By Joseph White
DETROIT: Ford Motor Co will delay bringing most employees again to places of work till January, and continues to be contemplating whether or not to require staff to get vaccinated towards the coronavirus, the corporate’s chief individuals officer advised Reuters.
Ford is becoming a member of a rising variety of massive employers which are delaying plans to reopen places of work because the Delta variant of the coronavirus sweeps by means of many international locations the place the automaker does enterprise. Ford mentioned most workplace employees in North America, Latin America and Worldwide Markets teams is not going to come again to places of work earlier than January. The corporate is reassessing return to work plans each three to 4 months.
Kiersten Robinson, Ford’s chief individuals and worker expertise officer, mentioned the corporate has not but determined whether or not to affix employers and authorities companies requiring employees to get coronavirus vaccinations.
Ford has required vaccinations for workers who journey internationally for work. Robinson mentioned the corporate continues to be assessing whether or not a broader mandate is acceptable, how staff would reply and the way a vaccine requirement could be tailored to completely different international locations.
“We need to perceive the sentiment of staff. What’s standing the best way of them getting vaccinated voluntarily,” Robinson mentioned. Worker views – and the entry Ford employees need to vaccines – fluctuate world wide, she mentioned. “It is simplistic to have a one-sized matches all mandate.”
Ford has instituted masks necessities and different insurance policies to restrict the unfold of coronavirus infections in factories and workplaces the place staff can’t do jobs remotely. Thus far, Robinson mentioned, there haven’t been main outbreaks at any Ford services.
As soon as Ford staff who’re capable of work remotely return to places of work many will achieve this solely half time, and Ford mentioned it plans to reconfigure many places of work for hybrid work preparations.
Staff who can do their jobs by way of videoconference and web connections may get a brand new perk as soon as places of work reopen. The automaker mentioned it is going to enable staff to work remotely for as much as 30 days a yr from inside their residence nation, with out being required to report back to a Ford web site.
Underneath the rules, a Ford workplace employee in Michigan may select to work for a month from a resort or a relative’s residence in Florida, Los Angeles or some other U.S. location.