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THE MILL WHISTLE
Monday, November 25, 1946
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CONFERENCE ON
HUMAN RELATIONS IN INDUSTRY
Huffhston M. McBain, above,
president of the Company, showed
his interest in the conference
when he flew from Detroit to at
tend the first sessions.
J. Frank Wilson, production
manager, made the welcoming ad
dress at the conference.
“Looking Ahead In
Our Industrial Relations”
As a pari of the Company’s “Looking
Ahead” program, 174 members of the
management group, including all mill
foremen, attended a conference at Natur
al Bridge, Va., September 13-15, on in
dustrial relations, or the human element
in the operation of business.
A condensed version of the talks is be
ing published in booklets to be distributed
to those who attended, to all supervisors
and to all employees who request them.
Highlights of the program are given
in the excerpts appearing on this and suc
Two extremely interesting and import
ant talks are omitted because they did
not tie in closely with the central theme
of the conference, “Looking Ahead in Our
Sales Program,” by Arthur S. Thompson,
assistant sales manager for domestics;
and “Looking Ahead in Our Research
and Quality Control," by P. E. Smith,
director of research and quality control.
“Why Are We Here?”
(Luther H. Hodges, Vice-President and
General Manager of Manufacturing Division)
“Why are we here? We are here because
Ave are Marshall Field and Company and Mar
shall Field and Company looks ahead.
“We are here to discuss this greatest of all
subjects in industry today—human relations—
and to be perfectly frank about it.
“We can do two things at this meeting. We
can point out by discussion what we are doing
or what we propose to do, and secondly, in the
light of this discussion, we can each ask him
self: ‘Am I doing the job right as it was given
to me?’ and ‘Is my Company doing it the best
way as I see it?’ If not, I should like to tell
them through the proper channels how I think
they could do it better.’
“There are five ‘M’s’ in industry: materials,
machinery, methods, merchandising, and men.
You don’t need to get very far around industry
these days to know that the last of the five is
the one that counts, becaflse if you stop to
think there never was a time when all the
other four were not dependent upon the fifth.
Luther H. Hodses, vice-president
and general manager of the Manu
facturing Division, whose address
at the opening session sounded the
keynote for the conference.
HOW TO GET A BOOKLET
To receive a booklet containing
a digest of the proceedings at the
conference on industrial relations,
tear out the coupon shown below
and hand it to your foreman. The
booklets will be ready for distribu
tion in about four weeks.
— COUPON —
TO THE MILL WHISTLE;
I would like to have a copy
of the Natural Bridge booklet.