Within the entrance to Ikea Hubhult in Malmö there is a "meeting place". Usually it's called a great staircase based on Hemnes furniture and decorated with colorful pillows on wide staircases. More than a hundred employees gathered this Wednesday to announce the new global savings package Ikea.
"This is a tough decision, which does not mean that the announcement comes at the same time as information that the Ingka Group will create in the next two-year period to 11,500 new global services," says Tolga Öncü, Ikea Group Retail Manager.
The savings package on Wednesday means that a total of 7,500 jobs will disappear on the official side. In Sweden, Skåne is hit hard. Malmö has published 220 jobs in Helsingborg 250.
During the DN's visit at the Malmö office – which is also away from the Ike's department store in Svågertorpu – there are few employees who want to comment on the announcement. In a blowjob at the parking lot we meet Conor White. He works at the IT department at Ikea Helsingborg every day, but he met at meetings in Malmö on Wednesday.
– I'm a little worried, yes. I'm over 45 and boss. At a time when more executives are needed, maybe my skills are not enough, White says.
Conor White believes that the biggest challenge in the future will be building and investing in new knowledge to meet the competition and meet the evolution of digitization.
"Now you have to attract people and work at an attractive employer." "On the other hand, I see it positively, and now it is possible to invest in its knowledge," he says.
According to Tolgu Öncü The new organization is, among other things, developing digitization, delivering home, service and neighboring homes to better meet new customer behavior and new technology. As much as possible, he believes, one should try to exchange knowledge among existing employees.
"Now is the process that we are trying to find new opportunities for our employees, we need to identify skills and see which options are available. As far as we can, we want to avoid redundancy, he says.
Jonas Weiger, of the Ikein Local Trade Union Club, said he had a conversation with problematic employees on Wednesday, and the mood was suppressed.
"Many are probably in shock, and we still do not know who will be affected. At the same time, it did not come as lightning from a clean sky, but it was a long process in which I think the transparency of administration was good.
Jonas Weiger was an employee of Ikea, "ikean", which many employees want to call 25 years. He was in favor of notifying it earlier, but not to the extent.
"We were taken to bed there, which is quite unique in Ike's history, but as you announce, new services are promising, so we hope for an inflow of 14 services around the world, he says.
Facts.Ikea is a notice
On Wednesday, Ikea's department store launched a global savings package, which means that a total of 7,500 services will disappear. There are 650 services in Sweden – 220 in Malmö, 250 in Helsingborg, 100 in Älmhult and another 80 in the rest of the country.
Today, 1400 people work in Malmö, 1300 in Helsingborg and 2300 in Älmhult. The savings package primarily applies to the civil servants sector, including the Ingka Group's warehouses, owned and operated by Ike department stores under franchise agreements. Ingka is the largest franchise and has a total of 367 department stores in 30 different markets.