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Ikea likes "happier co-workers, customers," boosts average minimum wage to $10.76



"I am Laffy and I am an Ikea -oholic."

"Hi Laffy!"

Recently, Mr. Laffy and I spent 2 afternoons assembling four Ikea cabinets. They turned out beautiful, and are functional and less expensive than buying them from some fancy schmancy furniture store. We've shopped at Ikea for decades, buying everything from kitchen supplies to indoor and outdoor furniture to unique decor items. They have really cool stuff. We have, however, avoided their meatballs, but that's another story for another time.

Now we have even more reason to support Ikea. They're into making their employees and customers "happier," as well as creating a positive "shopping experience." How? By raising their minimum hourly wage to $10.76, which is 66 cents more than President Obama was shooting for. Works for us.

As we speak, the federal minimum wage is still $7.25 an hour and hasn't changed since 2009. Personally, I'd like to see wages kicked up to at least $15 an hour, but what do I know? I'm just a dumb lefty socialist Marxist commie who wants to see our country fail and our first black president become the Dictator O' the Whole Wide World.

Via the Los Angeles Times:

Ikea US will boost the average minimum hourly wage across its 38 retail locations to $10.76 beginning Jan. 1, 2015. That's a 17% bump from its current $9.17-an-hour starting wage, and $3.51 above the federal minimum.

"The happier the co-worker, the happier the customer and the better the overall shopping experience," said Ikea's acting U.S. president, Rob Olson. "We wanted to be less concerned about the competition and more concerned about offering our co-workers a better everyday life." [...]

[H]igher wages would also likely spur more spending by workers, potentially giving businesses more revenues to pay their staffs.

What? Someone who disagrees with the GOP, yet is busting his rumpa to comply with the the United States Declaration of Independence's "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness"? What does he think he is... a patriot?

Here's what the National Retail Federation said about the proposal: It's "an anti-job tax." That is SO Republican Tightwad Corporatists ago, NRF. Grow up.

In fact, take a gander at the Gap stores, naysayers. They're raising their minimum wage to $10 an hour by 2015, which would affect 65,000 of its 90,000 employees in the U.S.

scream fear

Gaaaaaa! Hide the kids! Better yet, hide your wallets! Prices will SKYROCKET! Jobs will be slashed!! We're all gonna DIE!!

Since the announcement, the San Francisco company said, job applications for positions at its namesake brand and its lower-priced Old Navy label saw a double-digit increase from the same period a year earlier. Interest from job seekers also swelled at Gap's Banana Republic and Athleta stores.

So how is Ikea's top guy responding to all the panic? Well, for one, he says Ikea will keep on keeping on with even lower prices to attract even more shoppers. Because, see, shoppers really really like cheaper stuff. File that under "Duh."

Plus, says he, paying his employees more will lead to more and better job applicants, less employee turnover, and better customer service. Why? Because workers will stay put at their Ikea jobs longer and feel even more loyalty.

Finally, he said, "Even though the margins might be lower, the bottom line ends up doing better."

And that, GOP, is the Swedish American way! Here's too many more slutspurts, Mr. Olson. *clink!*

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McDonald's advises their employees to not eat at McDonald's


McDonald's don't eat our food

Memo to businesses, specifically McDonald's: Profiting off of unhealthy products is not the best way to boost your image or inspire confidence, nor is it good for your customers. However, if you insist on doing so, please note that advising your own employees against ingesting the very product that they are selling is confusing, idiotic, contradictory, laughable, and not good for their morale... or your bottom line.

Oh, and one really awesome way to keep your employees healthy and well-fed is to pay them decent wages.

Via Yahoo:

A McDonalds website providing resources to its employees advises against eating hamburgers, fries and sodas. CNBC first noticed the latest in a series of strange pieces of advice provided by the fast food company to its employees. "While convenient and economical for a busy lifestyle," McDonalds says of its primary product, "fast foods are typically high in calories, fat, saturated fat, sugar, and salt and may put people at risk for becoming overweight."

It goes on: "In general, people with high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease must be very careful about choosing fast food because of its high fat, salt, and sugar levels."

Oops. Excellent advice, but... oops.

As you can see from the graphic above, A.D.A.M., Inc. is providing this oh, so wise guidance. Who the heck is this A.D.A.M. we speak of?

A.D.A.M., Inc. is accredited by URAC, also known as the American Accreditation HealthCare Commission ( URAC's accreditation program is an independent audit to verify that A.D.A.M. follows rigorous standards of quality and accountability. A.D.A.M. is among the first to achieve this important distinction for online health information and services. Learn more about A.D.A.M.'s editorial policy, editorial process and privacy policy. A.D.A.M. is also a founding member of Hi-Ethics and subscribes to the principles of the Health on the Net Foundation (

As the Yahoo piece notes, A.D.A.M. isn't saying that healthy food is non-existent in restaurants like McDonald's, but it is presenting a "challenge" to them. And then the piece goes on to make an excellent point:

[T]he bigger question seems to be how McDonald's employees would be able to afford healthier food on the wages they earn slinging burgers.

ding ding dingPlease link over to read the last paragraph, because it is a splendid reminder of how Mickey D treats its employees.

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