Recruiting, Training and Retaining Plastics and Rubber Goods Employees: Termination

Finding quality employees is becoming increasingly difficult for plastics and rubber goods processors due to the shrinking pool of qualified applicants.

An aging workforce and the trend toward service and technology skills instead of plastics and rubber goods-related skills are resulting in:

• Lengthy and costly recruiting efforts to find quality employees

• Rising costs of extensive on-the-job training needed for less-qualified candidates

• Increasing turnover as the demand for qualified employees outpaces their availability

• Wage escalation as companies struggle to attract and retain quality employees

• Higher insurance premiums as less-qualified employees experience more frequent and severe injuries

By being diligent in preventing employee and customer injuries, as well as property damage, you will help minimize accidents and help to reduce your insurance costs. Follow these tips to help maintain a quality workforce:


• Before taking any action(s) to terminate an employee, review all applicable documentation to ensure it is relevant, comprehensive and accurate

• Consider potential underlying themes or contentions an employee could allege to refute the reason(s) for their being terminated

• Ensure your entire management team is regularly trained on the proper maintenance of an employment file

• Consider reviewing relevant file documentation with qualified legal counsel before taking employment action

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