PRODUCTION: The Way to Do It?

The War Production Board, long an advocate of incentive wages to speed up U.S. war production, this week backed its argument with some startling proof.

During 1944, WPB's Management Consultant Division worked out incentive plans for some 1,000,000 workers, kept tab on what happened through spot checks of the plants. Result: production jumped an average of 40% within three months after the workmen began to get bonus pay for extra work.

The worker's "take-home" (wages plus production bonuses) increased 10 to 15%. Production costs per unit dropped 10 to 15%. In effect, said WPB, 400,000 new workers were...

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