The coffee chain relaxes its dress code, as well as other benefits for U.S. employees.

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The coffee chain Starbucks is increasing their pay and enhancing its benefits for its U.S. partners (employees). Alongside the 5% pay increase, there are changes to the healthcare programme which allow staff to alter to suit their needs and budgets.

The interactive platform in place will allow Starbuck’s employees to personalise their own health care packages, allowing them to select their own provider, price and coverage. A new share scheme programme will also be put in to place called Bean Stock for employees with two years of service in the organisation.

In addition to this, Starbucks are also allowing staff to have a relaxed workplace dress code. The coffee chain’s current dress code does not allow “bright or unnatural” hair colour, however the new one set in place has unspecified dress code modifications.

In the statement highlighting all these areas, Howard Schultz, chairman and chief executive officer at Starbucks, said “We have long prided ourselves on welcoming and respecting diversity, and we’ve heard your requests for more freedom when it comes to bringing your “whole self” to work.

“Our latest dress code changes are designed to work well with the green apron while expanding your options, providing more room for self-expression, and allowing you to choose from items that may already be part of your everyday wardrobe.”

After discussing all the areas being developed by Starbucks and the changes in place, Schultz concluded: “I truly hope the coming changes – significant pay and Bean Stock enhancements; the added choice and potential savings in our healthcare plans; our ongoing commitment to scheduling that works for you; and our evolving dress code – will deepen the reservoir of trust between us.”

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