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" Also, the long layoffs some folks have
endured have given them more time to
think about what they want to do or not
do, " she continues. " And there's often
hesitancy to take a manufacturing job
they know nothing about. We need
to make that process easier. "
AMI's four-day-a-week
manufacturing schedule proved a
good strategy in the past for attracting
workers, but less so now. The company
also provides good benefits, such as
a matching 401k, health insurance
and a year-round lakefront company
property available to employees. Even
so, bringing in a second shift has proved
taxing. However, these enticements
have been effective in terms of retaining
workers, says Leonard, adding that since
COVID-19, the company has only lost
one employee to a competitor.
Richardson believes in his case,
the " extremely physical " nature of
the work, the fact that much of this
happens during weekends, and the
long hours are behind his hiring woes.
" It appears to me that people are
looking for a more personal and worklife
balance, " he says. " Today, due to
labor shortages across all industries, the
applicant can be much more selective
when it comes to picking a job. "
In response, Richardson says
L & A Tent and Event Rentals is being
choosier about the jobs it accepts,
turning down those it may have taken
two years ago. Increasing rental rates,
achieving greater efficiencies through
the use of equipment (which can
also help reduce worker fatigue and
burnout) and " shedding " unprofitable
projects has actually improved the
company's bottom line.
" This year we've also retained an
attorney who specializes in H-2B visas
and are in hopes we'll be able to use
that avenue to add an additional 15
employees in 2022, " he says. " We've
TOP: Aramid fiber yarns are woven by an Auburn Manufacturing Inc. (AMI) employee on one
of the company's narrow looms. AMI produces these yarns in-house and is in the process
of creating virtual training modules for its key operations, such as weaving, to help address
worker shortages. BOTTOM: An AMI operator is shown quilting the company's silicone-coated
fabrics with other components to produce patented modular insulation kits for mechanical
insulation systems. Despite the pandemic and resultant tough retention environment, AMI
has lost just one employee to a competitor, thanks to its wages, benefits and family-like
atmosphere. Photos: Auburn Manufacturing Inc.
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