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GM to move hundreds of salaried workers in Southeast Michigan locations

Jamie L. LaReau, Detroit Free Press on

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General Motors is shifting hundreds of salaried workers among its Southeast Michigan locations and declaring where some new hires will work as it prepares to bring its remote workforce back to the office starting this summer.

The location shifts, GM leaders say, will improve collaboration among teams.

"The moves also reflect adapting to post-pandemic workplaces where the future will be more flexible," said GM spokesman David Caldwell.

The automaker is taking these steps:

About 900 workers from its Customer Care and Aftersales offices in Grand Blanc will move to the Global Technical Center in Warren. GM will move several marketing and product people from its global headquarters in the Renaissance Center in Detroit to the Technical Center in Warren. GM is still determining how many employees will make this move. Finally, GM will hire a “significant number” of new IT specialists who will be assigned to work at the RenCen.

The new hires are part of GM’s announcement last fall that it would hire 3,000 new technical experts this year. A “significant portion” of those hired will be in IT jobs, Caldwell said. GM has hired about half of that 3,000 target to date. Some hires will work in Austin, Texas, he said.

All three moves will take place once GM starts bringing salaried workers back to the offices in late June or July, Caldwell said.

GM is undecided on what it will do with the facility in Grand Blanc that had housed the Customer Care and Aftersales team, Caldwell said. Customer Care and Aftersales supplies replacement parts for GM vehicles and non-GM vehicles under the ACDelco and GM Genuine Parts brands.

 

Most of GM's 68,000 salaried workers in the United States have worked remote since about this time last year. GM’s total head count in the United States is unaffected by the shifts, Caldwell said. GM employed about 20,000 employees at the Tech Center in Warren pre-pandemic, he said.

The automaker recently confirmed its plans to keep its global headquarters at the RenCen in Detroit where about 5,000 of its employees work.

A published report in 2019 cited unnamed sources saying GM CEO Mary Barra was looking to sell the RenCen, which GM acquired in 1996, to Detroit real estate mogul Dan Gilbert.

GM still owns the building. Caldwell declined to comment on whether Barra might shop the RenCen again in the future, saying only, "This is our headquarters and our headquarters will remain on the riverfront."

GM leaders are still determining a return-to-work strategy and figuring out how office space and health protocols will work. Ford Motor Co. gave employees its return-to-work plans Wednesday.

“We really don’t know exactly how it will look other than that the future will be more flexible,” Caldwell said. “That’s sort of our theme.”

Caldwell said GM ultimately wants to offer salaried employees a combination of “the collaboration you get from in-work places with the flexibility to work remote when needed. That’s what we are working on.”

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