Should Employers Force Their Products on Employees?

Posted on 28. Jan, 2006 by in News

Should Google force its employees to use the Google search engine exclusively? Should Microsoft employees be required to use Windows Media Player instead of iTunes? Should

I ask these questions because I’m sincerely curious. I read this story today on how the manager of the Ford plant in Dearborn is restricting parking in company lots to Ford cars. If you drive something other than a Ford, you’ll have to park across the street. Is it just me, or does this just seem wrong?

I understand that Ford is going through some tough times, but forcing your employees to buy your products? To me this should be a huge learning experience for Ford – they should be focusing their efforts on determining why their employees want to purchase other cars. Is it dependability? Looks? Price?

For one worker at the plant, it came down to price:

“They can’t tell you how to spend your money. It’s still a free country.” He said he got a better deal on his Chrysler than he could on a Ford. “I got to go where I can get the most bang for my buck,” he said.

If Ford’s employees are able to get a better deal on a Chrysler, imagine the price difference for normal consumers. Maybe I’m wrong here, but it seems as though Ford is taking a great learning opportunity and throwing out the window in favor of a policy that will do nothing more than instill frustration and anger in the minds of employees. Keep up the good work there guys!

6 Responses to “Should Employers Force Their Products on Employees?”

  1. Yes, I think they should. At least, I think the employees should WANT to own company products. Otherwise, they are doing nothing but help their competitors. If you are an employee of Ford and you drive a Toyota, what does that say? It sure as heck doesn’t speak highly of Ford’s products.

  2. Jason

    02. Feb, 2006

    What does it say if you drive a Toyota instead of a Ford? Tons! That was exactly the point of this post – if Ford isn’t making a product good enough that their employees WANT it without being forced, then they should re-examine their product – not their employees.

  3. mrskin

    02. Oct, 2006

    Ahhh, well it’s George Bush’s fault.

  4. Kim

    29. Nov, 2006

    This is actually not new and the reasons are more complex than simply forcing employees to purchase the cars they make. In the 70’s and 80’s it was not just the management but the employees who did not want any car not produced by the company. If you did you were likely to come out and find your car flipped over, vandalized or worse. It was unheard of to drive a competitors car.

    A different way of looking at it is this. No one can force you to do anything but in a time of crisis if you are willing to pay someone elses salary and feed someone elses kids then you deserve to go out of business. What I mean by this is when you work for an automaker what you drive literally is either paying your salary or someone elses. So the managers decision emphasizes that point . If you want to keep working you need to drive your own product. Its more a matter of emphasizing a point that should be obvious. Yes this is America and you have a right to choose what you drive but then dont get ticked when you get laid off and cant afford to buy any car. Its no different for any other product
    – A Ford Family member.


  1. Madison - November 1, 2006


    The three Rs of Microsoft support: Retry, Reboot, Reinstall.

  2. Abigail - November 23, 2006


    To boldly go where I surely don’t belong.

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