office there directly involved in the proceedings. having worked at multiple
locations, and working extra hours at many more as well as being in fairly constant communications with other stores (we were always needing to call
each other for all sorts of reasons), most problems seemed to occur across the board. some stores depending on their management were worse than others
just as store manager and other management changes seemed to effect some of the issues in a store as well.
of interesting note, just after coming back from a long time off due to injury, my direct supervisor (who i got along with well before and after the
transfer), was rather insistent that i apply for a transfer to another store that was looking for staff (to be frank about it, it had been set up
between him and my new supervisor that i would go, all wheels were greased for it to happen), "for my own good", and that i should watch my back and
keep being "mr follow the rules to a T" and "CYA" as i was known for. it was also an interesting thing when my last shift before transfer when i
was opening up i just happened to find our till's cash bag from the night before in our washroom, of course i smelled rat and took it straight to the
cash office who had "just" started to look for it and getting ready to call it in as stolen. interesting coincidence
don't you think? i also
found it rather interesting
that just before i was layed off and having been off due to a work injury and having serious issues with the so
called light duties they were assigning me, in which i called the proper government authorities to help try to deal with it. that i kept finding
security tags hidden in my belongings (including tearing a small hole in a jacket and one placed inside), and then after marching in to the store
manager's office freaking out about that a few times, i started finding merchandise i did not buy hidden in my belongings? another set of interesting
don't you think?
I know an assistant pastor who used to be a store manager and he was a good guy.
i knew a few good guy managers, and other store management, as well as home office people. people who did their best and tried to keep associates
happy and content. some were just plain awesome people who would try to do what they could for everyone. others on the other hand were the extreme
opposite, those that would force you to break laws if you wanted to keep your job. those who would make decisions that didn't work and then feed
someone to the wolves for doing it, placing the blame on them. those who would back-stab others in order to take their position. those who had no clue
what they were doing or talking about (not really their fault since they shouldn't have been put in a position to manage something they knew nothing
about in the first place due to combining departments like pharmacy and automotive shop under the same district manager), yet acted like they did
causing chaos as they told people to do the wrong (sometimes even dangerous) things, and paying no attention to those who did know because they are
. telling associates to lie
to customers and hard sell them services they didn't need. those that would try to force managers
into getting rid of long time employees, to replace them with new hires they could pay less (yeah that 25 cents a year raise was too much money to pay
after a few years), then cutting the wage budget, and then freaking out about not having enough staff AND going over budget on wages. yup some of them
are real gems, and guess which are the ones who seem to get promoted especially those promoted to home office jobs?