Caring For Our People


Our people make The Home Depot successful, and it’s our responsibility and privilege to take care of them. Associates are at different life stages, and our benefits hub guides them to the right resources. With one click, associates can find support for wherever they are on life’s journey, whether it’s a reminder about their time-off benefits, adjusting to a sudden change or planning for the future. For example, the money module is the place to go for help with personal finance education or retirement planning. The elders module provides guidance on everything from finding caregivers for aging parents to negotiating the complexities of Medicare.

+CHECK IT OUT: In March 2021, associate Keoki Souza purchased his first home. “As a result of my career with The Home Depot, I’ve been able to help provide the life my family deserves.”

In 2021, the COVID-19 response team continued to support associates as they faced challenges created by the pandemic, as detailed on

Honoring those who serve or who have served us is a key focus for The Home Depot. Through our recently expanded Military Relations department, we look for ways to make The Home Depot an employer of choice for military members, veterans and their families.

The Home Depot offers specialized benefits for veterans, military service members and military spouses who are Home Depot associates:

  • Military leave of absence for reservists, National Guard, and active-duty associates

  • Differential pay when activated or deployed

  • Fellowships for transitioning service members

  • Military family international leave of absence

  • Military Spouse Relocation program for hourly associates

  • Over 5,000 remote eligible jobs that can be relocated with military moves

  • Support resources, such as counselors, financial advisers and childcare assistance directories


Our philosophy of taking care of our people and motivating them to deliver a superior customer experience shapes our profit-sharing program for non-management associates. Success Sharing provides semi-annual cash awards for performance against our business plan, including sales and productivity goals. The program has granted awards totaling more than $1 billion to associates over the last two years.

The outstanding performance of our associates in fiscal 2021 enabled 100% of stores to qualify for Success Sharing in both the first and second half of the year. This resulted in record award payments to our non-management associates of approximately $739 million.


The Home Depot strives to provide the safest working and shopping environment for our associates and customers. A major component in our strategy is raising awareness of risks among both frontline associates and leaders. When our people are trained to recognize and correct hazards, our workplace is primed for continual improvement.

In fiscal 2021, we launched an awareness campaign called Safety Takes EveryONE. Our campaign focuses on increasing awareness of higher-risk injury categories: Overexertion, New Hires & Equipment. This message exemplifies that everyone, at all levels of the organization, must contribute to the safety of our associates and customers.

At the individual level of the campaign, each associate is provided tools to avoid risk, with every decision made, resulting in everyday safety. Safety Takes EveryONE is our rally cry to remind associates that safety is their most important responsibility and allows us to send everyone home safely. 

+DID YOU KNOW: The Home Depot’s lost time incident rate was lower than industry averages for our retail class, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.