Mike Judge has retired as personnel director for Peugeot after 37 years in the profession. He stepped down from this post on 1 January 2001.
He believes the most significant change he saw in that time was the introduction of industrial relations legislation in 1978. Judge said, "This resolved a vast amount of problems and cut down on the number of strikes. Employees finally understood how their actions affected the bottom line of the company."
His greatest challenge during his tenure was turning the company around after it was brought from Chrysler Europe for $1 in 1978. "We stepped in and improved internal communications which was vital for the morale of the workforce," he said.
Judge also introduced employee surveys every two years in order to get vital feedback. He scorns the use of "human resources" to describe the profession.
"It's a very demeaning term for people. I can't think of one employee who would consider himself a human resource. This term makes people think that they are not worth the chips on their table."