Walmart revealed a new app yesterday to help employees see work schedules, clock in, communicate with one another and locate merchandise.
- To ensure access to the app, Walmart will provide more than 740,000 Samsung smartphones to employees by the end of the year, free of charge.
- That's roughly half of its U.S. workforce.
Why it matters: Walmart's app combines HR functions with retail-related communications to help employees work more efficiently.
The phones are WiFi-enabled so employees can use them at work without cost. They can choose to use them as a personal device, but will have to pay for their own cell service.
- The app, dubbed [email protected], will block work-related features while an employee is off the clock.
- The company promises employees' personal privacy will be safeguarded.
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