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Wal-Mart and Family Life

Posted by: WENDY on June 27, 1999 at 14:00:30:

I have always been a big supporter of Wal-Mart. I guess I became an even bigger supporter when I married my husband, an Assistant Manager in our local Wal-Mart store. However in recent months, I've noticed that my husbands's store director and district manager seem to think working 60 hours a week isn't good enough & he needs to be at the store even more. I on the other hand see it just the other way around. Plus the fact that in some stores, rumors are created by associates with too little to do & than spread them like wildfire. I know that most people would say why bother to react to these rumors if there is no basis. I just ask someone to put themselves in the same position. Love someone with all of your heart and trust them beyond a shadow of a doubt and then hear stupid rumors. Even though you know that they aren't true, when your spouse spends nearly every waking moment at that store rather than with you, your mind tends to wander.
Out of the six assistant managers here in our store 1 works overnights and rarely sees his wife because she works during the day, 1 just had his wife leave him because of the hours and stress the job put on him, 1 slept with numerous associates (very wrong move), 1 is divorced and never sees his only daughter, 1 I know very little about and the other my husband who feels his job is #1 priority.
I know that I can't blame all of my marital problems on the store, but I know other wives that couldn't stand the rumors, hours, stress, etc., so I know I'm not alone in these feelings that if Wal-Mart was really all about family life, why don't they make sure that associates (at any level) have enough time to come home at night for dinner or spend time with their families.
If anyone reads this and has experienced the same thing, I would like to hear from you. I love my husband and wish to support him in everything he does.

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