BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart announced on Thursday a plan for a special cash bonus to both full and part-time hourly associates to show appreciation for the hard put forth to customer service in the current national health crisis.
Full-time associates would receive a bonus of $300, while part-time associates would receive $150. To be eligible, associates must have been employed with the company by March 1.
With the additional bonus, the company announced that it will also accelerate the quarterly bonus for employees (due in May) that would pay out an additional $180 million to employees nationwide. This bonus has the potential to increase based on employee performances.
In regards to the bonus, Walmart President & CEO Doug McMillon stated:
"Walmart associates have gone above and beyond the call of duty in serving our customers during these unprecedented times, We want to reward our associates for their hard work and recognize them for the work that is in front of us."
The company also aims to hire more than 150,000 hourly associates nationwide through the end of May, including roughly 5,700 in Ohio alone. Hiring includes associates in not only stores but clubs, distribution and fulfillment centers as well.
This hiring move is focused on helping those who have been recently left unemployed with the current national health concern and aims to help the company better serve it’s customers and communities.
"We know millions of Americans who are usually employed at this time are temporarily out of work, and at the same time we’re currently seeing strong demand in our stores" McMillon said.
The company will accelerate their usual two-week application process to a faster 24-hour process to quickly meet their goal, those interested in applying should visit their career site. Recent local openings include:
- Mayfield Heights
- New Philadelphia
- North Canton
- North Olmsted
- South Euclid