Hourly-paid employees at IKEA stores across the country are in luck, as the Swedish furniture maker giant with U.S. headquarters in Conshohocken has announced it is expanding its benefits program, writes Lauren Weber for The Wall Street Journal.
IKEA, which employees around 13,000 workers in the United States has said that starting January 1, its benefit package will apply to all to its entire workforce, regardless of how many hours they work.
After one year, employees will be eligible to receive their full base pay for their first six weeks of maternity leave and half pay for another six weeks. Those who have been with IKEA for three years can get eight weeks at full pay and another eight at half.
IKEA executives noted that the multimillion-dollar cost of the new program is an investment in a workforce that will stay with the company longer.
“We know a workforce that has an opportunity to spend time with family and friends and particularly to welcome a new child will be happier and therefore do a better job,” said Lars Petersson, head of IKEA’s U.S. operations.
Read more about the furniture maker’s benefits program at The Wall Street Journal by clicking here.