The Changing Nature of Work

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Unformatted text preview: The Changing Nature of Work Automation of manufacturing helped create new jobs and dramatically changed the work environment in both factories and offices. Henry Ford Henry Ford was one of the first industrialists to act on the realization that each worker is also a consumer. Ford raised worker wages so they could buy more goodsparticularly carsand reduced hours to make workers more accepting of their boring jobs on the assembly line. Because assembly line work required few special skills, Ford hired workers from all backgrounds, which also created a more loyal workforce. Assembly line The mechanized plants introduced by Ford seemed to turn humans into robots, with workers doing only one phase of production. While assembly line work required few specialized skills, it required great discipline, which was enforced through limited worker contact. Breaking down skilled work into tiny jobs increased production and profits, raised the wages of laborers, and provided jobs for thousands of people in need of work. However, it also threatened to turn workers into machines. Scientific management...
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