GM culture could be tested in buyouts

As General Motors Co. navigates buyouts and possible layoffs amid good times and strong profit margins, experts say the Detroit automaker will have to prioritize company morale.

GM offered six months pay and six months health care beginning in February to North American salaried employees and global executives with 12 or more years of experience. The deadline to accept the offer was Monday, but company officials refuse to characterize the number of takers because individual department managers still must assess whether prospective buyouts will help them meet cost-cutting targets — or not.