13 April 2023
IOLLA- On a Mission That Matters
By Claire Brennan
We invest in our people at IOLLA - our training is exceptional from day 1 and the cost to train is a key consideration for us, too. We want to attract and retain the best talent within our organisation - another reason why the real Living Wage is important to us. As we continue to grow as a business, we want to have an employee reputation that will make us a top employer of choice!
In Scotland, there are only 85 retailers who are real Living Wage accredited. I think about Glasgow's Buchanan Street and the number of retailers in this street alone - there is so much opportunity for other retailers to follow other employers like IOLLA's lead!
Finally, I cannot stress enough how proud I felt being able to lead our communications to advise our employees we were remaining an accredited real Living Wage employer. I hope someone in a retail HR or talent function reads this and takes action to drive change for their employees!
"I am proud to work for a real Living Wage employer and really happy for the team!"
- Emma Lowe, Store Manager
When reviewing our real Living Wage status, we reflected on why remaining accredited was so important to us. My own personal experience within retail made me appreciate the real Living Wage, perhaps more than others, as this tends to be an exception, particularly within the retail sector. My passion and drive for fair pay has come from me being a worker who was paid the minimum wage for a number of years within my career. I champion pay in a way I hope other people functions will too.
We note a number of benefits to being committed to the real Living Wage, including the impact on morale and employee engagement. We want our employees to feel valued at IOLLA, they are the face of our organisation! Fair pay has a direct impact on both employee engagement and motivation at work. An engaged and motivated workforce = a more productive workforce.