IKEA Logan store manager Renea Robson, pictured, has never felt gender was an issue in the seven years she has been at the furniture chain.
“All of the opportunities that exist are available for males and females,” she says.
“Ikea identifies and believes in people regardless of gender.”
Globally, Ikea has a target of 50/50 balance of men and women in leadership roles but at Robson’s store, women account for 63 per cent of senior leaders. Ikea Australia country HR manager Richard Harries says a key factor that attracts female talent is its maternity leave policy.
“(This) provides 26 weeks of full pay or 52 weeks of half pay to the primary carer,” he says.
The organisation also runs the Ikea Open Women’s Network (IWON), for both men and women, which provides a platform for connecting and sharing information, good ideas and personal stories.