Target: Ikea CFO Robert Olson
Goal: Thank Ikea for raising its minimum salary and helping employees earn a livable wage
Most large, international corporations do not pay their workers a livable salary. Ikea, however, is taking a strong stance in support of employees’ rights by raising its minimum wage across the United States. The home furnishing company is now going to be paying its employees according to an M.I.T Living Wage Calculator so that all its workers will be able to live moderately well on their salaries.
Ikea has 38 locations across the United States. Each location will have a different wage increase based on each location’s minimum wages. This company’s increase followed other companies’ raises like GAP and various hospitals. Higher minimum wages can increase work productivity and help companies hire more efficient people suited to the jobs. The M.I.T. Living Wage Calculator is an intensive program used to determine what an individual or family must make in order to survive in a city. It includes the cost of housing, food, transportation, and other necessities of everyday living. By using this city-specific calculator, Ikea can more effectively determine how much an employee must make to live. The company’s decision is based on its desire to provide “a better everyday life our people,” according to Robert Olson, the Ikea president in the United States.
Thank Ikea for its monumental decision to increase the minimum wage and help every one of its employees live well.
Dear Mr. Olson,
I recently heard about Ikea’s decision to increase the minimum wage for its American workers. This is a fantastic decision, and I am thrilled that Ikea is supporting workers’ rights. Studies have shown that employees who are paid more are more efficient and have lower turnover rates. By focusing on your workers instead of competitors, you show your support for workers’ living wages and unions, which help negotiate these. All workers need a minimum amount to be able to buy food, have reliable transportation, and have a roof over their heads.
Thank you for this fantastic move to increase the minimum salary for your employees across the 38 Ikea locations in the United States.
[Your Name Here]
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