What a wonderful idea. Give your 346,000 employees the means to take part in the hottest, fastest-growing social phenomenon since TV: the Internet.
Ford Motor Co. - and the UAW - broke new ground when they arranged for every Ford employee around the world to have a computer and unlimited access to the Internet at home.
Ford's employees and their families will benefit from the plan, but the automaker will be rewarded, too. Computer literacy will rise. Employees will have access to more data. The company will be able to reach employees at home quicker in case of emergency.
But perhaps best of all, it will be easier for Ford employees around the world to understand CEO Jac Nasser's vision of making Ford Motor Co. as quick to change, as responsive and as innovative as the Internet.
The visionary plan announced by Nasser and Chairman William Clay Ford Jr. may have outdone Ford's grandfather, Henry Ford, who helped the company grow when he paid Ford employees $5 a day so they could afford to buy Ford cars.
Other automakers and suppliers ought to follow suit.