Synopsis: Communication For Productivity
Letters written to some 7500 Workers / Managers / Union Leaders, following a period of strike / Go slow / Murders (1979 - 1987), at Mumbai factory of Larsen & Toubro Ltd. This direct / open / honest communication led to a remarkable atmosphere of trust between Workers and Management, which, in turn, increased productivity at 3% per year (ave).
30 sep 1984
Someone may say "both have names starting with K".
But that is not all. '
There is a lot more common between Mr. M.V. Kamath (Ex-editor of Illustrated Weekly) who once addressed Powai Pageant correspondents and Mr. Chandrakant Kirloskar - an eminent industrialist from Maharashtra.
For one thing :
Both of them firmly believe that for industries to survive and grow, co-operation between the employees and the management is inevitable.
For second thing :
Both of them believe, with identical passion, that we, in India, can learn a lot from Japan in this matter.
For third thing :
Both of them believe, with equal concern, that time is running out on us. If we do not act fast to patch up our differences, pretty soon there will be no industry left in India, to provide jobs either to the managers or to the workers.'
In the following article, I present to you the thoughts of Mr. Kamath. In subsequent articles, I will be presenting to you the thoughts of Mr. Kirloskar.
It is quite possible that many of you will agree with their thoughts.
But would it suffice, just to agree?
Or, shall we translate some of these thoughts into ACTION?
And if yes. How?