In preparation for the busy holiday season, Target Corp. announced Thursday its stores will provide 5 million more hours to current team members, resulting in more than $75 million more in pay. Through a new mobile scheduling app, the retailer will also provide all team members the opportunity to conveniently choose or swap shifts that align with their schedules.
In addition, Minneapolis-based Target will also hire 100,000 seasonal team members at its more than 1.900 stores across the country to supplement its current team, and many seasonal team members will have the opportunity to remain with Target following the holiday season. Interested candidates can visit TargetSeasonalJobs.com to apply for seasonal positions.
“Our store teams continue to step up to serve our guests and communities when they’re counting on us most, time and time again,” says Mark Schindele, Target’s chief stores officer. “They are at the heart of our winning strategy, which is why Target continues to invest in providing training, consistent hours and schedules and support, to take care of them as they deliver for guests and power our business.”
The retailer's latest investments build on its support for team members through industry-leading starting wages, benefits, training and opportunities for career growth.
As a result of Target's work to provide team members with the schedules they desire during the holidays, hourly team members are already working nearly 15% more hours than they were a year ago, on average. The company will build on this during the holiday season by having store leaders regularly check in with existing team members to understand their scheduling preferences and offer them the opportunity to work additional hours if they're interested. As a result, the company will hire fewer seasonal team members than previous years as it invests in more flexible scheduling, training, pay and benefits for its current team.
Target will also add flexibility through its On Demand program, which offers team members the option to work more sporadically, picking up occasional shifts that fit their schedules. The program already has than 20,000 team members and is growing fast, the retailer said.
In 2020, Target invested an additional $1 billion more in the well-being, health and safety of team members compared with 2019, including its move to a $15 starting wage for all team members, five pandemic-related recognition bonuses and a number of coronavirus benefits that have recently transitioned into ongoing benefits.This July, the retailer awarded all frontline hourly full-time and part-time team members in stores, distribution centers and contact centers a $200 recognition bonus.
Target also recently announced it will offer its U.S.-based part-time and full-time team members a comprehensive debt-free education assistance program.
“Our strategy is only possible because of Target’s incredible team,” said Melissa Kremer, Target’s chief human resources officer. “We’ve worked to provide our team members with more consistent schedules which means more consistent paychecks and a more consistent way to manage their life. Additionally, we’re offering more hours to team members who want them and continuing our important investment in training and development. When we invest in and care for our team, we know that guest service improves, turnover goes down and team members can more easily build rewarding careers at Target.”