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Tuesday, 13 October 2020 20:01

Ford Tells Remote Workers They Will Stay Home Through June

Written by Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press
Kumar Galhotra, president of Ford North America, in the cafeteria at Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, MI. Kumar Galhotra, president of Ford North America, in the cafeteria at Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, MI. Roman Blanquart, Detroit Free Press

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An estimated 32,000 Ford employees throughout North America learned Oct. 8 they will remain working from home through June, a company official confirmed to the Free Press.

Ford had announced previously that its remote workforce would return to Ford offices no sooner than January 2021. A vast majority of the workers are U.S.-based.

 

"The North America workforce was informed this afternoon in a regularly scheduled meeting that is led by Kumar Galhotra, president, Americas and international markets group. It was virtual," said Cassandra Hayes, Ford manager of transformation communications.

 

In early September, General Motors said its salaried employees would be working from home at least until June 30.

 

"We've been considering the current environment, including local and state [safety] requirements, and ongoing planning about workspaces," Hayes said. 

 

Unless it is essential to be on Ford property to complete the job, employees are not coming back for at least nine months, she said.

 

In the meantime, the company will continue to evaluate whether it needs so much building space in the future.

 

Melissa Bradley, a business professor at Georgetown University, praised the decision.

 

"Because of where we are in the country, I think it makes sense," she said. "It allows people to plan and signals there's a concern for people's well-being. It's good to know that your employer cares not just about your productivity but about your health."

 

Charles Ballard, professor of economics at Michigan State University, said Ford is following the lead of a lot of companies nationally.


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