Category: Advice

Salary & Benefits – Top Drivers for Job Changes and Talent Retention

Year after year, Salary & Benefits remain the two most influential factors for candidates considering a job change. Are employers paying enough to attract and retain talent? Based on MBS Advisors’ 2021 Plastics Salary Survey, 19% of respondents are either actively seeking a new job (13%) or very likely to seek a job change (6%) within the year. If you are in search of talent, potential candidates willing to relocate represent an even smaller percentage. It should be common knowledge... more

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Plastics Salary Survey Results Now Available

For those that participated in our 2021 Annual Salary Survey, thank you so much! We greatly appreciate it! It’s been an odd year, to say the least, but we are happy to report that salaries have continued to rise in the plastics industry, even amid the pandemic. Sure, there have been some setbacks, and not every segment of the plastics industry has benefited, but overall base salaries in the plastics industry were up just over 2% last year and total... more

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Post-Pandemic Workplace Expectations

Are you sick of hearing the word “pandemic” yet? I know I am. It feels like it will never end. However, with the new vaccines rolling out, it appears that there may be a light at the end of that dark tunnel we have all been living in. When the world opens back up again, and eventually it will, what will it look like? Surely, things won’t completely go back to the way they were before. That includes our workplace.... more

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2021 Plastics Salary Survey Now Open

The 2021 Salary Survey of Plastics Professionals is now open. All personal information is anonymous and confidential; only the summary findings will be published. By completing this survey you are entitled to receive a FREE copy of the final report. Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s survey. We have closed the survey and are tallying the results.

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Social Media Do’s and Don’ts

It was brought to my attention recently that LinkedIn has started to become politicized, and now that I’m paying attention, the gradual polarization, name-calling, and insults on this professional network have begun. Is LinkedIn turning into Facebook or Twitter? Are we going to be seeing your cat memes and back to school photos next? I was still under the impression that talking about politics or religion at work or in a professional setting was a no-no, or a sensitive topic... more

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Interviewing: The New Look

Looking for a new job during a pandemic can be extremely difficult, but not impossible. There ARE companies that are currently hiring. However, the interview process for both the candidate and the employer may look a little bit different these days. When preparing for your interview, you might ask yourself some of these questions: How should I greet the interviewer if I can’t shake hands? Does the interview have to be in-person or will it be virtual? If it’s in... more

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Men vs. Women – The Pay Gap is Real

MBS Advisors and SPE have been conducting an annual salary survey for plastics professionals for many years now. One of the factors that we look at is the difference in pay by gender. Does that old adage, “Women get paid less than men for the same work,” ring true in our industry? Are women less likely to make their way up the corporate ladder in the plastics industry? According to our survey, on average, men in the plastics and packaging... more

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Consequences of a Bad Hire

First, let’s define a “bad hire.” According to CareerBuilder, a bad hire: Didn’t produce proper quality work; Had a negative attitude; Didn’t work well with others; Attendance problem; and Skills didn’t match their claims. The costs of recruiting, interviewing, onboarding, training, and employee development can be expensive, but that isn’t the only issue that can stem from a bad hire. Poor performers lower the bar for other workers, and bad habits and bad attitudes can spread causing less productivity, compromised... more

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