By the 18th century, the European
agricultural revolution had taken shape, facilitating the process of
industrialization in the content. The industrial revolution era began in
Britain before spreading to other countries in the continent and the whole
world. It was characterized by the existence of significant works and a
multitude of the workforce, which demanded effective coordination, harmony, and
good order. Duiker (2014, p. 9) indicates that this led to creating a set of
company rules and regulations distributed to all employees and companies to
enhance their success. The Factory Rules, Foundry and Engineering Works from
the Royal Overseas Trading Company, Berlin (1844) were a set of rules and
regulations aimed at boosting company success and achieving improved production.
The present analysis will explore the acceptability of the "Berlin Factory
Rules" in the current labor environment.
This paper uncovers several insights from the
Berlin Rules of 1844. The employees of the time were predominantly literate men
as the document was distributed, and all the employees had a copy. It utilized
a harsh and fixed 13-hour working timetable with a stipulated 2-hour break
(Spielvogel, 2014, p. 428). Besides, the "sick fund," where the fines
were deposited, can be equated to the current social security system. On the
contrary, the current labor market utilizes an 8-hour working timetable with
various regulations emphasizing and demanding the need for a mixed-gender
working environment. Furthermore, many organizations paid separately for tasks
outside the standard eight working hours.
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