“Here are eleven tips on getting more efficiency out of woman employees. There’s no longer any question whether companies should employ women for jobs formerly held by men. The important things now are to select the most efficient women available and how to use them to the best advantage.
Here are eleven helpful tips on the subject.
(1) Pick young married women. They usually have more of a sense of responsibility than their unmarried sisters, they’re less likely to be flirtatious, they need to work or they wouldn’t be doing it, they still have the pep and interest to work hard and to deal with the public efficiently.
(2) When you have to use older women , try to get ones who have worked outside the home for some time in their lives. Older women who have never contacted with the public have a hard time adapting themselves and are inclined to be cantankerous and fussy. It’s always well to impress upon older women the importance of friendliness and courtesy.
(3) General experience indicates that “husky” girls- those who are a little on the heavy side- are more efficient and even tempered than their underweight sisters.
(4) Retain a physician to give each woman you hire a physical examination- one covering female conditions. This step not only protects the property against the possibilities of a lawsuit, but reveals whether the employee-to-be has any female weaknesses which would make her mentally or physically unfit for the job.
(5) Stress at the outset the importance of time the fact that a minute or two lost here and there makes serious inroads on schedules. Until this point is gotten across, service is likely to be slowed up.
(6) Give the female employee a definite day-long schedule of duties so that they keep busy without bothering the management every for instructions every few minutes. Numerous properties say that women make excellent workers when they have their jobs cut out for them, but that they lack the initiative in finding work themselves.
(7) Whenever possible, allow the inside employee change from one job to another at some time during the day. Women are inclined to be less nervous and happier with change.
(8) Give every girl and adequate number of rest periods during the day. You have to make allowances for feminine physiology. A girl has more confidence and is more efficient if she can keep her hair tidied, apply fresh lipstick and wash her hands several times a day.
(9) Be tactful when issuing instructions or in making criticisms. Women are often sensitive; they can’t shrug off harsh words the way men do. Never ridicule a woman- it breaks her spirit and cuts off her efficiency.
(10) Be reasonably considerate about using strong language around women. Even though a girl’s husband or father may swear vociferously, she’ll grow to dislike a place of business where she hears too much of this.
(11) Get enough size variety in operators’ uniforms so that each girl can have a proper fit. This point can’t be stressed too much in keeping women happy.”
Now before those of you who take offence at this rush away to protest in one form or another I hasten to point out that this was published in “Transportation Magazine” in 1943 as a guideline for male supervisors of women in the workforce (and is circulating as an email attachment). The situation was that many jobs in industry in the US (and I guess it is safe to assume similarly around the world at the time,) traditionally done by men had to be carried out by women because WWii had decimated the domestic workforce. It would be fair to say that whoever wrote these ‘guidelines’ probably did so with the best possible intention, but isn’t it a bit awful to see what a “new age guy” of the time thought of the women around him? Thank goodness gender roles have become aligned and women are no longer viewed as ‘the little woman’; fragile, weak and unsuited for anything but domesticity!!
I wonder how many more decades it will be before women in Asian, Middle Eastern and African countries have similar equality and lifestyle choice?
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