PIECE WORK RATES AND APPLICATIONS IN PLANT PROPAGATION, PRODUCTION, SHIPPING, AND CONSTRUCTION
William E. Colburn
We became interested in piece work applications several years ago when we realized our production rates were not as good as some other nurseries around the country. There were, in fact, tremendous differences in efficiencies from one nursery to another. Several nurseries were using piece work rates in preparing and sticking cuttings, filling pots and transplanting liners to larger containers. Our first attempt at piece work was in our propagation department and involved filling 2¼ inch pots and preparing and sticking cuttings. We met with a great deal of resistance from our employees, which could be expected with any change, especially one involving their income. It didn't take long before the better workers realized they could make 1½ times their normal pay if they worked efficiently.
We soon started applying piece work to many other nursery operations. There are advantages and disadvantages; however, the advantages are far greater. Probably the greatest advantage is that we have
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