Detroit– Ford The company’s chief personnel officer told Reuters that the car company will postpone most employees back to the office until January, and is still considering whether to require employees to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.
As the delta virus of the coronavirus swept through many countries where Ford did business, Ford joined an increasing number of large employers who have postponed plans to reopen offices. Ford said that most office workers in North America, Latin America and the International Market Group will not return to the office before January. The company will re-evaluate the resumption plan every three to four months.
Kiersten Robinson, Ford’s chief personnel and employee experience officer, said the company has not yet decided whether to join employers and government agencies that require employees to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Ford requires vaccinations for employees who work abroad. Robinson said the company is still evaluating whether the broader mandate is appropriate, how employees will respond, and how vaccine requirements will adapt to different countries.
“We want to understand the emotions of employees. What prevents them from voluntarily vaccinating,” Robinson said. She said employee perceptions — and the way Ford employees get vaccines — vary around the world. “It’s easy to have a one size fits all task.”
Ford has established mask requirements and other policies to limit the spread of coronavirus infections in factories and workplaces where employees cannot work remotely. Robinson said that so far, no major epidemic has occurred in any Ford plant.
Once Ford employees who can work remotely return to the office, many will only do part-time jobs. Ford said it plans to reconfigure many offices. Hybrids working arrangement.
Once the office reopens, employees who can complete their work through video conferencing and Internet connections can get new benefits. The automaker said it will allow employees to work remotely in their home country for up to 30 days a year without reporting to the Ford website.
According to the guidelines, employees in the Ford office in Michigan can choose to work for a month at a resort or relative’s house in Florida, Los Angeles, or anywhere else in the United States.