Monday, January 4, 2010

I like that they defined "Husky"

The following is an excerpt from the July 1943 issue of Transportation Magazine.
This was written for male supervisors of women in the work force during World War II.

Eleven Tips on Getting More Efficiency
Out of Women Employees: There’s no
longer any question whether transit
companies should hire women for jobs
formerly held by men. The draft and
manpower shortage has settled that
point. The important things now are to
select the most efficient women available
and how to use them to the best
Here are eleven helpful tips on the subject
from Western Properties:

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 the 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 at some time in
their lives. Older women who have
never contacted 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 just a
little on the heavy side—are more
even tempered and efficient than
their underweight sisters.

4. Retain a physician to give each
woman you hire a special physical
examination—one covering female
conditions. This step not only protects
the property against the possibilities
of 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’ll keep busy without bothering
the management 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 initiative in finding work themselves.

7. Whenever possible, let 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 an adequate number of rest periods
during the day. You have to make some
allowances for feminine psychology. 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 efficacy.

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 operator’s uniforms
so that each girl can have a proper fit. This
point can’t be stressed too much in keeping
women happy.


AthenaBee said...

You better watch yourself. If you lose too much weight you won't be able to find jobs.

Written Permission said...

This is, without a doubt, the best thing I've read all year. (OK, in all of 2009 and 2010, since the latter is only five days old.)

I LOVE crap like this! I need to show this to my boss. Maybe I would like work more if I got more opportunities to refresh my lipstick and people would stop swearing at me and take my delicate feminine psychology into account. I mean, really. I'm not a DUDE.