German automakers struggling to find ways to get employees to work more hours for the same pay might want to note a North American approach.
General Motors is allowing salaried workers in North America to buy up to five extra vacation days a year for $175 (currently about E144) a day.
GM says the plan is designed to save millions of dollars and boost morale.
GM employees who receive two weeks of vacation a year, standard in the US, especially appreciate the offer.
Ford Motor Co. has a policy of "flex dollars" which allows US workers to buy health and dental insurance. Remaining flex dollars can be used to buy up to 10 extra vacation days.