Ikea Norway gets employees in Christmas spirit with huge bonuses

Ikea has decided to give its employees in Norway an early Christmas present.

Ikea Norway gets employees in Christmas spirit with huge bonuses
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Bonuses averaging as much as 40,000 kroner per person are to be paid by the furniture chain to its staff, Nettavisen reports.

The company’s 3,000 employees in Norway can look forward to receiving their cash gift before Christmas.

“All staff who have worked for at least 6 months in total throughout the year will be given a bonus of 113 percent. That means that each employee will be given more than one monthly wage extra in December,” Ikea Retail Norway’s acting head of communications Siv E. Egger Westin told Nettavisen.

The bonus payout will cost Ikea 120 million kroner.

Although the company has regularly handed out Christmas bonuses in the past, they are not usually big as this year’s.

In 2016 and 2017, Christmas bonuses by the company’s Norwegian arm averaged around 12,500 kroner.

“When we deliver good results, it’s thanks to our staff who are there every day. That’s why we want to give something back, and the bonus is a good way to do it,” Westin told Nettavisen.

The financial year from September 2018-August 2019 was a good one for Ikea with strong growth, the spokesperson said.

“We have good reason to give a bonus to our employees,” she said.

That reflects an upturn for the company compared to 2018, when sales fell for the first time in 20 years and plans to build 4 new stores were shelved.

A “planning studio” at which customers can plan new designs for their homes will be Oslo’s Akersgata in February, Westin told Nettavisen.

That will provide a central location in contrast to the tradition out-of-town placement of Ikea stores.

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Danish Ikea store shelters staff and customers overnight during snowstorm

Heavy snowfall left 31 people looking for a spare cushion at the Aalborg branch of Ikea on Wednesday as they were forced to spend the night at the store.

A file photo at Ikea in Aalborg, where 31 people stayed overnight during a snowstorm on December 1st 2021.
A file photo at Ikea in Aalborg, where 31 people stayed overnight during a snowstorm on December 1st 2021. Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

Anyone who has found themselves wandering the mazy aisles of an Ikea might be able to empathise with the sense of being lost in the furniture store for a seemingly indefinite time.

Such a feeling was probably more real than usual for six customers and 25 staff members who were forced to spend the night at the furniture giant’s Aalborg branch after being snowed in.

Heavy snow in North Jutland brought traffic to a standstill and halted public transport in parts of the region on Wednesday afternoon, resulting in a snow-in at Ikea.

“This is certainly a new situation for us,” Ikea Aalborg store manager Peter Elmose told local media Nordjyske, which first reported the story.

“It’s certainly not how I thought my day would end when I drove to work this morning,” Elmose added.

The 31 people gathered in the store’s restaurant area and planned to see Christmas television and football to pass the evening, the store’s manager reported to Nordjyske.

“Our kitchen staff have made sure there is hot chocolate, risalamande, pastries, soft drinks, coffee and the odd beer for us in light of the occasion. So we’ll be able to keep warm,” he said.

“We couldn’t just send them outside and lock the door behind them at our 8pm closing time. Absolutely not. So of course they’ll be staying here,” he added.

The temporary guests were given lodging in different departments of the store in view of the Covid-19 situation, Nordjyske writes.

“For us , the most important thing was to take care of each other and that everyone feels safe,” Elmose said.

At least Ikea’s stranded customers and staff had somewhere comfortable to lay their heads.

The same can unlikely be said for around 300 passengers at the city’s airport who had to stay overnight at the terminal.

The airport was forced to stop flights from 2:30pm yesterday amid worsening weather, which also prevented buses from transferring passengers to hotels.

“We have around 300 people in the terminal right now and have been giving out blankets on the assumption they will be staying here tonight,” Aalborg Airport operations manager Kim Bermann told Nordjyske.

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