Daniel Howes The Detroit News Published 7:38 PM EDT May 20, 2019 Detroit’s self-described family automaker is trying to take a kinder, gentler approach to its salaried layoffs. But another 500 white-collar employees of Ford Motor Co. nevertheless will lose their jobs this week beginning Tuesday as part of a continuing global restructuring aiming to eliminate 7,000 salaried jobs, or roughly 10% of the global salaried workforce worldwide. There’s no way to sugarcoat this, the latest piece of CEO Jim Hackett’s “smart redesign” nearly two years in the making. This is different in tone, in pace, in the numbers targeted and the evident rethinking of what to cut, how to do it and when. The headcount reductions are aimed more squarely at senior managers than general salaried employees to reduce management bureaucracy, to speed decision-making and to cut costs by more than $25 billion over the next few years. “Ford is a family company and saying goodbye to colleagues is difficult and emotional,” Hackett wrote staff in a memo Monday. “We have moved away from past practices in some regions where team members who were separated had to leave immediately with their belongings, instead giving people the choice to stay for a few days to wrap up… Read full this story
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