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a cotton mill and watch the machines and their less than human attendants at their over-specialized tasks.
Then ask how such workers can take any joy in work? Let us say they are paid barely enough to live upon.
What food does the desire for achievement receive? What feeds the love of the concrete finished product of
which a man can proudly say, "I did it!" The restlessness of this thwarted desire is back of much of that social
restlessness that puzzles, annoys and angers the better-to-do of the world. As the factory system develops, as
"efficiency" removes more and more of the interest in the task, social unrest will correspondingly increase.
One of the great problems of society is this: CHAPTER XII. 108 How are we to maintain or increase production and still maintain the love of work? To solve this problem will
take more than the efficiency expert who works in the interest of production alone; it will take the type of
expert who seeks to increase human happiness.
Native industry, the love of work are variables of importance. No matter what social condition we evolve,
there will be some who will be "slackers," who will regard work as secondary to pleasure, who will take no
joy or pride in the finished product, who will feel no loyalty to their organization; and vice versa, there will be
those working under the most adverse conditions who will identify themselves, their wishes and purposes
with "the job" and the product. Nowhere are the qualities of persistent effort and interest of such importance
as in industry, and nowhere so well rewarded.
In the habits of efficiency we have a group of mechanically performed actions and stereotyped reactions
essential for work. Except in certain high kinds of work, which depend upon originality and initiative,
method, neatness and exactness are essential. "Time is money" in most of the business of the world; in fact
time is the great value, since in it life operates. The unmethodical and unt...
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This note was uploaded on 09/26/2011 for the course PSYCHOLOGY 110 taught by Professor Kannan during the Spring '11 term at Anna University Chennai - Regional Office, Coimbatore.
- Spring '11