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Report: Walmart tests new store employee structure

BY CSA Staff

Walmart is testing a program that gives some store employees more responsibilities and pay.

The program, called “Great Workplace,” is in place in about 75 locations, primarily Walmart’s Neighborhood Market grocery stores, reported Bloomberg. It will expand to certain departments in more than 50 Walmart supercenter locations next month.

The new hierarchy of store positions is made up of store managers at the top, followed by the new position of “business leads” who will manage the store’s finances and all hiring efforts with a salary that is about 10% higher compared to what assistant store managers currently make, according to the report. Next on the new structure are “team leads,” whose pay starts at $18 an hour and who will supervise groups of eight to 10 front-line employees.

Stores in the program a receive a “toolkit” with magnetic boards that will be used to assign employees individual responsibility – what Walmart calls “ownership” – for specific areas of the store, the report said. The kit also includes “attitude cards” that managers carry around with them during shifts, so they can remind staffers of the four behaviors promoted by the program: Be bold, be an owner, be open and be kind.

Employees who perform well will earn “stars” that can eventually lead to some type of reward, Bloomberg reported. For more, click here.

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