Lower sales, more layoffs, brain drain. We've read over and over again how Ford was already a tough place to work (politics, endless meetings, approval for anything has to be done by top brass), but now there are fewer people. This article takes the stance that Ford is listening to its employees more. We don't buy it. We understand that Ford CEO Alan Mulally is different than previous Ford CEOs, but how much different could he be? Do employees think a change like this (Bill Ford out, Alan Mulally in) is enough?
Boosting employee morale is a key element of Ford's restructuring plan.If we were running Ford we'd find out what cars/trucks employees would purchase if they could not buy a Ford. And then build those, but better. But since we'd be Ford we probably couldn't build them better.
Each quarter, the company surveys workers, asking them how they feel about Ford's products and its future.
The latest numbers were not reassuring. Less than half of those surveyed said they were optimistic about Ford's future, and just 38 percent said the company has the cars and trucks it needs to succeed.
Meanwhile, the article continued:
One thing Ford has going for it is a sense of community rare in companies its size.Ah, family. "Son, you're like the only son I've had to layoff. Except for your older brother. And your sisters."
Fields recently told workers that Ford employees are much more of a family than their peers at General Motors Corp. or DaimlerChrysler AG's Chrysler Group. It has a lot to do with Ford's history and the fact that Bill Ford Jr., Henry Ford's great-grandson, is the company's executive chairman.