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.
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.
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.