Recognizing the Humanity of the Worker

Source: Law & Liberty
by Richard Gunderman

“Where [Frederick Winslow] Taylor treated work and workers as machine-like mechanical processes, [Lillian] Gilbreth regarded workers as human beings. She focused less on efficiency and more on fatigue, seeking to enable workers — whether in the factory or in the kitchen — to complete tasks with as little exhaustion as possible. This would make work less taxing, free up more time for leisure, and enable workers to approach recreation with more energy. Where Taylor wanted to boost profits, Gilbreth sought to reduce what she called ‘humanity’s greatest unnecessary waste,’ the expenditure of needless time and energy on a task that could be completed with less mental and physical strain.” (01/12/23)