|Sick of It.
||[Jun. 25th, 2004|09:10 pm]
My Wal-Mart, My Ass!
Hello, Wal-Mart associates, non-associates, and customers -- it's me again, and today, I'd like to talk about the sick day policy of Wal-Mart. Why? Well, it just got brought to my attention, and while Wal-Mart has plenty of policies that annoy me, this one is very fresh in my mind. This is not confidential data, as it's not copied verbatim from any Wal-Mart policy manual and is merely an explanation of how it works as far as I know. Here's the way it works:
If you are sick, and you call out, that counts as an unapproved absence. (So does not showing up, I believe.) If you have three of these in a six-month rolling period, you get a verbal coaching (in short, you get bitched at, and they write down that they verbally bitched at you in case they have to bitch at you more later.) Four gets you a written coaching (in short, not only do they bitch at you, but they put it in your employee record.) Five nets you a D-Day (yeah, it's pretty much what it sounds like -- you get a day to sit at home and write out why you should be allowed to keep your job. Six and you're fired.
In order to be able to use your sick days, you must be out a minimum of two days (you don't get paid for the first day, and would need to use a personal day for it.) Furthermore, in order for your absence to be 'approved', you have to have a doctor's note. Nevermind that you're unable to see straight, vomiting on random things, whatever -- you need a doctor's note in order to have an approved absence.
An absence consists of 'however long you are out' -- so as long as you're out one day, you might as well be out two or more, approved or not.
Of course, if you can't afford a doctor, don't worry, Wal-Mart is a family-oriented, understanding environment. All you have to do is go to work, and explain to your manager that you are feeling unwell and won't be able to come in the next day -- and they'll benevolently change your schedule so that tomorrow is your day off instead of its normal day.
(Incidentally, you are not allowed to be more than ten minutes early or fifteen minutes late to arrive - mostly because the time clock simply won't let you clock in at all. Three 'tardies' also counts as an unapproved absence -- just like high school! Only in high school, you don't have to sign an agreement when you enter the school that says you can drop out whenever you want, and they can expel you whenever they want.)
So let's review. If you're feeling sick, you have three company-approved choices:
-- See a doctor, and hope you either have medical insurance (which eats a large fraction of your paycheck -- and let's not forget how much you have to pay out of your own pocket per year before they start to cover anything...) or a good lawyer.
-- Predict how sick you are going to be the day before you are too sick to work, so that you can spend your day off being sick.
-- Be sick on your day off to begin with, thus solving the problem.
I suppose that if you lose consciousness on the salesfloor, or vomit directly on a member of management, they may send you home for the rest of the day (and call it an 'approved left early' in their little tracking system), but that's about it. So if you work for Wal-Mart, better either have a good family doctor and a better insurance plan from your spouse's job, or a very very strong immune system.