Talent focus week

Talent Focus Week took place in every IKEA Business Unit all over the world from 4 to 11 April 2016.

For seven days IKEA co-workers were participating in various interesting events in order to find answers to three important questions:
• What’s my talent?
• What’s the best job for me?
• How can I develop professionally inside the company?

Talent Focus Week in Russia covered
all IKEA business units:

14 stores
14 shopping
3 factories
1 storehouse
15 towns
and cities
over 11 000

Our geography

  • Moscow
  • Saint-Petersburg
  • Yesipovo,
    Moscow Region
  • Tikhvin,
    Leningrad Region
  • Vyatka, Kirov Region
  • Veliky Novgorod,
    Nizhny Novgorod Region
  • Nizhny Novgorod
  • Samara
  • Kazan
  • Ekaterinburg
  • Ufa
  • Krasnodar
  • Rostov-on-Don
  • Omsk
  • Novosibirsk
Over 6 000 co-workers took part in Talent Focus Week events
Which is over the half of all IKEA co-workers in Russia
87% participants got to know how to develop their careers inside the company
65% realized that they are in charge of their own development
91% were emotionally charged by Talent Focus Week
Talent Focus Week
people in total
of the
Excursions in the world of IKEA professions
Every co-worker could register for the excursion to another IKEA department, meet their colleagues, and learn about the specifics of their work.
  • 41 excursions
  • Over 1000 participants
  • Over 50 professions
Online conferences
Every day company managers held online conferences telling how to rock at any job interview, how to get their dream job, what countries are the most welcoming for Russian co-workers and what jobs are available there
  • Number of online conferences: 16
  • The biggest audience of an online conference: 400 people
  • Number of speakers: 22
  • Opportunity to participate remotely from outside the office via computer, tablet or phone.
“IKEA in 300 minutes”
career quest
A trip around the store with the opportunity to try hand at carrying out duties of different departments employees and fulfill challenging professional tasks.
Ekivoki for IKEA
board game
The game rules are simple: to explain the meanings of words and phrases by different means, i.e. with the help of songs, gestures, crayons, and modeling clay. Professional terms used by all IKEA departments are carefully selected and mixed for the game.
1 000
professional terms and phrases
the game
Career coaching sessions gave opportunity to communicate with career development experts and choose the most suitable career strategy.
undertook coaching and outlined their own strengths
Access to Mann, Ivanov,
and Ferber electronic library
It is crucial not just to know your talent but to nurture it with knowledge. The best business literature is the best source! All IKEA co-workers enjoy free access to Mann, Ivanov, and Ferber electronic library up till April 2017.
books in the online library
4 938
books downloaded during
Talent Focus Week
the most popular book
MEGA Realty Challenge game
While playing the game IKEA stores co-workers tried to fulfill everyday tasks of MEGA shopping center: increase visitors flow, attract perspective tenants, organize maintenance works, and find the owner of a lost bag.
Meetings with
Katarina Bolin
Katarina Bolin has been in charge of IKEA retail talent development all over the world for over five years now. She started her career 20 years ago as a worker of Bathrooms department. Since then Katarina was a unit manager, head of furniture department, head of sales department, and even store manager in Sweden and Australia. On the meetings with other co-workers she was speaking about various ways of development in IKEA world.
•  IKEA Khimki
•  IKEA Teply Stan
•  IKEA Parnas
•  IKEA Kazan
  • Cod Greek-Style

    Lyudmila Yastrebova

    IKEA Food
    IKEA Parnas

  • Boeuf Bourguignon

    Paul Saydakov
    IKEA Food
    IKEA Parnas

  • Eggplant and potato sabzi

    Lada Maylova
    Communication&interior design department
    Service office
  • Buckwheat po-kupecheski

    Maria Abzalova
    Customer relations
    IKEA Kazan
  • Chicken with apple and cinnamon

    Alexander Lyutsau
    Customer relations
    IKEA Khimki
  • Salewort "Crimean"

    Tatiana Legotina
    Sales department
    IKEA Omsk

  • Chicken in pepper

    Maria Yalysheva
    Service Center
Every co-worker could offer the food department a recipe of their favorite dish before the start of Talent Focus Week. The seven best recipes were added to the menu of employees restaurant.
Posting photos from
the event on Instagram
The co-workers captured the brightest moments of Talent Development Week and shared their photos in talentweekikea_rus on Instagram.
136 photos posted
377 people started following
talentweekikea_rus account
120 photos were posted on employees personal accounts with #неделяталантовикеа (#ikeatalentfocusweek) hashtag
The photos got over 5000 likes in total
Materials for IKEA co-workers: presentations, videos of online conferences