I once worked at a place with an awful boss. No matter how much I liked working for other company leaders, a lot of people grew frustrated and left (that includes me, which is how I ended up at PN). Time after time, this boss would say the problem was obviously the person who left, not him or his corporate culture.
So I suppose that experience colors part of my frustration with people who blame pandemic stipends or the Great Resignation for when people leave. Sure some employees are chasing their dreams when they resign, but I suspect a lot of people leave existing jobs because they're tired of some situation (or person) at their current work and see more opportunities elsewhere.
Which brings me to this year's finalists in the Best Places to Work in the plastics industry. You can find the alphabetical list of finalists here. Ranking of those top companies — with separate lists for processors and suppliers — will be announced March 23 at the Plastics News Executive Forum in Naples, Fla.
Last year, Independence, Mo.-based PolySource and Germantown, Wis.-based Plastic Components Inc. took the top spots in the suppliers and processors categories, respectively.
It's worth paying attention to what these companies do and seeing if it makes sense to apply those opportunities at your shop. Of course people still leave jobs they love and bosses they respect, but you don't want to give them extra reasons to quit.