Frederick Winslow Taylor - the Father of Scientific Management

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Frederick Winslow Taylor - The Father of Scientific Management The years leading up to the 1920’s were a time of momentous change for America. New technology was gaining momentum and factories were producing more and more goods. People were able to buy goods rather than making them like they had in the past and the standard of living was going up. Manufactured goods were a major part of life, especially during the 1920’s. This change towards being a consumer nation didn’t happen all at once and it certainly didn’t happen without prompting from some amazing innovators of the time. One of these people was Frederick Winslow Taylor, the founder the scientific management, a system which revolutionized production and largely contributed to…show more content…
Their role should be simple and well-defined, leaving little to no leeway on their methods or how fast they do their task. If they couldn’t keep up with the established pace, they were often fired and replaced with an unskilled laborer that could. Taylor summed up slacking on the job to the result of one of three things. The worker could be worried that if production increases, there won’t be as much of a need for workers, the management and rewards system in place could be ineffective, or the performance was generally governed by rule of thumb and therefore didn’t have any particular standards to live up to. Ideally, Scientific Management solved all three of these potential issues, instead encouraging better work ethics in the workers. The third key element of Taylor’s management system involved both the management and the workers. Taylor believed that his system could only be implemented correctly if the two groups got along and worked to better the company and not themselves. He felt that, “In the past the man has been first; in the future the system must be first.” He didn’t side with the leaders of business but he also wasn’t biased to the labor. He believed in a balance between the two. “It (the public) will no longer tolerate the type of employer who has his eyes only on dividends alone, who refuses to do his share of the work and who merely cracks the whip over the heads of his workmen and
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