The Hawthorne Effect & Wearable Technology

Bosses have always wanted to know how to get the most out of their workers. Back in 1924, the big cheeses at the Western Electric Company wanted to find out how the level of lighting, among other things, affected productivity at their Hawthorne Works factory near Chicago. So they gradually reduced the illumination in one part of the factory. Rather to their surprise, productivity rose as lighting levels… Read More


The Hawthorne Effect in a New Light!

The iconic Hawthorne experiments at a Western Electric factory used changes in working conditions such as subtle adjustments to lighting and noise levels to improve the working environment. They were founded on the insights of psychology and affected a sea change in workplace relations. This new “human relations” approach broke the influence of scientific management… Read More