Title Details

Suggest a Better Way

Shows how a staff suggestion scheme can be run effectively in industry.
Year : 1970 | Total Duration : 25 Minutes | Producer : Gil Brealey
Director : Oliver Howes |
WS of factory with zoom in and GS of workers arriving to work. CU vox pop with various workers where they are responding to being asked about a suggestion scheme. Some relay their previous experiences of having a suggestion box in the workplace. Note hairstyles and glasses. Comic sequence of boss showing observers around the floor of an explosives factory with various near-mishaps and overworked employees.
Access No. 138701 | 3 mins 23 secs | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Dream sequence with overworked employee putting oberbearing boss onto forklift with other boxes. Employee in comic sequence waking up freshly inspired to write a suggestion to improve layout of factory and posting it inot suggestion box. Fast motion of employer increasing speed dial and forcing employees to work faster. Employer collapses onto suggestion box which breaks open spilling huge lot of suggestions then rips up one which the employee hands to him.
Access No. 138702 | 1 min 37 secs | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Comic sequence with fast motion footage of boxes of explosives in explosives factory hurtling along conveyor belt then collasing at end around cigar smoking boss. CU to cigar landing on explosives box causing explosion. WS of evicted employee outside factory watching explosion and workers running out. Cigar lands at his feet, he picks it up and struts off smoking it looking pleased.
Access No. 138703 | 35 secs | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Zooms of factories and WS of employees entering gates. MS A.E. Cruikshank, Secretary of Halstead Press Pty. Ltd sitting behind desk talking to camera about offering substantial amounts of money to employees for suggestions. CU Union representative R.W. Brown of the Australian Paper Manufacturers Ltd. talking about the success of suggestion schemes in his experience.
Access No. 138704 | 59 secs | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
WS of John Moss from Halstead Press setting up models for camera outside his home and demonstrating his ideas to camera with his home made models. VS of Suggestions Committe meeting at Halstead Press Pty Ltd. deciding to go ahead with Moss's suggestion. Problems with the collater model and solutions are offered and discussed. VS of the finished collater in action with VS of the processes involved, the workers in action and a further improvement invented by Moss.
Access No. 138705 | 2 mins 29 secs | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
MS woman looking at display in shop. MS F.A. Robertson, Personnel Manager for Angus and Coote Ltd. sitting behind his desk talking to camera about his company's less formal suggestion scheme. Re-enactment of a female shop assistant coming to his office with a new suggestion for tying boxes. GS of shop assistant demonstrating her new method to Robertson.
Access No. 138706 | 1 min 21 secs | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
VS man sitting at table dictating a response to a staff member's suggestion to his secretary. Zoom across factory floor to employee packing boxes being approached by management to attend a meeting. VS inside office where P.J. Goodman, Marketing Director of Hoover (Australia) Pty Ltd. addresses two workers regarding their suggestions and presenting them with cheques. Goodman makes a point of the cost savings to the company.
Access No. 138707 | 1 min 33 secs | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
VS of Board of Directors of Streets Ice Cream company meeting with suggestion makers within their staff. GS tea lady serving tea. MS W.D Phillips, Chairman of Directors, Streets Ice Cream Pty. Ltd. addressing the table and handing over a cheque to the winner of the best suggestion. GS woman putting sign up on wall promoting suggestion submissions. MS J.S Mappin, Works Manager, Australian Abrasives Pty. Ltd. talking about employee participation.
Access No. 138708 | 1 min 27 secs | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
MS A.K. Budge, Personnel Officer, Hoover (Australia) Pty. Ltd. receptionist at her desk and using her microphone to make an announcement to the factory floor about submitting suggestions. VS of workers operating machines. VS inside AMP Society with CU to woman changing departmental rankings and speech in front of the various departments by H.M. Collie, Manager of NSW Australian Mutual Provident Society before handing trophy to the Stationary Department.
Access No. 138709 | 1 min | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
CUs of the production of Streets ice cream bars in it's various stages with modifications to the process also demonstrated. Various clerical suggestions implemented by AMP Society are demonstrated and explained in their office settings. VS workers at their desks receiving interdepartmental mail, typing, franking envelopes, weighing mail and writing on envelopes.
Access No. 138710 | 2 mins 33 secs | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
VS of testing workshop at Hoover (Australia) Pty. Ltd. VS man showing plastic pulley from washing machine which replaced metal one. VS factory working demonstrating the use a safety air nozzle to blow away filings and interview with W.C. Neville, Safety Officer of Hoover about the value of safety suggestions to the company. VS men in corridor demonstrating the suggested use of safety stops on windows to stop them opening to head height.
Access No. 138711 | 1 min 21 secs | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
VS problems with paper jams at a paper factory with worker demonstrating the suggested use of a short sharp piece of timber to cut the paper and clear the jam on the large rollers. CU interview with H.R. Mason, Techinical Assistant to Production Manager, Australian Paper Manufacturers Ltd talking about the importance of often simple suggestions. VS other men talking about the gap filled by suggestions. VS woman handing out printed leaflets promoting suggestions to female factory workers.
Access No. 138712 | 1 min 14 secs | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
VS of Bill Jollup working drill at Streets Ice Creams and being handed suggestion scheme notice from female worker. Voice-over of Jollup explaining how he has worked his way up through the company ranks with his suggestions. VS of men in company canteen with VS of early cash register. VS Jallup fishing in small boat with his small daughter.
Access No. 138713 | 50 secs | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Voice-over of Bill Jollup from Streets Ice Creams talking about his suggested changes to cone packaging with VS of two women working with cones and VS of cone production. VS women packing. MS Jallup talking about the reward he received for his suggested modifications to the cone manufacturing process and VS of him working at draft board after getting the opportunity to retrain as a draftsman.
Access No. 138714 | 1 min 20 secs | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Montage of scenes previously seen in film illustrating the processes of suggestion schemes. GS production of paddle pop ice creams and brief shots of factory workers.
Access No. 138715 | 1 min 28 secs | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |