Returning to Work

Read on to see how we can work together to remain safe and healthy at work.
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Your Health in Mind

Your health is our top priority as we prepare to return to our workplaces. Following guidance from global health experts, we’ve developed several resources including a care kit, training, processes and communications.

What We’ve Done

To ensure you return to a safe work environment, we’ve implemented the following:

  • Cleaned and disinfected all workstations and accessible offices
  • Cleaned and disinfected all common areas – including break and lunch areas, team rooms, entrances, locker rooms, restrooms and more
  • Instituted daily and weekly cleaning protocols. Process coaches to utilize a daily checklist in manufacturing locations
  • Established hand sanitizer stations in areas where soap and water are not nearby
  • Implemented social distancing actions
  • Developed training content in the form of a COVID-19 playbook, job aids, videos and single-point lessons
  • Designed measures to control the flow of people entering and exiting facilities
  • Designed distancing measures in placement of workstations
  • Designated work entrance, parking area, work area and restrooms established

Self-Certify Survey

If you have symptoms, do not come to work. All employees will complete a COVID-19 Daily Survey and use the survey confirmation to gain entry into Ford facilities.

Temperature Scanning

Upon entering the building, all employees will receive a non-contact temperature scan. If your temperature scan is above normal, you will be asked to return home and follow provided instructions before returning to work.

Social Distancing

Workstations and office areas continue to be evaluated to ensure six feet of social distancing.

Personal Protective Equipment

Face Masks

Everyone is required to wear a Ford-provided face mask in- and outside of buildings at all times.

Face Shields

In some instances, face shields may be required to supplement social distancing.

Closure of Common Areas

Small meeting rooms, on-site fitness centers and physiotherapy areas are closed until further notice. Other common areas may be closed on a building-by-building basis.


Regular handwashing is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of germs. CDC recommends washing hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.

In high traffic areas where employees will not have access to soap and water, hand sanitizer stations have been added.

Breaks and Meals

Cafeterias are closed, but minimarts are open. Microwaves and appliances are available for use. Employees are required to clean microwave before and after each use.

Workstation and Office Cleaning

In manufacturing areas, workstations will be cleaned daily prior to each shift. A cleaning/disinfectant will be provided.

Those areas include:

  • Shared office spaces
  • Production areas
  • Production team rooms

In office buildings, desks will be cleaned weekly provided they are free from clutter. Common areas will be cleaned daily.

Symptoms at Work

If you experience symptoms at work:

  • Maintain a six-foot distance from others
  • For severe symptoms, follow emergency medical process; otherwise, notify your supervisor or human resources
  • Report to medical if available on-site. Go home, contact your healthcare provider
  • Report confirmed cases on Coronavirus Reporting site

What You Can Do

To ensure the health and safety of all, we need to start working differently and we must work together. Make the commitment to:

  • Read and understand all communications
  • Self-certify your health daily
  • Follow the processes and guidelines for social distancing
  • Participate in cleaning and disinfecting your work areas
  • Practice proper handwashing and sanitizing
  • Cough and sneeze into tissues or your elbow
  • Ask questions and focus on your health and the health of your co-workers
  • If you experience any symptoms, stay home

Maximize Productivity With These Ergonomic Home Workspace Tips

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  1. Create a dedicated workspace. Set up a safe, ergonomically sound workspace to consistently revisit each day.
  2. On a laptop? Use books or small boxes as risers for your laptop, and place a wireless mouse and external keyboard directly in front of your monitor.
  3. Place your monitor for maximum comfort. The top should be at or slightly below eye level and roughly arm’s distance away.
  4. Stand during Webex meetings. Try setting up a standing workspace and stand for 20-30 minutes at a time.
  5. Move around! Take a short walk around your living space or – if you have one – your yard or garden.


  1. While sitting: Keep your wrists as straight as possible, elbows and knees bent 90 degrees. Use pillows to support your lower back as needed.
  2. While standing: Stand straight, keep your feet shoulder width apart and your weight evenly distributed.


Take breaks to stretch! It will increase blood flow and relax your muscles. Practice stretches* for your neck, your sides, forearmsand wrists to prevent stiffness.

  1. Forearm/wrists: Using your left hand, pull fingers towards your body, while keeping your right arm straight. Repeat for both wrists.
  2. Neck: With shoulders relaxed, shoulder blades pulled straight down your back, looking straight ahead, lower your left ear to your left shoulder until you feel a slight stretch in the right side of your neck. Repeat on right.
  3. Shoulder and sides: Reach hands to the sky. While keeping pelvis locked, SLOWLY bend to the left from the waist and reach arms to the left until a slight stretch is felt in the right side of the body. Repeat for other side.

*If you have a pre-existing condition, consult your doctor for specific stretches tailored to your condition.