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Weekends Only Introduces New Non-Commission Pay System
By Monda Petrinelli
8/26/2015 6:38:00 PM  

ST. LOUIS, MO (August 24, 2015) — Weekends Only Furniture and Mattress has announced a permanent break from furniture industry tradition and switched its sales staff to a non-commission pay system August 14. This conversion aligns with the Weekends Only culture of providing a unique shopping experience: one dedicated to nothing but the best interest of customers.

The Weekends Only mission is to save customers money and the sales staff has always been trained to take personal responsibility for meeting customer needs.

"By switching to non-commission, it allows customers to feel even more confident that the Weekends Only sales staff is helping them find the best solutions for their needs," said Weekends Only President Lane Hamm. "We listen and are only interested in helping customers find the furniture that meets their needs. Nothing more, nothing less."

The decision to switch to a non-commission system has been in development for three years. The change was supported by customer research that consistently showed customers like a friendly and low-pressure sales approach. 

The non-commission system was tested for the past year at the company’s Fairview Heights, Ill. location. The store noticed an immediate change in customer interactions once customers were informed that the sales staff had one objective with each recommendation in mind: ensuring the satisfaction of the shopper.

Director of Human Resources John Wennemann said the non-commission system also creates a better working environment for employees. Using sales data, the company created a formula to calculate hourly wages to ensure, over the long haul, employees would be earning comparable income under the new system. The response from managers and sales staff has been consistently positive.

Pay starts at $11.50 per hour for a Home Furnishings Assistant. Based on their ability to match furniture with the customer’s needs, the employee can be promoted to Home Furnishings Advisor and, subsequently, Home Furnishings Consultant where pay can reach as high as $24 per hour.

"We provide a living wage, with the opportunity to grow your pay based on performance, and a predictable income without a conflict of interest in selling," Wennemann said. "It’s better for our customers and our employees."

Hamm added: "By committing to a living wage, rather than a commission that can vary from week to week, our sales associates have a more reliable income all through the year. This improves stability for households, allows for better planning and reduces anxiety for employees who are the primary breadwinners for their families."

Weekends Only believes happy employees can better serve happy customers.

"My vision is that Weekends Only serves as an agent for human happiness – for our associates, our customers and the community," adds Weekends Only CEO Tom Phillips. "I believe that engaged associates create engaged customers. Our unique culture is helping us create a sustainable organization of value, an enduring corporation that makes the world a better place."

Weekends Only has five locations in the St. Louis area and recently opened its first location in Indianapolis.  The retailer is currently hiring in both St. Louis and Indiana.

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About Weekends Only Furniture and Mattress

Founded in 1997, Weekends Only Furniture and Mattress has become a leading furniture retailer in St. Louis. The company’s concept is unique—only open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays to save customers money while offering special buys and truckload purchases. Weekends Only has grown to include five locations in the St. Louis area, including West County, Bridgeton, Fairview Heights, Mid Rivers and South County, an e-commerce online store, and a new Indianapolis location that opened May 2015.  More people shop Weekends Only than any other home furnishings store in St. Louis. The company’s corporate office is located in Webster Groves, MO. For more information about Weekends Only, please call 314-447-1552 or visit http://www.weekendsonly.com.

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From Shopper to Employee: Monda's Story
By Monda Petrinelli
6/8/2015 2:17:00 PM  
Monda's Story of Transforming from a Weekends Only Shopper to a Weekends Only Employee

I was a long-time Weekends Only shopper, even before I bought any furniture. I loved the openness of the store. It felt friendly, and I liked the no-pressure sales environment. My husband and I would stop by often after a movie to check out what was new in the store. On one of these visits, we found a huge, super comfy sectional at a crazy good price—and it was the last one in the store! We knew if we didn't grab it then, it would probably be gone the next time we came in. We bought the sectional, and it was delivered to our house the very next day with a new storage ottoman. Since then, we have loved snuggling up on our favorite sectional every weekend to catch up on our favorite TV shows. Even our dog Fergie loves it!

A year or so later, a recruiter called me out of the blue looking for a new Senior Marketing Manager at Weekends Only. I had just finished reading what is now one of my favorite books: Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos. In the book, Hsieh describes how important and transformative it is for a business to choose and live by a set of core values. When I researched Weekends Only, I found they had a set of core values and a mission statement that drove their business. It was fate! I knew in my gut this was going to be my new job.

I just celebrated my 3-year anniversary with Weekends Only, and I love it more now than when I started. It's the perfect place for me to grow personally and professionally. There's a company-wide focus on mentoring and development. The people here are nice, and we all operate as a real team. The core values are real, too—they are not just a set of words on a wall. (Although you can see them on the wall as soon as you walk into the corporate office!) We actually live and align our business by them, and I'm proud to be part of a company and a culture that makes that a priority.

Weekends Only holds to the core values of Responsibility, Teamwork, Performance, Growth, Honesty, and Commitment. Learn more about the Weekends Only Mission, Values, and Culture.

Weekends Only is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in our employees. Learn more about and apply for Careers & Jobs with Weekends Only.

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