Sample Research Proposal on Employee Wages and Work Hours Program

Employee Wages and Work Hours Program


Topic and Purpose

Wal-Mart has been at the center of criticism based on its policies on employees. There is argumentative evidence proving the company’s position on employees’ low pay, lack of health insurance for some workers, questionable dignity regarding the job, company heavy dependence on part-time and low participation and recognition of the workers. In view of the above-mentioned challenges facing employees, this study focuses on the particular problems affecting employees. In doing so, this report will undertake a critical evaluation on policy formulation by Wal-Mart in an endeavor to develop and implement employee wages and work hours program, which attempts to promote workers satisfaction while at the same time the company, remains globally competitive.


This study begins by examining programs that can be implemented to address employees’ low pay at Wal-Mart. Similarly, this report will undertake a critical evaluation of program implementation that seeks to address the work hours program for the employees while aligning the wages and working hours. In doing so, the report will focus on the ways in which the company will ensure employees’ recognition and participation through objective policy formulation and implementation on the part of the company. Additionally, this study will evaluate various ways of promoting the competitiveness of the company through elaborate employee satisfaction. Accordingly, this report will conclude by giving a summary of key findings, and finally, it will offer program recommendations that Wal-Mart can implement to solve employee wages and work hours’ program.



Wal-Mart has been reporting a net income that averages over $11 billion in the last few years. Nonetheless, with the high net income, the company has failed to remedy or address its questionable practices in the marketplace. There are numerous claims about the company’s violations of wage law, exploitation of workers, insufficient healthcare, and the company’s anti-union standpoint. In addition, the company often cites higher wages contrary to what it actually offers to its workforce, for instance, the company’s associate workers make an estimated $8.81 per hour. As such, employees who work full-time, that is, thirty-fours per week according to the full-time definition of the company, make $15,500 in a calendar year. Accordingly, it is evident that most of the people who work full-time at Wal-Mart live under the poverty line.

Moreover, Wal-Mart pays its employees less than what other retail firms pay their workforce. A study that compared other merchandising employers with Wal-Mart, established a wage gap of over 17.4% whereby Wal-Mart employees earn less as compared to other retail employers. Therefore, this study will endeavor to offer policy outlines on the best practices that will promote the welfare of the employees through equitable wages, work hours programs, and other benefits such as healthcare.


This study will rely on a descriptive research design with a solid focus on the qualitative approach. Secondary sources of data will be crucial more particularly from journals, magazines, the internet, theses, and other relevant academic literature.  The sources will offer previous research findings on various programs that can address employees’ stalemates on low pay, health insurance, their recognition and participation, benefits, and exploitation. Additionally, there exist prior recorded statements of the Wal-Mart employees, which will be imperative in achieving the objective of the study.

Document Outline

This report will have the following headings and subheadings

  • Introduction
  • Topic and Purpose
  • Scope
  • Methodology
  • Findings
  • Summary and Conclusion
  • Recommendations



The findings from this study will be essential in informing retail industry stakeholders on the best practices that promote employee satisfaction, participation, and recognition. Similarly, the study findings will provide a framework under which employers can address many employee issues such as healthcare insurance, low wages, exploitation, and working on part-time. Lastly, the study findings will add knowledge to the existing scholarly literature.

A Study Timeline

This study will follow the schedule below.

Proposal planning March 2016
Researching on proposal March 2016
Proposal drafting March 2016
Revising March 2016
Presentation of the project for Marking April 2016

 Works Cited

Brea‐Solís, H., Casadesus‐Masanell, R., & Grifell‐Tatjé, E. (2015). Business model evaluation:

quantifying Walmart’s sources of advantage. Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, 9(1), 12-33.