Business: MEASURING THE WORKER

The Time Study: Boon or Bane?

EVEN in the current era of labor peace, one big troublemaker still shows up all too often in U.S. industrial relations. That troublemaker is the time study, the system by which the operation of a certain job is clocked to determine how long it should take to do it. A time study man with a ticking stopwatch can show up on a factory floor and in an hour bring a giant production process to a halt; an argument over time studies is one of the biggest causes of the...

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