Building and Maintaining a Strong Food Safety Workforce

Sep 01, 2022

PSSI has vast resources when it comes to recruitment and training to help your operation run safely and on-time.


Building and Maintaining a Strong Food Safety Workforce

Staffing in today’s hiring climate is one of the most time-consuming and difficult jobs. The amount of time and resources that go into identifying, screening, interviewing, and hiring a new employee is significant. On top of that, recruiting and training costs can add up quickly and take away from your business’s core focus: production.

PSSI has vast resources when it comes to recruitment and training to help your operation run safely and on time. The work we do to own the standard of protection for our food processing partners takes a depth and breadth of resources and talent across multiple areas. Our team at PSSI takes our commitment and responsibility very seriously, preparing to make sure we have the right people in place to execute on that promise every day.

But one thing we’ve learned is that talent isn’t always simply hired.

Just like contractors you have at your home, you want to see the same faces and not a constant churn of people coming through your doors. High turnover rates not only result in higher costs, but also present significant risks in terms of team member safety and food safety.

That’s why PSSI places a strong emphasis on training, mentorship, and professional development. From day one, we ensure every employee, regardless of their position, has a training and support plan in place to help them succeed in their position and grow to the highest level they desire. We have a plan for everyone, whether that is a new food safety sanitor or an Operations Vice President. Each job at each level requires its own specific training and support needs.

In fact, more than 20 percent of PSSI’s workforce of more than 17,000 employees were promoted in 2021. Additionally, more than 80 percent of PSSI’s key leadership team, including vice presidents, division managers and area managers have been promoted from within to their current role.

PSSI manages this training and career development through its own Training Pyramid. This pyramid is a lock-step plan used to execute customized education and development programs for employees across every level of the organization.

From the foundational Employee Retention Program (ERP), addressing new Food Safety Sanitor hiring and on-boarding, to the University of PSSI (U.P.), an executive leadership program, there is a strategic path to support every employee and their growth regardless of education level.

Each level has a defined checklist of on-the-job activities, training modules, and performance reviews every team member must pass to graduate to another level. The goal is to make sure everyone feels engaged and confident in their ability to successfully execute the job, while also sharing knowledge and mentoring others along the way.

PSSI’s training strategy creates a unified, aligned team working together toward one goal. The result is happier, more engaged employees which leads to much lower turnover and higher productivity to deliver consistent results for each of our partners.

Your investment in a specialized food safety partner who already has the expert resources can save time and money, avoiding internal recruiting and training issues and ensuring safe, on-time production schedules.

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