The Maryland MEP HR Peer Group has been most impactful to me as the HR Manager of a manufacturing facility in the Hunt Valley, Maryland. In March of 2020, the COVID pandemic began to shut down businesses within the Maryland area. Given the nature of our product and the support our products provide to the US military, slowing down or stopping production was not an option. Instead, we had to maintain the status quo in an environment where people had to continue to work in close proximity, despite apprehension and the mixed messages they were receiving from society at large. As you can well imagine, HR and Safety professionals were on the front line trying to support their employers and their co-workers.
Having the resources of a group of HR peers from companies similarly situated, provided the opportunity to share best safety and work practices during this very challenging time. I am most appreciative of the opportunity Maryland MEP provided during those days and the days since then – it has been of tremendous value.