Are you a manager in a business venture or company?
Would you do like to see it operating smoothly and more efficiently?
Efficiency is defined as attainment of the desired results without waste.
How can this be achieved?
If you demand perfection of everyone and set up rules and regulations to enforce your requirements, you may soon encounter a reaction of resentment if not open rebellion.
But is it wrong to expect your workers continually to do better and better?
Nevertheless, this invitation of to striving to be be better must be kept on the right path and in the right mental attitude.
Only then can your workers spend their work days in a happy, productive and satisfying manner.
Efficient handling of your workforce takes more than a list of cold rules and regulations.
It takes patient education on your part, a readiness to give personal demonstrations of how things should be done.
Then, too, you have to take into account the age, ability and emotional makeup of each worker, and give to each one just the right kind of encouragement and help.
From this you begin to see that the wastage that combats genuine efficiency is not merely waste of time and material.
It includes waste and wear of the precious human assets that go to make up your work force.
Bosses often do not take this most vital asset of their organization into full account.
Their programs of efficiency are devoid of humane consideration.
While it is true that no manager can afford to countenance laziness or heedlessness, they should realize that pressuring people or expecting too much of them is not the way of efficiency.
The highest standard of work will be performed by those who are in a happy, contented frame of mind.
Such ones will be willing to accept correction when deserved, as long as they are also receiving commendation for jobs well done.
And when they do make an infrequent blunder, patient training, and not just the crack of a whip-like tongue, will work wonders.
The manager must be convinced that, of all the assets of the organization under him or her, human resource is the most valuable; for it has a marvelous potential of intelligence, resourcefulness and adaptability.
The finest machines in the world are useless without the know-how and technique of the men and women required to operate them.
So he will be concerned about their well-being, their mental and emotional as well as their physical health.
He or she must strive to maintain a relationship with each one of them on a level that accords with the proper dignity of human relations.
It is well known that when machines are continually operated at speeds beyond those for which they were built, the life of the machines is drastically shortened and costly repair bills make their appearance.
This reminds us that machines are usually started off, when new, at comparatively low speeds, and then gradually stepped up to maximum speed as time goes on.
The wise operator knows when they have reached the safe maximum speed.
Though humans are not machines, the manager can expect each worker gradually to build up his or her efforts to maximum efficiency, and will perceive when the safe peak of efficiency has been reached in each individual case.
That safe peak is the tempo of production at which the worker can continue indefinitely without undue physical or mental strain.
Thus, while a manager will work hard to keep waste at a minimum and guard against slothfulness, he knows that he cannot produce perfection out of imperfection.
Such tactics in this respect only promote the selfish nature of yours workers mentality rather than teamwork.
Thus producing ruthless competitions, hatreds, stomach ulcers and a host of other ills—in a word, vanity.
Such a working environment can only serve to damage the efficiency of your workforce.