Luddism is a workforce's resistance to productivity improvements it thinks will result in layoffs. The original Luddites, in fact, smashed textile machinery they believed were going to displace workers. Soldiering (marking time like soldiers marching in place without going anywhere) and "working to rule," or doing no more than what one is told, are legal and nonviolent forms of Luddism. The same applies to restrictive union work rules that forbid people to do jobs outside their specific job descriptions.
Frederick Winslow Taylor pointed out more than 100 years ago that Luddism is management's fault if the company does in fact lay people off, or cut piece rates to hold down wages, when the workers find ways to improve productivity. Henry Ford said essentially the same thing, and added that the workers and management should regard themselves as partners. When management shares the benefits of productivity with the workers, the workers are eager to drive productivity improvements that result in world class performance, as demonstrated by the original Ford Motor Company.
This webinar by expert speaker William A. Levinson will teach managers and executives how to "lose the Luddites" and gain workforce buy-in for lean manufacturing. You will understand the relationship between productivity and high wages and know how to "lose the Luddites" and gain workforce buy-in for lean manufacturing. Lean manufacturing is the ONLY way to achieve simultaneous high wages, high profits, and low prices. You need to return to business basics, so that everyone prospers.
Who Should Attend
Manufacturing managers, executives, and labor leaders who want simultaneous higher profits, higher wages, and lower prices for customers
William A. Levinson P.E.
William A. Levinson, P.E., is the principal of Levinson Productivity Systems, P.C. He is an ASQ Fellow, Certified Quality Engineer, Quality Auditor, Quality Manager, Reliability Engineer, and Six Sigma Black Belt. He is also the author of several books on quality, productivity, and management, of which the most recent ... More info