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International Womens Day IKEA Gateshead

International Womens Day IKEA Gateshead

International Womens Day IKEA Gateshead

As a values-driven organisation, IKEA is committed to becoming a truly gender equal business in every market in which it operates by 2020. The UK has already made great strides with IKEA Gateshead achieving an equal proportion of male (48.1%) and female (51.9%) co-workers.

Sarah, aged 30, started her career at IKEA Gateshead in 2014 as a co-worker in the Kitchen department, while bringing up her two-year- old son. After quickly progressing from a co-worker in various departments, including Home Organisation and Textiles, Sarah secured a position as Commercial Activities Leader.
She recently became Home Decoration Shopkeeper, which is a highly coveted role leading the department area and team. Sarah comments: “As a working mum, I feel incredibly supported at IKEA to work flexibly and take time off to look after my son. I’m able to balance my family and work life without having to make any sacrifices. “What’s more, I’m continually motivated to succeed in my career and I know that my gender, nor being a mother, will hinder my progression opportunities within the business. Working with women from all backgrounds and being led by a female CEO is also hugely inspiring.”

At IKEA, Sarah is offered time off work to accompany her son on his first day of school each year – a benefit that is offered to all parents working across the business.

“The unique culture at IKEA allows everyone to be themselves and strive for their goals, regardless of their background. Since joining IKEA, I’ve always been intrigued by the company’s value of togetherness and the emphasis on working as a team to achieve our goals,” continues Sarah.

Sarah is eager to continue developing at IKEA and has established a clear progression plan with her line manager. To further her career growth, Sarah has received a wealth of training in leadership skills in her role.

She said: “After my manager noticed my potential as a leader, I was encouraged to take up leadership training to progress my development. This support gave me the confidence to believe in my own abilities and future career growth, while looking after my young child. 

“International Women’s Day is a time to celebrate and encourage women in the workplace. I’m extremely grateful to IKEA for the continued support and encouragement, both in my professional and personal life, and I look forward to continuing to grow with the business.”