CHAPTER XII THE MODERN TEMPO
The new science of management increases productivity and reduces jobs. Millions of jobs, however, remain. In 1920, there were 11,200,000 factory workers, in 1927, 10,600,000; the decline is steady but slow. Are those who remain in the shop working harder; are they under more physical and nervous strain than a decade ago; is management achieving greater productivity at a greater human cost? In brief, are we growing at once materially richer and nervously poorer?There is no comprehensive answer to this question. The basic studies have never been made. Many believe that speed and strain in industry are constantly increasing. Others hold that they grow less severe. Both sides, of course, are right for uncounted individual cases. Taking the situation as a whole the demonstrable facts seem to be these:
1. Hours of labor are declining.
2. The total number of Americans subjected to factory discipline is declining by virtue of fewer factory jobs.
3. The life-span of the whole population is growing longer.

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