How Businesses Are Helping Their Employees During This Crisis
By Jenny Frye, Contributing Writer
Many businesses across the globe are suffering during the coronavirus pandemic, however some businesses are adjusting to help their employees during this difficult time.
Although many retailers, restaurants, and small businesses are taking a hit by closing, other businesses are essential in staying open. Grocery stores and pharmacies are in high demand right now and many employees continue to work despite COVID-19.
Businesses such as Walmart, are rewarding their brave employees with higher wages and additional bonuses. Hourly wages will be raised by $2 for each employee, which can range from $15-$19 dollars per hour. Bonuses will be added to each employee beginning April 2. These bonuses are predicted to have a positive effect on the economy as Walmart is the largest employer in the country.
Dan Bartlett the VP of corporate affairs for Walmart, reported to CNBC that “It is quite frankly, unprecedented, the type of sustained pressure that we’re seeing, it is like Black Friday day after day after day in some respects.”
Our associates are our heroes. To say thank you, we’re providing nearly $550M through special bonuses and advanced quarterly bonus payouts to hourly store, club and supply chain associates. We’re also hiring! We plan to add 150,000 jobs. Read more here: https://t.co/Xdw0F8TkwR pic.twitter.com/TCYyibpDDU
— Walmart Inc. (@WalmartInc) March 20, 2020
Movieguide® continues to pray for all people affected by COVID-19 across the globe. It is uplifting to hear that employees who are risking their health, are being rewarded for their bravery. These employees are making an impact as they keep the grocery stores open for multiple communities.
In addition to Walmart, other big retailers such as Target, CVS, and Walgreens are helping their employees during this crisis. Target will also be raising hourly wages by $2 for employees until May 2. Mangers who oversee departments will receive a bonus of $250-$1,500, and there will be an option for paid leave for team members who have special circumstances. This includes anyone over the age of 65, pregnant, or any team members with underlying health conditions.
CVS, Kroger, and Walgreens will also be giving bonuses to employees. More jobs will continue to open for large grocery employers, as Walmart is expected to hire 150,000 new employees in a 24-hour hiring process. Amazon plans to hire an additional 100,000 employees to keep up with the demand of online orders and Instacart just shared similar hiring plans.
Movieguide® continues to pray for all people affected by coronavirus across the nation. Hopefully, the creation of these new jobs can help those who are unemployed due to the pandemic.