Employee Retention During the Pandemic: ‘We Were Able to Call Everyone Back’

Dec 2, 2020

Even during one of the most trying times in American history, our employees can count on us to have their backs.

And we know they have ours.

With the exception of one employee who chose not to return after our brief closure, PMD has retained all of its employees during this pandemic.

PMD did close when the stay-at-home orders first began at the end of March, but we reopened with a partial staff in May, as our work was deemed essential.

After Gov. Whitmer lifted restrictions, we were able to call everyone back, and now, the entire family is home once again.

We have a very low turnover rate here at PMD, and it’s easy to see why so many workers have been here for decades.

The foreman, Ron Gibson, has been with Plastic Molding Development for 30 years. Process technician Satish “Sonny” Patel has been here for 27 years, and Maintenance Engineer Mike Gum has been working with us for 26 years.

In fact, only three of our approximately 25 employees have worked here for less than five years.

The family-like atmosphere is one reason why people stay for so long.

Case in point: We recently held a baby shower for one of our employees, Kurtis Felcyn, who became the father of a beautiful baby boy on Oct. 12. His coworkers and our management team brought in diapers and other gifts for the baby, and we celebrated with cake and beverages.

As noted by Manager Joy Dennison, who has been here for more than 20 years, PMD is simply a great company to work for.

“We have good benefit packages. It’s small, and we have a good crew of people,” she said.

(Side Note: We are looking to hire a process technician who has at least two years of experience. The job offers $22 per hour and a full benefits package that includes 401k retirement plan options, paid vacation time, and medical and dental coverage. If you want to join our family, submit an application through our website.)

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