Promises, promises, promises (Editorial)By John Hobel09/24/2001|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/09/2003 When Ford Motor Company announced in early 2000 that it was giving employees computers and Internet access for a nominal monthly fee, it was heralded as a bold move in special benefits. The automaker was distinguishing itself from competitors in the war for talent. Today, a year and a half later, 17,000 Canadian Ford workers are still waiting for the computers they were promised as part of the first wave of a world-wide rollout of the innovative scheme.Once seen as a boost to morale, the computer promise has become the opposite. Ford says it is still committed to the program — delivery was to have started in the spring of 2000 — and the delay is linked to solving problems in a pilot rollout at its Oakville, Ont. plant that resulted in a decision to defer the program’s implementation while management rethought its strategy. A far cry from the enthusiastic corporate mood in early 2000.Employees were thrilled with the original announcement, Ford scored positive headlines and benefit and compensation specialists were viewing the initiative as a benchmark for competitors to match. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.