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Remote work will broaden talent pool, exec says

Although automakers move heaven and earth to safely get their manufacturing operations up and running and their dealers selling vehicles again, the disruptive COVID-19 epidemic has caused companies to recruit and retain employees. It may also have reorganized the way of thinking, the executive who spearheaded Toyota’s manufacturing and human resources in North America.

Chris Reynolds, chief administrative officer of manufacturing and corporate resources for Toyota Motor North America, says the way employees have shown this spring that they can work remotely will reduce geographic limits on hiring and hiring.

“If we’re working from home now and can do things virtually, I care if you’re in Plano, Texas or Detroit, Mich. I can’t depend on a job, as long as you can get to Plano . To meet with his team from time to time, “Reynolds explained Automotive news Publisher Jason Stein last week as part of the “Congress Conversations” series.

“I think there is a lot of potential here, where we can broaden the geographic footprint of our talent, not only for Toyota, but for many other companies, which also means more talent, which I think also better talent. Is. ‘M really looking forward, which is, I may have access to more talent than I do.”

In a 45-minute chat, Reynolds, a 2019 Automotive news The All-Star and Detroit natives spoke at length about Toyota’s efforts to preserve its work power as it returns to production lines, research laboratories and offices after a 10-week or longer absence.

“Our processes have really changed,” Reynolds said. “You can’t recognize plants if you stop before today.”

He said how best it was to resume production of Toyota’s plants as early as possible, and the process of implementing new safety procedures has been deliberate and extensive.

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