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Walmart’s Latest Bid for Employees: More Predictable Scheduling

Unpredictable workweeks are among the biggest sources of frustration for retail employees, and Walmart is hoping a new initiative to stabilize scheduling will put it ahead of its competition in terms of attracting new workers and retaining existing ones.
The retail giant, which employs more than one million people in its U.S. stores alone, is implementing a new system that will allow some workers to keep a fixed schedule for at least 13 weeks, and will give managers more accurate projections of how many staff members will be needed at any given time.
The rollout to all 4,600 U.S. locations comes after several years of testing at its Neighborhood Market stores, and its timing just as the busy holiday shopping season hits suggests that Walmart, like many of the country’s biggest retailers, is trying to get a leg up on the competition amid a tight labor market, record-high job openings and an unemployment rate of 3.7 percent, the lowest level since 1969.
While some have responded by raising their minimum wage — Amazon announced a new $15-per-hour threshold last month, while Target upped its minimum pay to $12, with plans to hit $15 by 2020 — and others are adding perks like increased

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