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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 81

Incentive to Workmen

Incentive to Workmen.

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[unclear: who] object that such a system [unclear: nplica ted] book-keeping, it is [unclear: perhaps] sufficient to reply that the firms [unclear: question] did not find this so and that [unclear: any] additional book-keeping it did involve was well worth the trouble as helping acurate cost keeping.

So far I have dealt with a system of individual gain-sharing—that is, of a progressive wage for the industrial worker. But some cases this is impracticable, and a collective progressive wage has been in many cases tried successfully.

For instance, in a manufacturing industry The "preparers'" in a woollen yarn factory in some factories work in sets of our. Each of the workers in these groups of four receive a weekly wage. Then the output of each set of [unclear: is] measured, and if it exceeds a specified standard the excess entitles the four workers to have divided among them a prescribed sum as an exertion wage.

Numerous instances could be given of this system. It has been employed with greatest success where machinery run by steam or other power is used by a group of operatives. In these cases it has been found possible for a set of workman by diligence and by "working together in a loyal and intelligent manner without in any way over-exciting themselves to increase their output and their earnings. But the system has not been confined to manufacturing industries it has been successful in many other. Many illustrations with details are given in the works to which I have referred. In this system the exertion wage may be divided either (a) among all the members in equal shares, or (b) it may he divided in accordance with the importance of the services rendered by each member of the group. The nature of this division could be determined either by voluntary agreement between the men or by the Court, if necessary.