Walmart is trying to make their 1.2 million employees happy by cutting down the constant loop of Celine Dion and Justin Bieber music played on a corporate CD, reports NBC News. Walmart listened to the feedback of their workers who listed listening to Dion’s music all the time as one of their grievances. Bieber’s music appeared on the same Walmart CD.
It was during a recent meeting of 3,000 Walmart workers held in Fayetteville, Arkansas, that news out of the annual shareholders meeting broke, reports the Washington Post.
Besides, anti-Bieber Walmart feelings and Dion jokes abounded, reports the Guardian. A Walmart presentation apparently involved a puppet called Willie, who jokingly explained how the constant loop of Celine’s music affected his imaginary Walmart-working friend.
“One of [his] fellow associates recently developed a serious eye tic from hearing Celine’s greatest hits on loop in our stores.”
It’s not just Bieber and Dion who are being axed off the Walmart playlist in favor of music culled by a Walmart DJ. The strict Walmart dress code is also being relaxed a little bit in order to allow those who work in more physical parts of the store — like the gardening center and other places — to wear jeans.
Walmart CEO Greg Foran, told the crowd about the impetus for the changes, reports MTV News.
“There is nothing I like better than hearing about your jobs, your ideas, your hopes and dreams, and frustration, and listening to how we can make your lives easier.”
The strange part about Walmart addressing employee concerns of stores either being too cold or too hot is the slight amount of a degree adjustment that the thermostat will endure in some stores. Certain stores will see their temperature change from 74 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit — or fall from 76 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit — based on the climate and locale.
Besides “Radio Walmart” coming back — the program that allowed Walmart employees to choose the music they hear — which ended nearly 10 years ago, most employees want to hear news about pay rate increases.
As reported by the Inquisitr, Walmart was recently given kudos by comedian Tracy Morgan for stepping up to the plate and financially taking care of those involved in the tragic accident involving a Walmart truck and Morgan’s entourage. With the latest dress code changes announced, Walmart workers want to ensure they can afford to buy new clothes by making livable wages.
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