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Working Toward Longevity

By Pat Szany

July 24, 2019

width=224I have seen two and three generations of families working the line at some of my customers’ plants, and that longevity is to be admired. It shows that these companies are taking care of their employees and that the employees are satisfied with their jobs and their working environment.

On the other hand, turnover is something everyone sees in their company. Although expected, it can be painful, stressful, and expensive to lose qualified employees. Reasons for a high turnover rate are varied. However, recognizing people for the good work they do can go a long way in making them want to stay. I asked fellow Associate board members what they do to recognize their employees. Here is what they said:

Employees Like a Good Party

Several companies host summer picnics and holiday parties for employees and families. Some also recognize their employees on their birthdays and bring in cake.


Most companies will recognize employees for a certain length of tenure. Five years seems to be the most common anniversary to start with and the normal interval between recognition, so five years, 10 years, etc. For many companies, a plaque and a bonus are given to recognize the occasion. At SUN Automation Group, time-honored employees can choose a gift from a special reward catalog—one of their 15-years-of-service award winners recently received a 65-inch curved television.

Health and Wellness

On their own or in collaboration with their health care providers, several companies give awards or prizes for participating in a health and wellness program. Two benefits in one, as healthy employees naturally feel better!

I am sure you have your own ways to engage your employees. But no matter what a company does, there will be people who leave. To help members find qualified people to fill positions, AICC has recently started a partnership with JobPath, an online job portal that helps to match veterans with jobs that use skills they learned and honed during their military service.

Pat Szany is president of American Corrugated Machine Corp. and vice Chair of AICC’s Associate Board.