Labor

Labor

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1915 edition. Excerpt: ...have in general opposed the system. Any change from day rates to piece rates, unless most carefully made, is apt to arouse the opposition of the workmen; and if it is carried through in spite of them, they will take it out in soldiering, so that the effort to get greater production is defeated. One big concern obviates this by forbidding its employees to earn over what it considers a fair day wage. The men are all on piecework, but when they have earned what the company says they should, they are expected to loaf. Of course, they simply stretch out the time on each job so as to come out even at the end of the day. This is about the worst possible system, both for the management and the men. Many progressive concerns have improved on this by giving a basic guaranteed day rate, with an addition for each increase over the normal production. They have added to this a systematic course of instruction, so that their employees may increase their output to the limit. The Towne-Halsey premium plan is another system easy to introduce and maintain, and productive of results. As used originally by the Yale & Towne Company, it consisted in setting a standard time in which a job should be done, based on the best time in which it had been done in the past by an average man. Then the workman was given half or one-third the time he saved in doing the job. If the standard time was eight FIGURE XI: Payment plans which are most favored are standardized day work, straight piecework the Gantt, Taylor and Emerson plans and profit sharing. Many variations of the bonus or premium principle might be listed. The modern principle, however, is to standardise working conditions, find the best way to do the task, set a minimum wage to reassure the worker who may...show more

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  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236567595
  • 9781236567598