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Industrial Psychology in Practice

Nature volume 131, pages 567568 (22 April 1933) | Download Citation



NUMEROUS examples drawn from many different industries, illustrating the practical results which have already attended the application of the methods and principles of industrial psychology to commercial and industrial problems, are recorded in this volume, which demonstrates convincingly the value of such applications alike from the point of view of the worker and of the employer. The fact that investigations of working conditions such as lighting, heating and ventilation, noise, or hours of work, fatigue and monotony and the most effective method of carrying out a specific operation or process have almost invariably increased the efficiency or output of the worker has frequently led to an even more important result being overlooked the improvement in the health of the worker, who is also less fatigued by the effort required for the greater output under the new conditions. Industrial psychology is clearly of the utmost importance from both points of view and this book tends to redress the balance of emphasis by stressing the importance of such methods to the worker in the prevention of accidents, in the planning of work and elimination of waste, the selection and training of personnel, etc.

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