New Richmond IKEA fosters employee development

Set to open April 25, IKEA Richmond will be hiring an additional 50 workers for the 334,000-square-foot store and offering staff a range of perks.The Swedish furniture giant said in a press release, “With one of the lowest turnover rates in the Canadian retail industry, the new IKEA coworkers will be welcomed into an environment that fosters a feeling of community and encourages professional growth.” IKEA encourages professional development by offering its staff various training and tools. Each year, IKEA Canada publishes a Learning & Development program guide that includes over 45 training opportunities in the form of local in-store training, national training and specialized workshops to develop job competence, management and leadership abilities. IKEA employees are also encouraged to take responsibility for their development and are offered an educational assistance reimbursement of 75% for academic courses related to their career path at IKEA. Maya Abdou, Richmond store manager, said, “We are happy that we are in a position to be developing exciting new employment opportunities in our store and to be providing an improved working environment for our existing coworkers. “With the new store, our coworkers will enjoy a rooftop patio, a larger coworker restaurant as well as more meeting rooms and lockers.” Also, to celebrate the grand opening, IKEA Richmond is launching the IKEA Backpacker program. By participating in the program, employees have the opportunity to work alongside an experienced mentor in different store locations around the world. jharrison@BIV.com @JHarrisonBIV

Set to open April 25, IKEA Richmond will be hiring an additional 50 workers for the 334,000-square-foot store and offering staff a range of perks.

The Swedish furniture giant said in a press release, “With one of the lowest turnover rates in the Canadian retail industry, the new IKEA coworkers will be welcomed into an environment that fosters a feeling of community and encourages professional growth.”

IKEA encourages professional development by offering its staff various training and tools. Each year, IKEA Canada publishes a Learning & Development program guide that includes over 45 training opportunities in the form of local in-store training, national training and specialized workshops to develop job competence, management and leadership abilities.

IKEA employees are also encouraged to take responsibility for their development and are offered an educational assistance reimbursement of 75% for academic courses related to their career path at IKEA.

Maya Abdou, Richmond store manager, said, “We are happy that we are in a position to be developing exciting new employment opportunities in our store and to be providing an improved working environment for our existing coworkers.

“With the new store, our coworkers will enjoy a rooftop patio, a larger coworker restaurant as well as more meeting rooms and lockers.”

Also, to celebrate the grand opening, IKEA Richmond is launching the IKEA Backpacker program.

By participating in the program, employees have the opportunity to work alongside an experienced mentor in different store locations around the world.

jharrison@BIV.com

@JHarrisonBIV