Leadership

Low Wages Affect Department Efficiency, Says Water Chief Davis

Issue 16 and Volume 66.

Low Wages Affect Department Efficiency, Says Water Chief Davis In the yearly report for 1918, just received, the chief of the Water Bureau, of Philadelphia, Pa., Carleton E. Davis, calls attention to the difficulties under which the department labored in the loss of experienced employes due to the higher wages paid by outside industries. The total force is normally 1,700 men, and 545 of these left, in addition to the number called into the army and navy, and about 500 were secured to take their places. Thus, Chief Davis points out, nearly one-third of the entire force was in a state of transition during the year, and as “The newcomers were generally men who could not meet the severe conditions prevailing in outside employment at the higher wages, the bureau received no greater return in services than was indicated by the comparative scale of compensation. The experience of the war…

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