By Erika Urivez
Late last week, Target announced that they will be increasing their minimum wage to $13 an hour starting in June. This brings the company another step closer to their goal of increasing it to $15 an hour by 2020, as announced in late 2017.
To maintain progress toward this commitment, the retail chain had previously increased its minimum wage to $12 an hour last year after bringing it up to $11 in 2017. This already sets the corporation’s hourly rate higher than Michigan’s overall state minimum wage of $9.45 per hour. However, the federal minimum wage still remains lower than both Target and Michigan’s at $7.25 per hour.
Melissa Kremer, Target’s new Chief Human Resources Officer, explained her drive for pushing to increase the minimum wage for current and incoming employees of Target in a press release posted Thursday, April 4.
“One thing has always been clear: Our team is Target’s greatest asset, from the newest faces to those who’ve been with us for many years,” Kremer stated. “They’re at the heart of everything we do to fulfill our purpose of bringing guests joy. It takes a diverse, high-performing and engaged team to create experiences that make guests feel welcome and inspired, and keep them coming back. So investing in our team members is essential to keep our business growing and thriving.”
For students who resort to working in a factory for the summer before returning to school in the fall, this news brings hope, not to mention the 10 percent employee discount team members also receive. In general, this information is beneficial for anyone who is looking to work in a welcoming environment and find a possible greater career by working with the fast-advancing company and growing with them. Those looking to apply can do so at the career page at the bottom of Target’s website.
Kremer has high hopes for the future of employees currently working, as well as those they will be hiring, along with the Target corporation itself.
“We’ll continue to invest in learning and development resources for our existing team members to help them grow their careers,” Kremer said. “And as new faces join the team, we’ll ensure that we’re bringing in more of the skills we need to deliver on our strategy. The great thing is that we’re all in it together, and with so much good work underway, I can’t wait to see what the future holds.”