To Whom it May Concern,
I would like to officially accept the position of the Chief Innovative Officer with Walmart. I am extremely grateful for this opportunity and have a plethora of ideas to make positive contributions to both the team and the company as a whole. It is well known that Walmart has taken a lot of heat the past couple of years regarding low wages. Stories of Walmart workers and their families living paycheck to paycheck, working unreasonable hours, and relying on government assistance for both their rent and health insurance in due time caught the public eye. Workers and activists have pushed for Walmart to raise their unsustainable level of minimum wage, and while Walmart has since raised its minimum wage to $13 an hour, these efforts alone aren’t enough.
Let’s think about the average Walmart consumer. Our own consumer demand is the exact middle-class that Walmart’s predatory employment practices have played a role in hollowing out. Profits are down, not because of the increase in wages, but because workers at both Walmart itself and other low-wage paying companies can no longer sustain a consumeristic lifestyle. So not only should wages be addressed as a reflection of Walmart’s moral compass and general compassion for its own employees, but also as a national issue that directly affects families worldwide and the business’s own consumers. Therefore, I propose that if Walmart wants to continue to thrive and prosper in the realm of retail, we should engage proactively in a national effort to raise the minimum wage level for all workers.
Taking on larger social issues can be and most commonly is compatible with building a stronger business. Walmart should expand its mission beyond treating its own employees well, and evolve into a company that stands against profitable corporations that pay their workers poverty-level wages and force taxpayers to make up the difference in food stamps, Medicaid and subsidized housing. Not only would this be in the best interest of our company, but addressing the social problem of stagnant US wages would benefit society as a whole. In order to execute this expansion of Walmart’s mission, I would like to propose to bring Haines onto our team. His consequentialist perspective on morality could provide pertinent insight when it comes to cost benefit analysis of future endeavors.
Looking at Walmart and their current treatment of employees, Haines would propose that the cost of undercutting wages outweighs the benefits on a national scale. Every additional penny that goes into the pockets of low-wage workers, logistically speaking, is funneled right back into the economy in order to pay for basic necessities such as food, clothing, medicine, transportation, etc. Therefore, increased wages simultaneously benefits the economy as a whole, by boosting consumer demand and creating new jobs. I would also like to bring Spencer and Patxi on board, whose expertise in McDonald’s labor issues would provide imperative insight to this particular innovation. Similar to Walmart’s low wage issue, large fast food chain McDonald’s forced workers to work off the clock and unjustly removed lunch breaks, all to which link back to larger flaws within the franchise system. Walmart has the potential to stand against mistreatment of employees and expand its mission beyond maximizing profit. As the newly appointed Chief Innovation Officer, I would like to make it my goal to do so.
Morgan Machado, CIO