Chrysler Workers' New Seat Helps Work, Morale

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Workers at a Chrysler plant in Michigan design a "Happy Seat" to try to eliminate aches and pains from climbing into the cars to work on them. They had to clamber inside 73 times an hour to do the job. But the Happy Seat lets them slide into vehicles on the assembly line.

JOHN YDSTIE, host:

Well, here's a story about one group of workers who took it upon themselves to improve morale. Our last word in business today is the Happy Seat. It's the device that's making workers at one Michigan Chrysler plant more upbeat, according to the Detroit Free Press.

The workers designed the seat themselves to try to eliminate the aches and pains they get from climbing in and out of the cars they're building, sometimes 73 times an hour. But now, they can use the Happy Seat to just slide into the vehicles on the assembly line. That's made them feel very much better.

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm John Ydstie.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

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