Gainsharing: a technique to improve management-employee relations and mine productivity.
Cecala-AB; Liebowitz-JJ; Presutti-WD
Min Sci Technol 1989 Mar; 8(2):215-225
The intent of this article is to discuss a potentially cost-effective means of increasing mine production through improved management-employee relations. This article will specifically examine one particular technique - gainsharing. This involves two fundamental elements. The first is a working committee of personnel from the workforce and management whose primary purpose is to evaluate suggestions from employees on ways of improving the work or production process. An additional and equally important objective is to develop a trusting relationship between the employees and management through this two-way communication network. The second element of the gainsharing technique is a bonus plan in which employees are paid a bonus based on the amount of production increase over a base level for a prescribed time period. The key to a successful gainsharing plan, or to any other human factor management program or technique, is to establish a trusting and open relationship between employees and management. This technique must be "a way of life" for management and not just an attempt to increase productivity. The gainsharing plan is an excellent initial technique for developing this trusting relationship because it develops a communication network which shows employees that they have an input into the company's success, and that management is willing to listen and reward them as a group for their ideas and efforts.
Mining-industry; Miners; Mine-workers; Behavior; Management-personnel
OP; Journal Article
Mining Science & Technology