Employee Training and Motivation

Back in the early days of the Industrial Revolution an English factory owner compiled a list of "suggestions" for his employees. The language is blunt, but as you read each closely, you will find that his "Ten Commandments" are as applicable today as they were then. The ten are:

1. Donít lie. It wastes my time and yours. I am sure to catch you in the end, and that is the wrong end.

2. Watch your work, not the clock. A long dayís work makes a long day short; and a short dayís work makes my face long.

3. Give me more than I expect, and I will give you more than you expect. I can afford to increase your pay if you increase my profits.

4. You owe so much to yourself that you cannot afford to owe anyone else. Keep out of debt, or keep out of my factory.

5. Dishonesty is never an accident. Good men, like good women, never see temptation when they meet it.

6. Mind your business and in time youíll have a business of your own to mind.

7. Donít do anything here that hurts your self-respect. An employee who is willing to steal for me is willing to steal from me.

8. It is none of my business what you do at night. But if dissipation affects what you do the next day, and you do half as much as I demand, youíll last half as long as you hoped.

9. Donít tell me what Iíd like to hear, but what I ought to hear. I donít want a valet to my vanity, but one for my money.

10. Donít kick if I kick. If youíre worth correcting, youíre worth keeping. I donít waste time cutting specks out of rotten apples.

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