MELBOURNE, Australia — Bob Graziano, president and CEO, Ford Motor Company of Australia, personally thanked a group of employees for their dedication and service as they celebrated major service milestones with the company.
Several employees who have been with Ford for 25, 30 and 35 years, met at the Broadmeadows Assembly Plant in Melbourne to chat with Graziano and reminisce about their time with Ford.
One of those at the event was Paul Boulos, a Senior Shop Steward, who has worked with Ford in Australia for 35 years and who was grateful for the personal thanks he received from the president and CEO.
“Everyone appreciated the way it was organised as it is good to see our leaders and higher management on the shop floor to boost employee morale in these tougher times in the auto industry,” Boulos said. “We like to see positive things happening in the Plant, and support from higher management, it was good to see them coming back to boost everyone’s spirits.”
Boulos joined Ford in 1977 as a sprayer in the Paint Shop and has seen enormous growth in the work environment, quality, safety and communication between management and employees since then. Ford’s Natural Work Group concept came about in the early 1990s, which encouraged employees to work as a team, share ideas, work with respect in the workplace, and trust each other.
“We have come a very long way, regarding our work environment, quality, safety and communication. I am very proud to be a member of this company where we can say that we are one of the best in this country, it’s easy to see that our people love to work here, we listen to everyone’s ideas, respect each other, and understand each other,” he said.