Ford is reviewing its work-life balance policies to try and ensure that all its staff, including workers on night shifts, can make the most of their home lives.
At an IIR conference on flexible working last week, the company's diversity manager, Kamaljeet Jandu, said that Ford needs to challenge its traditional and conservative working practices.
Jandu said, "In terms of organisational change, it is an enormous task. We want to become a leader in best practice. We are some way off at the moment, but that is our aim."
Ford currently offers part-time working, job sharing, career breaks and extended leave. The company is to hold a work-life and diversity fortnight in September where employees and managers will be encouraged to promote work-life balance.
Ford wants to offer the 18,000 staff in its vehicle plants and 7,000 salaried office workers greater flexibility.
Jandu said that while flexible working policies had to fit in with the company's 24-hour-a-day, seven-days-a-week shift patterns, he wanted production line workers on all shifts to be able to make the most of their home lives.
Ford is considering introducing on-site child care facilities.