Freep's Phelan Blasts Chrysler Vacation Plan
Detroit Free Press columnist Mark Phelan proves that even those in the mainstream media can handle a little bit of automotive truth-telling. His recent column hammers Chryslers decision to shut down factories for two weeks this summer. Actually, Phelan's beef is not with the plan itself, but its implementation. His main point? People spend all year planning their vacations; forcing employees to change all of their plans is not good for a company as fragile as Chrysler. "Forgetting that other folks have family obligations and less vacation time than you is what Type A executives do," argues Phalen. "The problem is that it has to be somebody's job to tell the boss when he's about to step in something that will stick to his shoe and smell bad." Apparently, skimping on consideration bears bitter fruit down the road. "The company should do everything it can to minimize confusion and communicate its message clearly. Sending a mass e-mail telling everybody to go home for a couple of weeks only fuels doubt and speculation," says Phalen. He definitely has a point there, re: TTAC's rumor report that Chrysler will file when everyone's on hols.
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