CHENNAI, India — The Learning and Development (L&D) team at Ford India has kicked off an initiative to foster a reading habit among employees by refurbishing a small library-cum-reading room in the corporate office at the Chennai manufacturing facility.
The library, which celebrated a ‘Library day’ last week, will function from Monday to Friday and also allow employees to borrow from its collection. Employees walking in were encouraged to pick up books of their choice and a lucky draw conducted amongst them resulted in a surprise gift.
The library has been in existence for some time but was used more as a reference repository. With the addition of more books and wider offerings, it has now thrown open its doors to a larger audience of all staff and associate employees.
The library has a modest collection of 620 titles and magazines including popular genres like best practices, management, manufacturing, technical, reference books and fiction. “We plan to add more books to the collection through purchasing and donation of books from employees. We welcome suggestions to improve the library,” said AV Sivaram, Ford India’s L& D lead, who is supervising the library.
He said there will be a register where employees can enter their names and books they have borrowed. A book may be borrowed for up to two weeks. “We also encourage employees to donate books to build a richer collection,” he added.
The small library has been housed in a small meeting room in the Human Resources department and has comfortable sofas where employees may browse the collection at leisure. Employees have welcomed the move and the footfalls have been increasing since last week.
“This has fulfilled a much needed gap. Now I can come here to pick the books I like and return them after reading,” said K Sethu Baskaran, a bibliophile from Ford India’s Powertrain Operations.
“This is a great initiative to foster a reading habit among our employees and I am confident this will go a long way towards enhancing their knowledge-base,” said K Rajaram, general manager, Human Resources of Ford India.
Employees check out the books at the L&D library at Ford India