Honda is doing something right. Business is booming, employees and consumers alike are happy, and Honda’s products are more impressive than ever. So what’s the secret behind the success? It’s Honda’s business model, which is earning the respect of organizations around the world for its unique approach to motivating its workforce!
According to an excerpt from Driving Honda: Inside the World’s Most Innovative Car Company in a Newsweek.com article, Honda’s employment practices are far from the industry norm. Most automotive companies fill their offices and plants with people who share a passion for cars. On the contrary, Honda seeks employees who have charted an “irregular course”. Honda seeks unique individuals whose path in life has been unconventional, even strange.
The automaker prefers to find fresh minds, not already polluted with the general expectations and practices of the auto industry -the less their employees know about the auto industry in advance, the better. Honda is looking for unique and diverse experiences, backgrounds, and views in their employees.
Honda’s belief is that each individual should redefine their position rather than their job defining their role in the company.
Lesson learned – just because you don’t know cars doesn’t mean that you aren’t qualified to work for Honda Motor Company. Heck, if you’ve spent the last year out of the workforce travelling the world, you might just be the ideal candidate!