The eternal debate: What comes first, labor management or methods & systems improvements? Dynamic organizations continually improve methods & systems. Since a Labor Management Program is still the quickest and cheapest way to lower costs and improve service, the trick is to implement a flexible program that easily adjusts to the changes while maintaining labor control. The payback is just too good to postpone. PEP projects normally have a payback of between 10 and 14 months. What are your thoughts?