WASHINGTON — In signs of a changing corporate strategy, part-time and temporary workers are the new norm. Reuters reports that Wal-Mart is shifting to this strategy and seems to be focused on cutting costs.
This temporary worker hiring spree is one of the first times that a retailer has hired temporary workers in high volume when it is not holiday retail season. Some surmise it could be due to ObamaCare while others say the weak economy could be to blame.
Yet businesses like Wal-Mart claim it is “not a cost-cutting move” and point out that temporary workers are paid the same starting salary as full-time workers. But, the benefit is that the businesses can have adequate staff on hand when weeknights and weekends get busy.