Mohawk believes that a strong workforce is a diverse and inclusive one, where everyone has the opportunity to grow professionally and personally. We seek out a myriad of skills, talents, experiences and backgrounds that will help Mohawk grow and ultimately reflect the wide variety of end-users for our products. As such, Mohawk adheres to an equal employment opportunity policy that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, natural origin, age, marital status or disability. Simply put, we consider any individual for any position for which he or she is qualified and can perform.
In addition to recruiting through traditional media advertising channels, we turn to more niche-oriented channels to recruit women and minorities. These channels include websites such as LatPro.com, womenforhire.com and diversity.com, as well as newspapers that serve minority communities. Many of our recruitment ads are bilingual. We also work with numerous organizations such as the NAACP and the Urban League to direct qualified applicants our way, and we have built relationships with historically African-American colleges and educational institutions with strong Latino outreach programs. Mohawk also sponsors such programs as the Georgia Women of Achievement and those that highlight the role of women in the history of the carpet industry.
Mohawk has a long history of providing personal and professional growth opportunities for the men and women who drive our success. We offer a variety of training and development courses in both classroom and virtual settings. This blended approach has enabled Mohawk to rank as high as ninth during its four consecutive years in Training magazine’s annual listing of Top 125 training organizations..
Ongoing initiatives include analytical methods of training implementation in manufacturing that help improve consistency, quality and safety, while also reducing the time necessary for new employees to reach full productivity. Online skills training in software and general business help to ensure that administrative employees possess an ever-evolving knowledge base. Mohawk also offers leadership training to identify future business leaders. Mohawk’s NextSuccess and NextExec programs provide consistent development tools that deliver well-prepared, ready-now successors for Mohawk’s management and senior leadership teams, respectively. Collectively, these programs help to ensure career advancement opportunities for our people and a competitive talent edge for our business – from the plant floor to the sales force to the executive suite.
Mohawk offers benefits that help employees care for their own health, their families’ health, provide financial protection and save for the future. Mohawk pays all or part of the cost for most benefits and employees are eligible for most benefits after a waiting period. Among the benefits we offer are:
At Mohawk, safety is equal in importance to quality, production and cost management. Working safely is a personal responsibility for all our employees and as an employer, our commitment encompasses training and education, continuous improvement, implementation of best practices and the aggressive investigation and remediation of any safety failure.
We believe our commitment is paying dividends. In the U.S., for example, our Dal-Tile site in El Paso, Texas has achieved OSHA VPP Star Site status, meaning it has attained injury and illness rates at or below their respective industries’ national average. And while we recognize the need for more improvement in the safety metrics for our European operations, initiatives underway since 2008 have already reduced the total recordable incident rate by 17 percent and the lost workday rate by 24 percent. Today, European operations are implementing an aggressive risk analysis and revision of all machinery and installations in accordance with European Safety Standards, and they are mandating regular observation, communication and training programs that keep safety front and center.2009 Safety Incident Rates*
We believe that we offer all employees competitive wages and salaries relative to the local labor market. The Company operates in full compliance with the applicable wage, work hour, overtime and benefits laws. Mohawk prohibits the use of all forms of forced labor, including indentured labor, bonded labor, military labor or slave labor at all of its locations, domestic and international. Further, Mohawk adheres to minimum age provisions of applicable laws and regulations in the areas where the Company does business. Our prohibition of child labor is consistent with International Labor Organization standards.