Employees: Our Most Valuable Resource

Our employees are our most valuable resource. They are the ones who have helped us weather this most recent difficult period and who are moving us forward on our path to success.

Our "ONE Ford" program, now in its third year, aligns our efforts toward a common definition of success. ONE Ford provides consistent goals and expectations for employees, whether they work in Michigan or Shanghai, with a clear focus on the skills and behaviors we must demonstrate to accomplish One Team, One Plan, One Goal. All members of our global team are held accountable for incorporating ONE Ford into their daily work.

We have incorporated ONE Ford into our people processes to support employee development and drive accountability for moving the Company forward while demonstrating expected behaviors that tie back to our business:

  • F: Foster Functional and Technical Excellence
  • O: Own Working Together
  • R: Role Model Ford Values
  • D: Deliver Results

It is more important than ever that we invest in our employees, strengthen their technical and leadership skills and recognize them for delivering results that cultivate success. Even during our most difficult times, we have kept a focus on learning and leadership development.

All employees are encouraged to invest in their own professional development by developing an Individual Development Plan, or IDP, to help them meet current and future goals while maximizing performance in their current assignments. Employees work with their managers to help them identify strengths and areas for improvement.

We provide a comprehensive range of learning and development resources that align with ONE Ford. These include web-based and classroom training, special projects and task forces, as well as mentoring and coaching to foster functional and technical excellence, encourage teamwork, promote Ford values and enhance our ability to deliver results.

Similar to our vehicle strategy, our learning and development strategy has been to leverage our global scale and "commonize" as much as possible. We have created internal "colleges" that provide education and training in areas ranging from finance and information technology to product development and marketing. We offer global leadership development programs, including the Global Leadership Summit, which is aimed at executives and general managers, and the Global Executive Leadership Program, which is geared toward directors and senior managers. We also offer the Salaried Supervisor Institute/Program (SSI) for new or experienced leaders who want to enhance their ONE Ford skills.

ONE Ford is designed to build our employees' individual capability as well as our organization's capability to drive the business forward.

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