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9 months ago

GM bans workers using cell phone when walking on premises. Apparently distraction on the job is how they ended up with the Pontiac Aztek


At General Motors, employees are not allowed to walk around on their phones. That’s pretty standard behavior for warehouses and manufacturing facilities, but this rule extends to the office. That means no looking at a phone on the way to a meeting. No taking calls while en route to the bathroom. No checking email while you’re going to the kitchen to get a coffee.

“We have asked people not to text and walk or walk and talk on phones because it takes your attention away from potential hazards,” says Jim Glynn, GM’s vice president of Global Workplace Safety.

The new rule, which took effect in January, came out of a letter General Motors CEO Mary Barra published in June 2017. It outlined a series of key agendas necessary to the company’s longer-term stability, including a commitment to “safety in everything we do.”

10 months ago
  • Ogden Lafaye

    Cell phones should be banned anywhere on company property and confiscated from those trying to carry them into the jobsite. Workers are there to WORK, not jabber on the phone. Permanently mounted free phone installations should be made available for emergency/necessary calls. Requests to use these phones should be assessed individually. Excess requests would be grounds for eventual dismissal if abuses continued.

    Permanently mounted phone facilities would reduce wandering calls 100%

    September 12, 2018      10:54 pm Reply

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