When the Lunch Whistle Blows.
At the beginning of these articles maximum output was stressed. Subsequently some effects of fatigue were considered. What has been said there, has also its influence on the lunch hour spell. It is essential that the worker quits the bench or shop for a meal. Downright sweating methods originated a plan by which the worker was close to his job. It is no ionger necessary to curtail the meal period, nor is it advisable. The reasons for a complete withdrawal from work are twofold. On the psychological side it means a definite chance to “get away from work.” Too close an association with the tools in hourly use results in ennui; and too close contact brings about fatigue, with all the evils associated therewith. No matter how modern or up-to-date a shop may be the physiological effects cannot be lessened. Fresh air is always welcome. To take meals in a contaminated atmosphere must have a bad effect on the digestive processes. This must react upon the health of workers, who thus become less efficient. To ask for good work from men who are expected to partake of food under insanitary and uncomfortable conditions is, to say the least, ridiculous. Men working under modern hygienic conditions welcome a lunch room, where there are facilities for a hot drink and freshly cooked meal.
“Relaxation is a physical and moral necessity.”—Horace Greeley.
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The Hutt Valley Workshops Social Hall, recently officially opaned by the Minister of Labour (Hon. W. A. Veitch).
Such cafetarias have been established in the New Zealand Railways Workshops. No longer are men expected to eat beside their work. Activities of this kind are not lightly cast aside. They are the point of origin of much social effort, which serves to break down antagonism within the factory. Probably it will be the ideal of all shops to supply music during the lunch hour. Such a development would be entirely in keeping with modern psychology.