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Jagemann Stamping Co. has only one reserved parking space, 10 feet from the front door, but it doesn't belong to the chairman of the board, or anyone else in management.
It's set aside for the employee of the month.
That only starts to give a taste of Jagemann Stamping's management philosopy. The Manitowoc company makes a common part - hose end fittings for automotive air conditioners and fuel systems - but has developed uncommon employee relations policies.
Employees fill out their own time cards and schedule their own breaks. There is no time clock, no buzzers or bells to mark shift changes.
Employees have electronic card key access to the building, seven days a week, 24 hours a day. They can take tools home or use the company truck. The company provides sweet rolls and coffee, every day.
Privilege has a flip side, however. In return, employees are expected to take on lots of responsibility.
That means no quality inspectors. Machine operators themselves are responsible for quality. They …