The Industrial Age Of Strict Management Practices Essay

913 Words Jul 16th, 2015 4 Pages
During the industrial age, strict management practices, rigid hierarchies and direct forms of control are necessary to increase productivity, because all employees need to do is to perform defined roles with specific duties, such as screwing nuts on an assembly line, the only duty of the factory worker Charlie Chaplin played in “Modern Times”. He was deemed valuable only for his usefulness as a means for the interests of the employer, subjected to such indignity as being forced-fed by a machine and an accelerating assembly line at an ever increasing rate. Eventually, the factory worker suffered nervous breakdown and was sent to the hospital. The employees were merely considered as a means, “an expendable commodity”, to the goal. An extreme example as it is, it pushes us to rethink of how should we manage and treat employees nowadays, in information age, during which innovation is vital to the success of business.
In the 21st century, the ever growing millennial workforce looks for learning, development, transparency and flexibility in the job, different from Baby Boomers and Generation X. Compared with the traditional management practices, the “first among equals” approach to leadership listens to opinions from all levels, recognizes the value of individuals, support the overall growth and development, and thus can help corporations achieve ultimate business success.
Mangers with the traditional management practices have strong desire to control their employees in order to…

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