General Motors CEO Dan Akerson — once a Navy officer — is about fed up with insider leaks of future products and internal affairs from the company’s some 200,000 employees. So much so that the former lieutenant described the act as “treason” in a recent conference call. And while he can’t have his employees court marshaled and imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay, he holds them all to a heightened sense of integrity.
“If you don’t want to play by the rules, then you ought to work somewhere else,” Akerson said in a Detroit News report. “We have the right to expect that people will behave with integrity. And when they don’t, we can’t tolerate it, and we won’t.”
The biggest reason is the belief that such leaks help the competition. Notably, GM employees sign a non-disclosure waiver titled “Winning With Integrity.” While this is nothing new (it’s been around for 10 years), it does draw the line as to what GM employees are allowed to say about what goes on at work without risking their jobs. We wonder if he signed it before he told the media about 200-plus-mile electric vehicles on the way.