As long as a manager kept fulfilling (and overfulfilling
) his norms, however, he could act more or less like the lord of a fiefdom.
The syndicates demanded that workers get bonuses of BGN 1000 due to the overfulfilling
of the annual plan by almost 6 tons of coal, which would cost the company some BGN 8 a 10 M.
Plan errors and shortages were further irritated by incentives that pressured firm managers to alter the assortment of goods produced, overfulfilling
output plans for some goods at the expense of others (Berliner, 1957).
The themes of delight at involvement in so significant a project, and dedicated hard work to deliver the order are common to most of these articles, and to many more like them, but in the discussion of Mikhailich, a theme new to the reporting of gemworking but familiar from reports of other branches of production emerges--Mikhailich is praised for "standing out from the rest" and for "overfulfilling
the production norm."
Candidates for the weak teams were to be selected from the "emaciated and sick" just coming off transports; from those unable to fulfill the norm in general labor without a "discount" [protsentniki); from those recently discharged from hospital; and last, from those in good condition who were fulfilling or even overfulfilling
the work norm, where doctors prescribed rest for strictly medical reasons.