Walmart is preparing to return to work during the coronavirus pandemic

‘Every Day Is Frightening’: Working For Walmart Amid Covid-19 Lockdown

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, Walmart is now facing the challenge of ensuring that workers get the time away from work and social distancing that they need to be able to get through this difficult time. So it’s not surprising that the company is looking to make sure not only everyone is able to return to work, but that they are able to do so safely.

“Every day is frightening. It’s a horrible grind. And in the end it’s an exhilarating job,” Walmart chief operating officer Greg Foran told employees at a town hall meeting Tuesday night. “I tell people, at our company, we have one of the largest stores in the world, and I have about 2,000 part-timers. And of those 2,000, there’s going to be people that won’t be at their desks because they’re in quarantine, or they’re not 100% safe at home, and so we’re going to have to find a way to make this work… because we want every one of you to feel that we’re doing everything we can to get to you and make it as safe as possible.”

As The Washington Post reports, Walmart has a “plan in place for workers who will be returning to work in the coming weeks amid the coronavirus outbreak,” which includes a “three-phase ramp-up,” and is “scoping out an ‘all remote’ workplace where workers can stay in their homes without working remotely for the duration of the outbreak.”

The plan also notes that the company is “working with government agencies to share best practices on how to return to work safely” and to provide resources “for workers on how to stay safe while working from home” including “tools and resources for remote work” and “health screenings.”

The company notes that this ramp-up will take place gradually, “to support workers as they return to work after the start of the public health response.” Walmart is also “working closely with the U.S. Department of Labor and other national and state government agencies to get more workers back to work.”

Walmart says that it has “many flexible plans” for workers to return to the company “even during this public health crisis.” The plan notes, “We believe these are the best options to ensure the safety of our associates during this

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