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Honda is reportedly deploying accountants to the assembly line

July 31, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

An employee wears a Honda Motor Co. patch on a lab coat at the Honda Auto Plant in Marysville, Ohio. U.S., on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. Honda Motor Co. plans to re-calibrate production within its biggest market in favor of light trucks, seeking to improve profit margins that have been trailing its Japanese peers. Photographer: Ty Wright/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Honda appears to be taking an unusual approach to cross-functional staff training. Managers are ordering accountants to abandon their spreadsheets and step up to the assembly line — temporarily, at least, according to a report.

New York (CNN Business)Honda (HMC) appears to be taking an unusual approach to cross-functional staff training.

Managers are ordering accountants to abandon their spreadsheets and step up to the assembly line — temporarily, at least, according to a report.

Because of coronavirus-related staff shortages, Honda is asking office workers at its Maryville, Ohio, plant to move to the production line, local radio station WOSU reports.

Honda did not respond to CNN's requests for comment.

According WOSU, a Honda manager said in an email to staff that the pandemic has forced many of the company's employees to take a leave of absence, and "the $600 unemployment [benefit] is making it difficult for our contingent staffing agencies to fill orders. "

Citing low inventory, the email says Honda is temporarily shifting staff from purchasing, accounting and other departments to fill vacant assembly positions until at least mid-August.

It's already been a tough year for Honda.

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