IT IS an absurd paradox that whereas some firms have the legend ‘Work Study’ on the door, they set their rates along ratefixing lines. With wages soaring and little to show by way of increased output, it is important to keep inflationary rates at bay. ‘Rates’ are intended to imply rates of output irrespective of the mode in which they are expressed. Standard minutes are intended to be earned and their establishment should, therefore, still be in accordance with the equitable principles of a good incentive system. And while it is quite understandable that some practitioners should tend to play safe by ‘loading’ the rate in order to avoid any subsequent shop floor conflict in regard to bonus earnings, the situation should never be allowed to degenerate into one which high bonus earnings—without reference to standards— are to be regarded as a condition precedent to greater effort.
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