'54 Ford Club of America - Forum

100 years ago this month
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Author:  hotrodprimer [ Thu Jan 02, 2014 10:16 pm ]
Post subject:  100 years ago this month

In January 1914, Henry Ford solved the employee turnover problem by doubling pay to $5 a day, cutting shifts from nine hours to an eight hour day for a 5 day work week (which also increased sales; a line worker could buy a T with less than four months' pay)

This resulted in hiring practices that identified the best workers, including disabled people considered unemployable by other firms.

Employee turnover plunged, productivity soared, and with it, the cost per vehicle plummeted. Ford cut prices again and again and invented the system of franchised dealers who were loyal to his brand name.

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