It’s that time of year – the holiday season – and I’m certain that at least some of your friends have taken to the social media networks to post about the many things they’re thankful for. And even if you don’t participate in the public thankfulness, you can’t help but reflect on all the things that you, too, have to be thankful for. So in today’s post, I’d like to change directions just a bit to say that I am really thankful to work for Miyachi Unitek, which is so much more than just the place where I earn my paycheck. After working for the company for15 years, it is a second home, and its people are like family. More than 40 percent of our employees have been with us longer than 10 years – and 10% have been with the company more than 20 years – half of those, more than 30 years. 30 years! According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, average tenure at a company in the manufacturing industry is just 6 years. We must be doing something right!
Why do our employees stay so long? Because we are all made to understand that we are part of a whole, working toward one goal; no one job is more important than another…and, I believe it’s also because the company cares not only for its employees, but also for the industrial and geographic communities in which we work
I am a firm believer that employee involvement in the industrial community is vital to promoting new and innovative technologies. We learn by sharing and exploring with other like-minded manufacturing leaders. To that end, Miyachi Unitek has long been an active member of The Laser Institute of America (LIA), the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and SME’s Industrial Laser Community (ILC), the Resistance Welding Manufacturers Association (RWMA), and the Edison Welding Institute (EWI). We partner with engineering programs in local high schools, community colleges and universities, and participate in international internship programs. Providing technical internships to engineering students or marketing internships for those in business disciplines is a great way to give the next generation real world experience and introduce them to your organization.
Furthermore, Miyachi Unitek supports the geographic community in which we do business. Investing in the community helps stimulate business development, encourages business skills development, and results in higher consumption. It also makes us feel good. Each year we sponsor school supply and canned food drives to benefit local San Gabriel Valley organizations.
And that’s not all - Miyachi Unitek, encourages our employees to get involved in other community service organizations that speak to them, and they do – participating in good work with organizations including The American Cancer Society, City of Hope, Kiwanis, Friends of the Library, Community Coordinating Councils, Habitat for Humanity, Stop Hunger Now, Boy Scouts of America, Pan Mass Challenge, The American Red Cross, the Tournament of Roses Association, and more.
I know many of our readers are also actively engaged in working with community groups, educational institutions, and the wider industrial community. And if you aren’t why not? Find one that means something to you and give it a go! I would love to hear from you on the benefits of this type of involvement.