PROGRESS IN INDUSTRIAL WELFARE
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THOSE of us who care to recall our early days in the " shops " will be able to appreciate the great progress which has been made in recent years on the welfare side of industrial establishments. To-day, most concerns of repute take a justifiable pride in the extent of their welfare schemes and one such is Simms Motor Units, Ltd., Oak Lane, East Finchley, London, N.2.
The very comprehensiveness of this concern's project is indica.tiVe of the extent to which the company has the well-being of its employees at heart. For instance, the services of a chiropodist are available during working hours, together with those of a hairdresser for male employees.
Lads who are considered suitable are able to take advantage of a five-year apprenticeship, the company defraying the expenses consequent upon the boys attending technical classes. The health and physical well-being of the employees are, naturally, the first consideration in an eflicient organization, and in this connection there is a modern and well-equipped surgery under the direction of a fully qualified sister, aided by two nurses.
In those instances where the directors are satisfied that a convalescent holiday is necessary to assist the employee in returning to complete health after illness, arrangements are made and the expenvs are borne by the company.
There are a pension and life assurance scheme, a benevolent fund, social club, sick club, and a mutual benefit fund to assist those who have suffered as the result of bombing incidents. Even income-tax problems have not been forgotten. • Limitation of space precludes us from going into details of the whole scheme, but the foregoing should serve to indicate that the welfare side of Simms Motor Units, Ltd., is a very real thing.