One of the icons of the Industrial Age is the time clock (aka punch clock – maybe because you’re very tempted to punch it).
In an industrial age business, the human resources are plugged into jobs that are in most cases boring, anti-creative, non-stimulating. To keep people at such drudgery, two tools are employed: hourly wages and the time clock.
The hourly wage incentivises one thing and one thing only: putting in the required number of hours of “doing the work.” The time clock is the enforcement mechanism necessary to accomplish that goal.
Industrialism is dependent on replaceable, interchangeable parts, both product parts and human resources. Think about that last term: human resources. Resources are mined out of the ground or taken off a shelf. If one fails or disappears, there are plenty more to take its place
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