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Starbucks’ Howard Schultz outlines pay increase, dress code flexibility and more changes for employees

As Starbucks continues to spend money on applied sciences meant to raised serve its prospects, chairman and CEO Howard Shultz introduced a couple of initiatives Monday geared toward serving the individuals who work for the Seattle-based espresso big.

In a letter to Starbucks’ employees, Schultz outlined 5 factors designed to point out the corporate’s ongoing dedication to them — whilst its digital strategy makes it more and more straightforward to get a latte with out speaking to a barista.

The most important change is a 5-percent or higher base pay enhance for all companions and retailer managers in U.S. shops. The vary of the rise, efficient Oct. 3, will likely be decided by geographic and market components, Schultz wrote. He mentioned it’s “supposed to make sure Starbucks stays a retail employer of alternative in all of the markets the place we function.”

Schultz additionally addressed upcoming changes to the corporate’s Bean Inventory program, its advantages program and on-line advantages platform, and scheduling wants.

With 17 million prospects utilizing the Starbucks app to order, pay forward, skip the cafe traces and keep away from virtually all human interplay, Schultz’s ultimate level is a significantly enjoyable one for baristas trying to make an impression.

He mentioned the firm has “heard your requests for more freedom in terms of bringing your ‘entire self’ to work” and mentioned new dress code changes will promote selection, flexibility and personalization and “elevate the Starbucks Expertise — for companions and prospects alike.”

More particulars on what companions may be capable to pair with the ever-present inexperienced apron will likely be shared on the Accomplice Open Discussion board scheduled for the top of July, Schultz wrote.

4/ Dress code changes: so you possibly can maintain it ? … ?,?, ? & more.

(particulars to be ironed out ? on the finish of July)

— Starbucks Companions (@starbucksprtnrs) July 11, 2016

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