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January 6, 2022



ECIA Releases Workplace Disruptions White Paper
GIPC Work Group Updates Members on Industry’s Response to Challenges of Pandemic


ATLANTA – At the beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic in 2020 the GIPC (Global Industry Practices Committee) organized a work group focused on analyzing the impacts of the pandemic upon the Electronic Components industry. The work group is focused on developing a thorough understanding of the challenges and staying well-informed of the rapidly changing environment, by sharing experiences and analyzing the merits of potential responses to disruptions caused by the pandemic. The group has surveyed members, published best practices, and communicated regularly about this critical issue. Russ Dzielak with Phoenix Contact led the work group on this project and is also Co-Chair on the GIPC.

Areas of Consideration for Workplace Disruption summarizes the working group’s efforts to identify the primary areas of impact, and then educate and raise awareness as it relates to certain universal challenges created for companies operating within this industry. The document covers return to office policies, ways to attract and retain employees during what is being called the ‘Great Resignation,’ how to address employee productivity, and much more.

“Employee mental health and safety should be at the top of the priority list for managers at our member companies right now,” cautioned Don Elario, ECIA Vice President of Industry Practices. “The working group has done a very thorough job of identifying the challenges and ways to mitigate the negative impact of these very real workplace disruptions. I’m very grateful to the committee for their commitment and dedication to this issue.”

Read the entire Areas of Consideration for Workplace Disruption document here.

Learn more about the GIPC here.

About ECIA

The Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA) is made up of the leading electronic component manufacturers, their manufacturer representatives and authorized distributors. ECIA members share a common goal of promoting and improving the business environment for the authorized sale of electronic components. Comprised of a broad array of leaders and professionals representing all phases of the electronics components supply chain, ECIA is where business optimization, product authentication and industry advocacy come together. ECIA members develop industry guidelines and technical standards, as well as generate critical business intelligence. For more information, visit or call 678-393-9990.