Fighting the System at Wal*Mart
Fighting the System at Wal*MartReflection #2: Fighting the System at Wal*Mart and how it backfired, -costing me my Job.
Back in the summer of 2009, I was working the overnight shift at Wal-Mart as an electronics stock associate. My normal duties included, inventory accounting, expediting nightly freight, shelf stocking, and department cleanup. However, for several prior months leading up to July of that year; ever since our Management had changed, my list of nightly chores had expanded, too include coverage of three adjacent departments (Furniture, Domestics, and Toys) which I would randomly be expected to handle, all by myself at times. Needless to say the pressures and stresses of the daily grind in this work environment gradually began to affect my psychological demeanor with respect to my fellow employees, but mostly with third shift managers, which I found to have utterly ridiculous expectations. So much so in fact, that on some occasions I would even go on mental tie raids, where I’d throw boxes of freight angrily at the floor and lash out at helpers who never seemed to give me any help. However, my biggest faux-pox was trying to fight the system. One day I wrote a letter to the Store Manager explaining that the work that was heaped on me was creating an unsafe workplace environment and that my failure to finish my work and be out on time, as well as demonstrate a positive mental attitude towards my job and fellow associates was caused by unreasonable expectations set up by members of overnight management. So here’s my question: was I justified in making my gripes known, or was I foolish for not holding myself more accountable for actions that could possibly get me fired?
Well, as it turns out I would be justified according to Psychological determinism: (the type espoused by behaviorists such as B.F. Skinner), which declares that human beings are wholly physical beings whose development is totally determined by those external stimuli provided by their physical and cultural...