There's no doubt that 2020 has been a memorable year thus far, but for all the wrong reasons. With the coronavirus pandemic dominating the news and activities of all companies, it's time to reflect on something else for a bit.
With that in mind, I'd like to encourage you to register to take part in Rubber & Plastics News Best Places to Work program. This is the second year that RPN has partnered with the Best Companies Group to invite U.S. and Canadian companies to participate in the program.
It's easy to take part, and there's a good chance you'll find out some interesting things about your company, first and foremost whether or not your employees feel as good about how you are operating your business as you hope they are. And with all the turmoil brought about by COVID-19, this actually is a good time to get a gauge on the morale of your staff.
The Best Places to Work program is open to virtually all companies doing business in any aspect of the rubber industry. That includes end product makers, suppliers, distributors, machinery makers and recycling firms, just to name a few.
Basically, the main criteria is your firm 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.
The first step is for a business to register for participation, and the deadline is June 19. To view full participation details, visit bestplacestoworkrubber.com.
After registration, the program includes two detailed surveys, the first for the company and the second for its employees. BCG conducts the surveys, analyzes the data and determines the winners and rankings.
So take this break from "pandemic mania." I think you'll be glad you did.