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  •  A lot of that might be just method. (4+ / 0-)

    Procedures should support and be supported by principles.  However, many workers in industry are taught the procedures without being taught the principles.

    Suggestions for a more efficient or better method are often squashed, rather than accepted.  Thus workers don't know what's actually important, what are the likeliest failure modes, what the margin of safety is.  Conformity becomes the only answer, because if you aren't doing it differently, you aren't doing it wrong.

    -7.75 -4.67

    "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose."

    There are no Christians in foxholes.

    by Odysseus on Sun Nov 13, 2011 at 03:52:46 PM PST

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    •  Why do you think that is? Why does the upper (3+ / 0-)

      echelon of business decline to explain the finer points to the workers? Doing so frequently enhances productivity because the workers come up with suggestions. Why, then, does upper management refuse to share its reasoning with those doing the work?

      De air is de air. What can be done?

      by TPau on Sun Nov 13, 2011 at 04:03:53 PM PST

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    •  Agreed, interesting changes have occurred (5+ / 0-)

      over time in the system. Many innovations were invented on the shop floor at a time when working people were far more than tiny cogs in the wheel; their dealing with a larger part of the job and machinery gave them an overview enabling ways of making adjustments and changes that actually improved the machine. We have forced people to fill tiny roles, broken down things into such small parts that innovation and creativity are difficult to achieve and exactly as you state suggestions are ignored (as people stepping outside of their boxes).

      Agreed, this is an excellent point. thank you!

      "Hegel noticed somewhere that all great world history facts and people so to speak twice occur. He forgot to add: the one time as tragedy, the other time as farce" Karl Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte .

      by NY brit expat on Sun Nov 13, 2011 at 04:06:45 PM PST

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      •  Deadly Division of Mental and Manual Labor. (6+ / 0-)

        NY brit expat writes:

        Many innovations were invented on the shop floor at a time when working people were far more than tiny cogs in the wheel; their dealing with a larger part of the job and machinery gave them an overview enabling ways of making adjustments and changes that actually improved the machine.

        How true.  One of the most inhuman aspects of the capitalist production system is the fact that it severs the function of mental and manual labor, allocating to "management" the role of thinking while depriving workers of the right to use their minds to improve their jobs.  

        Kos poster "lightbulb"has been writing a fascinating series about his work as a manual laborer for a big box retail store in which he discusses how little the company managers actually know about the jobs they supposedly manage and how dependent they are on one of the long-term, low paid workers, Bob, to make the store operation function.

        Read lightbulb's story here.

        Convict Bush, Cheney and their torture cabal. Support universal health care,unions, WikiLeaks and Occupy Wall Street! Time for a totally new, democratic economic system. Turn the corporations into worker cooperatives!

        by Justina on Sun Nov 13, 2011 at 04:44:35 PM PST

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