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THE BOSS, WHO ?WHACKSi-IT-UBWITH THE
MEN HAS SENSE, BUT HE'S RARE
BY ROGER W. BABSON, i
Noted Banker, Economist and. Sta
tician of Boston.
A young mechanic was speaking:
"My boss is real-decent. He has
some sense. I can trust him. I found,
when I was put on a new machine,
that by making several adjustments,
I could turn out one and a half times
as much work as I was expected to
do. I told the boss. (You see, I could
trust him). We talked it over and he
gave me a good raise. Since then I
have made a good many changes and
have had my pay raised each time.
My boss has some sense. Of course,
it is to his advantage, but he has
sense enough to see it. But hs kind
are not common. Thee are very few
bosseswho Relieve in 'whacking-it-up'
with the men."
The young mechanic was right.
His boss was decent. He could be
trusted. He'had some sense. -He was
also rare very rare indeed.
The traditions of employers come
straight down from the days when a
workman was regarded as a sort of
a dog, expected to look entirely to
his owner's interest and to take what
was thrown him in return.
A dog must not become too fat.
It is not good fofiim. "Ndt much is
thrown to a dog.
'But a man, especially a modern
American mechanic, is not a4og. He
has brains. .
Is he encouraged to useilusjbrains?
Sometimes he-is, but m'oe.of ten he
is not. i,"
In how many shops would a man
dare to tell the boss he could turn out
more work thanhe was expected to
do? The. other way of asking tthis
question is how many bosses can be
trusted toe "whack-it-up" with the
Yet it is to their interest to get
more work done. If the product were
not worth more than the payroll, the
shop would not run. Half as much
more product would be worth more
than half as much again on the pay
roll. It could often be obtained if
the boss has sense. '
But the mechanics have sense. No
man can be a first-rate mechanicwho
lacks sense. They have so much
sense that they will not make the ad
justments and increase the product,
because they know that it will all go
into the profits. They know that they
-.will be. denied their share.
No hint is given to the bosses. If
ever they suspect that the output
can be increased they hire a man with
a stop-watch to. come and stand be
hind the man -at the lathe, do Pinker-"
ton work and report. Then they try
to speed up the shop. The result is
Much is said of the interest which
is common to labor and capital. This
talk comes from the side of capital.
It-is not meant. If it were meant, the
boss who "whacked-it-up" with the
men would not be rare.
But he, is rare very rare indeed.
BLAST INTENDED TO KILL HIS
FAMILY KILLS MAN
Spokane, Wash., Oct. 14. A pre
mature explosion of a charge of ni
troglycerin hewas placing under his
daughter's bed, early today,, killed
John N. Franklin, who was attempt
ing tffilow.up the house and kill his
three daughters and other relatives.
May Franklin, ona of the daugh
ters, obtained a court order a few
weeks ago, compelling her father to
pay her $250 from the estate of her
mother. Franklin, according to the
police, became angry and threatened
to get" all his relatives.
The explosion early today wrecked
the house, but none of the daughters
nor relatives were injured
More than six hundred thousand
men are employed in working the
railways of the United Kingdom.
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