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Auto execs use face time to drive employee commitment

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At the Michigan offices of Johnson Controls, one of the most coveted employee benefits is a visit from the boss.

Executives of the Wisconsin-based automotive supplies manufacturer devote about a quarter of their time to visiting with the 1,800 employees who work in their Michigan facilities—most often by walking around and chatting with whomever they run into. Plus, they keep their office doors open.

Execs eat lunch in the employee cafeteria most days, and the group vice president invites staff to offer their ideas for the business during monthly forums.

Even after the organization laid off some employees and forced others to take furlough days, managers continued their employee rewards program. One exec invites 30 employees to join him for dinner once a month—and no work talk is allowed.

Contact: Jeff Williams, group VP, at (248) 276-6000.

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