Idaho Free Press from Nampa, Idaho on January 29, 1975 · Page 19
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Idaho Free Press from Nampa, Idaho · Page 19

Nampa, Idaho
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Wednesday, January 29, 1975
Page 19
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KA.ME1) PHOTOGRAPHER Ansel Adams irigtiU called on President Ford al the While House .Monday and ihc President and Mrs. Ford took him out into the Hose Garden. For management and /abor The Treslitenl lins selected one of Adams' photographs to hang over the iire|daee in his new inner sanctum -- a small mini off the l»\ul Office. (U'll'hoto) Council stimulates production '-.PITTSBl'RGH lUPI) - Pro- dQclivily is a major ingredient in business success, but often an eHusive one that challenges management. .Maynard Research Council Inc. here has developed procedures for both management and labor to stimulate productivity. Among those using the Council's training courses are 67 of Fortune Magazine's top 100 companies. ;-"\Ve have helped about 800 firms improve their productivity through training." Duane C. Geilgey. senior vice president of Maynard. said. ."We also have a good track record with unions. Our methods are accepted by them. \Ve have done arbitration studies and Drained' union workers in measurement specialties." Robert E. Cowie. managing director of training for Maynard. said: "We have trained 8.000 per- sons during (he past year. We have three training centers in Canada, seven in the I'niled States and two in Mexico." The courses employ varied, modern instructional techniques including audio presentations, lectures, films and programmed learning. Maynard has been successful in getting labor and management to work together in special productivity sessions. "Instead of being adversaries, they work toward a common goal -productivity." Geitgey said. "Productivity problems are not confined to management alone. Workers face the same problem --meeting competition. Our labor-management productivity sessions stress elimination of action that is not productive." Last June, a large midweslcrn m a n u f a c t u r e r c o n t a c t e d Maynard to assist in finding better ways of meeting competition. The company and Hie union formed a productivity committee, each represented by five members, which attended special sessions on productivity improvement and work measurement techniques for six weeks at Maynard's Pittsburgh headquarters. There were freewheeling discussions led by Cowie. "These discussions established a spirit of cooperation among committee members that helped eliminate the adversary attitudes often en- I'Oimlcred when management and union members meet," Geilgey said Tun wuuks of sessions were held in Indianapolis, ind . and then a pilot project was set up at the plant \vliich emplojs 3.200 workers. "This is further evidence company and unions are beginning lo work together toward belter productivity," (ieilgey said. "Our role is to gel both sides lo discuss productivity problems freely. Hoth sides accepted our methods, so it was nothing like a bargaining session. A real spirit of cooperation developed." "In many cases," he said, "companies and workers arc nol aware ot potential productivity improvements... Each side has it own views, but it is up lo Maynard. ns a catalyst, lo bring about a mutual understanding through our programs." Maynard also has worked with firms in Australia. England, Holland. South Africa anil Puerto liico. Recently it embarked on a new project relating lo development of health care supervisory training. Currently, it is preparing the program with a Pittsburgh hospital, and the work already has elicited inquiries from several other hospitals. 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