Last week, Walmart announced that it plans on hiring 150,000 more workers to help meet surging demand amid the coronavirus pandemic. The largest private employer in the U.S. wants to hire new associates through the end of May to work in stores, clubs, distribution centers, and fulfillment centers. While the roles will initially be temporary, they could lead to permanent jobs over time. In a statement, Walmart said that it has reached out to industry groups that represent restaurants and hospitality, industries that have been hit hard by the pandemic, to provide temporary roles for their employees. To speed up the hiring process for roles like cashiers and stockers, the hiring process will be reduced from a two-week application cycle to a 24-hour one.
According to a press release, Walmart also plans on giving its hourly associates who were employed as of March 1 a cash bonus for “their hard work and dedication to serving customers in a time of an unprecedented national health crisis.” The bonus, which will add up to more than $365 million, will be given to all U.S. hourly associates in stores, clubs, supply chain, and offices.
“Walmart associates have gone above and beyond the call of duty in serving our customers during these unprecedented times,” Walmart President and CEO Doug McMillon said in a statement . “We want to reward our associates for their hard work and recognize them for the work that is in front of us.”
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