In just over 4 months the nations largest retailer continues what constitutes as blatant infringement upon an employees right to be a Good Samaritan. The Good Samaritan laws or acts are ones that offer legal protection to people who give reasonable assistance to those who are injured, ill, in peril, or otherwise incapacitated. In some cases, Good Samaritan laws encourage people to offer assistance [duty to rescue] But, Wal-Mart has shown repeatedly a total disregard for the Good Samaritan not only in regards toward their employees but by doing so have put patrons at risk. The current policies that have led to so many Wal-Mart employees being dismissed really has shown Wal-Marts true colors. Their total disregard for the many employees and customers alike by wilfully displaying acts of reprisals against well meaning persons who just happen to be Wal-Mart employees has only intensified. Again and again corporate policies enacted continue to display what is exactly wrong with so many businesses today. These current policies that showcase a revolving door attitude toward employees indicate the true nature of many of today's business. It is these policies displayed by companies such as Wal-Mart just show how far removed they are from a business climate that fosters both compassion and economic growth all at the same time.
The latest incident in Michigan where a Wal-Mart employee on his break intervened and just maybe saved a women's life was none the less fired just because it was against corporate policy to personally come to the aid of anyone. In this case it was a women being assaulted in the parking lot. There have been so many other incidents just like this one where an employee came to the aid of someone in distress. So much for the Good Samaritan attitude that seems to prevail in almost all of us. Good intentions or not what was this employee supposed to do? Well according to corporate policy they are to take no personal involvement but to notify police or management. In this case and in so many more just like it if that employee had followed proper prodical and went to phone police or locate management the outcome would have been far more disastrous. In Wal-Mart's policy the justification is that the bottom line would have been hurt if the employee got injured and not the victim. Insurance rules the game not the welfare of either the customer or the employee.
With the latest push in advertising that Wal-Mart is a smart choice to save money while having the best available groceries really is a stretch to say the least. As a customer and a consumer of local Wal-Mart products it is quite obvious that the average employee is not treated very well. A basic rule of economics especially in the business world when employees are mistreated, or not valued for their contributions to the company in ways that have financial benefits the products, goods, or services that employees produce suffer. When that happens so does the bottom line. Too many businesses today really can't figure that one out and continually use the revolving door philosophy in regards to their employees.
The reality today is a cut-throat mentality by corporate leaders that underscore the true nature of the relationship toward the hourly worker. When a corporation the size of Wal-Mart whose stock values have only increased and quarterly earnings continue to soar they have done so all at the expense of their employees. It is more than evident that the nations largest retailer if it really wants to change their image, and increase their profit margin they have to realize that the employee really are the most valuable asset of a company. And when one employee displays and acts on an incident like that women who was assaulted in that Wal-Mart parking lot as only a Good Samaritan would in preventing a major tragedy must be regarded as a courageous act in protecting the customer. Instead of penalizing or firing that employee reward them for that one incident alone just maybe worth more any advertising that money can buy. Now, all that is occurring in negative advertising on just how awful Wal-Mart is toward their employees and that results in negative promotion of their products as well. The bottom line is this, until Wal-Mat revises their policies it really is the bottom line that will continue to suffer.