Mary Barra was a keynote speaker at Forbes Media’s “Reinventing America: The Workforce Summit” in Detroit recently, where she discussed at length, ranging from dress codes to her belief that the youth should be encouraged to pursue careers in technical fields.
Amongst the several aspects that were discussed, there were two that we found particularly interesting. One would be GM’s growing and improving workforce, which is about 30 percent new since 2009. Part of this includes a change in the safety and engineering departments following the ignition switch defect recall.
It seems that GM aims to make sure its workers are content, and will be asking all 220,000 global employees to provide feedback via a survey every 18 to 24 months. The purpose of these surveys brings up the second point we found most interesting, which is the direction Barra is leading the company towards. It is what she refers to as, “the right environment,” and is what she hopes to offer to her employees.
“You can’t fake culture,” she said. “You’ve got to have an environment where people feel engaged, where they’re working on things that are important and they have an opportunity to have career development.”
From our perspective, Barra is continuing to improve GM on all ends. To read more about Barra’s interview, click here to see an article by the Detroit News.