Virtually every rubber industry meeting I attend there is discussion about the trouble in recruiting and retaining good employees. A number of issues typically are cited, including rubber not being a glamorous industry or the pool of talented, available workers currently is tight.
Now if you could have an advantage that may help you attract prospective employees, wouldn't that be something you'd want to utilize?
Well, Rubber & Plastics News may just have that little something you're looking for. Our publication is working with Best Companies Group to identify the Rubber & Plastics News Best Places to Work. We are inviting U.S. and Canadian companies doing business in any aspect of the rubber industry to register by May 17 to participate in the program.
Best Publications Group is an independent research firm that specializes in identifying and recognizing great places to work. It's simple to enter. In order to participate, the business must:
- Be a public or private company with a facility in the U.S. and/or Canada;
- Have a minimum of 15 employees;
- Be in business a minimum of one year; and
- Derive at least 50 percent of revenue from elastomer-related operations, including thermoplastic elastomers and polyurethanes.
Eligibility is open to companies that make end rubber products, as well as suppliers or service providers in the rubber industry. The first step in the competition is for a business to register for participation, and the deadline for that is May 17. There is no cost to participate, as long as the surveys are completed online. To view full participation details, visit www.rubbernews.com/bestplaces.
After registration, the competition includes two surveys to gather detailed data about each participating company. The first survey is an Employer Benefits & Policies Questionnaire and the second is the Employee Engagement & Satisfaction Survey.
BCG conducts the surveys, analyzes the data and determines the winners and rankings. Companies that meet BCG's benchmarks are named a Best Places to Work, while those not meeting the criteria are not named. A final rankings of those named Best Places to Work will be published this fall in an RPN special report.