Taylor 's Theory Of Scientific Management

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Taylor suggested that “no one can be found who will deny that in the case of any single individual, the greatest prosperity can exist only when that individual has reached his highest state of efficiency; that is, when he is turning out his largest daily output.” (Taylor & Jones, 1911) There is a widespread variety of opinions regarding Taylor’s theory of Scientific Management, as it is debatable whether the technique accounts for the workers own interests within the working environment, and the effects of the technique as a whole whilst enforcing the rigorous scientifically designed working methods to gain maximum efficiency and productivity. Prior to Scientific management, workers decided themselves how to perform their individual…show more content…
This demonstrates how workers can be motivated to move forty-seven and a half tons of pig iron a day, when given the incentive of receiving $1.85 a day, in comparison to the twelve and a half tons when receiving $1.15. This shows scientific management can be advantageous to some workers, if they are motivated by money. Nonetheless, scientific management creates monotonous work, each workers job being simplified to the extent that is becomes tedious and repetitive. Frustrating the workers, they feel their skill sets aren’t being used to their full potential, creating tension in the workplace and a decrease in motivation towards their tasks. Bob Carter and colleagues explored the use of Taylorism in the ‘back offices’ of HMRC. The results found support the idea that Taylorism does not play to the workers’ advantage, being “driven to the limit”, (Carter et al, 2011) and not using their own initiative at all within the tax process, resulting in a “significant degradation of the tax staff’s quality of working life”. (based on Carter et al., 2011, p471). Employees are not machines, regardless of Taylor’s efforts to make them, due to the idea that scientific managements requirements state that the process of completing tasks needs uniformity and monotony, using ‘one best way’ to complete a task. (Locke, 1982) Therefore, this is a significant drawback of Taylor’s approach,
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