Our People

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We are a company anchored in family and committed to our employees.

Our employees are the heart and soul of our business and to support their well-being and development is to enhance our biggest asset. Our programs and initiatives are geared towards making long-term investments in our employees. We cultivate an environment that recognizes the skills, knowledge, perspectives and cultural contributions different people bring to our company. We realize that knowledge, innovation and learning can come from anywhere and give our employees room to show initiative and know that their ideas are valued. We create great places to work for everyone, everywhere; places where people do not just feel included, but places where they feel they belong.

Our culture is shaped by our values, guiding our decision making and practices from the beginning. They consist of the following:

  

Human

We’re accessible, empathetic thoughtful human beings – members of a big company that acts like a small company and feels more like a family.

Bold

Our “can do” attitude makes us agile, responsive and prepared to take on any challenge.

Curious

We’re inquisitive and explore how to be and do better. Individual creativity and ingenuity is encouraged.

Connected

Success is defined by our relationship to our customers, our teams and each other. Together, we positively affect the communities and spaces where we work and live.

Ready

We’re prepared and relentless in our pursuit of success. Rallied around each opportunity with optimism, we challenge what’s possible.

 

Investing In Our People

Supporting learning and
knowledge at all levels


speak-out sessions

One-on-one Speak-Out Sessions with our employees enable us to capture what large-scale audits and surveys cannot – their voices and individual concerns – which, when addressed, significantly improve overall employee satisfaction.

fireside chats

Each new employee participates in a Fireside Chat with our CEO, David Feldberg, affording them the opportunity for an open conversation on any topic they wish.

employee workshops

Ongoing training via Tek U and Learning Zones advances each employee’s personal and professional development.

teknion & you website

This website is curated and shaped by our employees. They share content ranging from recipes to health and wellness tips – all directed at building a stronger sense of community and belonging.

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A place for everyone in our
Teknion family


teknion buddies

More senior employees are matched with new ones to provide mentorship, friendship and guidance.

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mental health toolkit

Employee workshops and resources support a healthy work environment for everyone. A range of topics is covered including tools to help identify and relieve stress and anxiety amongst employees, to resources on code of conduct issues and concerns.

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A holistic approach to
body and mind

Hockey in Quebec City, Volleyball and Tai Chi and Volleyball in Toronto. Not shown: Zumba classes in Malaysia

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Promoting safer environments
for our emplyees


Safety Through the value chain

Fiberglass is contained within all panels. It is standard in the industry. But what is not is the way we treat them. We found a supplier who lines the fiberglass with aluminum via an automated process, ensuring no hands come into contact with this potentially hazardous material, from manufacture to install.

Make a difference

Our multi-plant, Joint Safety Community Initiative empowers each employee to take the initiative and identify safety risks within their facility via fun and interactive training sessions.

protecting against injury and workplace fatigue

From sit-stand desks in our offices to height-adjustable tables in our factories, we have implemented ergonomic furniture to ensure individual comfort and safety.

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REWRITING THE FUTURE



“I’d like to be in a place where I can grow and improve. A place where I have a future.”


At 22 years old, Francisco Mendez, a rapid continuous improvement specialist at Studio TK, is well on his way to rewriting his future.

Studio TK manufactures furniture for social spaces and is part of Teknion’s collection of brands. Francisco joined Studio TK four years ago. He was an 18-year-old high school student with a strong will to succeed. He was working 50 hours a week in a truck wash and a factory that made elliptical antennas but felt he was going nowhere. He explains that members of his community in Garner, North Carolina, all knew about Studio TK, so he felt it was a natural step to apply.

As he tells it, in his final interview he said to Kevin Williams, Vice President Operations, “Hey man I’m straight out of high school. I’d like to be in a place where I can grow and improve. A place where I have a future.” On his swift rise from assembler to Rapid Continuous Improvement Specialist, he says, “A lot of people say that I’m smart. I don’t think I’m as smart as I am persistent.” What’s next for Francisco? He marvels at how he has grown along with the company, which had just opened its doors when he started. He explains, “Every day I am challenged, and I’m often pushed outside my comfort zone. I still have tons more to do. There are a lot of places we can go.” Francisco is now completing a college course in mechanical engineering, funded by Studio TK.

This will round out his skill set and lay the groundwork for his next move in the company. Charlie Bell, President of Studio TK and ‘Chief Mentor’, articulates the company’s approach to employee engagement and advancement. “We don’t hire for today, we hire for tomorrow. Our approach is to find talent from within the community and nurture it. It’s a win-win situation. The community is strengthened and Studio TK doesn’t need to look further than its own backyard to find the right people to drive our company forward.”

 
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