NBC Evening News for Sunday, Jul 16, 1972
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(Studio) Boredom of workers on assembly lines must be alleviated.
REPORTER: Garrick Utley
(Gothenburg, Sweden) Workers at Volvo factory struggle against condition common in automobile factories all over world. Officials here call it the Detroit blues, brought on by doing the same thing hour after hour, a boring job, leading to loss of identity and sense of insignificance. Volvo seeks to change situation. Team of 10 men rotate jobs each day. 1000 of Volvo's 7000 employees are in experiment; company gradually expands system. Workers like it. Experiment reduces turnovers. At Volvo truck factory, assembly done by teams who decide own rate of work, etc. Works exceptionally well.
REPORTER: Charles Quinn