Peeved Personnel


July 1, 1946

In the a ermath of an earlier global calamity and the tenuous economic recovery that followed, tensions were running high in the workplace of the mid-’40s.

There was no postwar “Great Resignatio­n,” but in another obvious sign of workplace discontent, there

was a dramatic surge in the number of skilled workers joining unions. One such organizati­on, the O ce Employees Internatio­nal Union, increased its membership rolls to 90,000, a ninefold rise in three

years. Yet many corporatio­ns remained “blithely unaware that white collar morale isn’t all that it has

been in the past.” For bosses at those rms, human resources expert Lawrence Stessin, a vice president at the Labor Relations Institute, prescribed a 15-part remedy. It included greater “planning-ahead knowhow,” “ability to command respect and obedience” and “knowledge of psychology and basic worker motives.”

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