Hi Friends,
                                              Even as I launch this today ( my 80th Birthday ), I realize that there is yet so much to say and do.
                                                  There is just no time to look back, no time to wonder,"Will anyone read these pages?"
                                       With regards,
                                       Hemen Parekh
                                       27 June 2013

Thursday, 15 January 1987


Synopsis: Communication For Productivity
Letters written to some 7500 Workers / Managers / Union Leaders, following a period of strike / Go slow / Murders (1979 - 1987), at Mumbai factory of Larsen & Toubro Ltd. This direct / open / honest communication led to a remarkable atmosphere of trust between Workers and Management, which, in turn, increased productivity at 3% per year (ave). 

15 Jan 1987



Sub:   "Foremen's Seminar" at Lonavala
As a  follow up of  the "Employee Seminar" which  we have  had on  December  20, 1986,  at  Lonavala,  in which  Union  Joint Secretaries  and  Shop  Representatives   as  well  as  senior Managers  had  participated,  we  had   planned  to  hold  two similar  seminars   for  the  participation   of  Foremen  and Production  Managers.  The  first of  these  was conducted  on January  3,  1987,  at  which   Foremen/Senior  Foremen/Deputy Superintendents   as  well  as   Asst.  Production   Managers/ Production  Managers of  Powai  and Madh  Works  participated. In all there were about '70 participants.

Apart  from  having   similar  objectives  of  the   "Employee Seminar,"   of  sharing   INFORMATION  about   the   Company's operations  and  accelerating  the  PARTICIPATIVE  PROCESS  by discussing  and debating  important operational  issues, this seminar also  stressed  the vital  role of  "EMPLOYER/EMPLOYEE COMMUNICATION".

Accordingly,   apart  from   devoting  time   to  sharing   of information about the Company,  the programme was designed  to throw  up  issues for  discussion.   Therefore,  we presented extracts of the video tape  which was filmed at the "Employee Seminar",  together with a  film on  Industrial Relations.   A copy of the actual programme is attached.

The  consensus  which   emerged  at  the  end  of   the  day's proceedings  was  in favour  of holding  similar  seminars  in future,  since  these   interactions provide   a  much  needed intra-Management  "bridge" in our  multi-layered  organisation structure.   A video recording of  this seminar too, has  been made and I will use  parts of it during my proposed visits  to Delhi, Kansbahal, Madras,  Bangalore and Awarpur, for  holding one-day   workshops    on   "Experiments   in    Participative Work-Culture".


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