Category: Advice

Has COVID-19 impacted your job?

Some plastics companies have seen increased demand, while others have been shut down. How has your job status changed, if at all, as a result of COVID-19? Take our quick 30-second poll. We will be posting the results of this poll in a few days.

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Single-Use Plastics & Plastic Bag Bans: What do we think of this now?

The New York State plastic bag ban couldn’t have come at a worse time amidst the constant worry of the spread of the Coronavirus, now known as COVID-19. Reusable shopping bags are known to harbor bacteria3 since most people do not wash the bags in between grocery trips. Microbiologists have found E. coli, salmonella, fecal coliform, and other harmful bacteria in reusable bags if they are not properly sanitized after each use.7 New York State officials have announced they will... more

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Job Search and Coronavirus

Yes – the current outbreak of COVID-19 is unsettling, yes, it’s rippling its way through our everyday way of life and economy, but for those actively searching for a new career opportunity, it’s not all doom and gloom. Throughout this, plastics manufacturers continue to need talent, the skills gap remains wide, and skilled workers continue to be in demand. Be prepared for an increase in virtual interviews, check your Skype or video conferencing account, test your audio and video, be... more

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How clean is clean? Will the Coronavirus impact you?

In a recent Plastics Today article, “The Dirty Truth About Medical Disinfection Practices” only about 25% of healthcare surfaces are regularly cleaned or disinfected, leaving upholstery, bedding, and mobile medical equipment as breeding grounds for microbes. We know that “high-touch” surfaces like bedrails, sinks, light switches and floors get attention, but have you thought about how many people touch those surfaces on a given day? The last time you visited your loved one in a hospital, was the cleaning crew... more

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Soft Skills, why are they important in manufacturing?

First, let’s define what we mean by soft skills. The Collins English Dictionary says soft skills are desired qualities for employment that do not depend on acquired knowledge, rather they include common sense, the ability to deal with people, and a positive flexible attitude. These skill sets are difficult to determine by merely scanning a resume. So, how does this relate to you? Have you worked on a team where some people don’t know how to communicate, or worse, they... more

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More Skills. More Perks.

Suppose your company needs to hire a new employee, but this new employee may not be next door.  He/she may be across the country. How are employers using perks to entice top performers to relocate? A few days ago, the Wall Street Journal posted an article about how unemployment is at a 50-year low and employers in manufacturing need to learn to be creative in order to attract new talent. Companies desperate for talent are offering things like signing bonuses,... more

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How happy are you with…

Temporary workers. You hope they will get you through the busiest periods of your business cycle. How do you feel about the reliability and productivity of your temp staff? Compare your viewpoint to that of your peers, by answering a one-question survey. You’ll see the poll results live. Take the survey.    

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