Solved: Factory Rules, Foundry and Engineering Works

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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