Jobs Often Lost Because a Man Neglects Shaving

‘”Spruce up or get out!” How may top executives have said words to this effect?….One prominent employment manager after another has said words to this effect.”

Spruce up indeed. We often don’t appreciate the extent of evolution in world of management and HR thinking over time until we look at the past priorities and practices.

Of course this is just an ad for razor blades and was no doubt taken with a grain of salt even in 1934, but it still does give some sense of the flavour of human resource management of the time. And for some context consider that the 1930’s saw the birth of the formal annual performance appraisal with the Harvard Business School studies in which Professor Elton Mayo concluded that “happiness and productivity were directly related to the social structure of the workplace.”

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