Skip to comments.1943 Guide to Hiring Women
Posted on 11/02/2011 6:36:35 PM PDT by Keltik
The following is an excerpt from the July 1943 issue of Mass 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 advantage.
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 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 operator's uniforms so that each girl can have a proper fit. This point can't be stressed too much in keeping women happy.
That actually all looks pretty sensible to me.
This is not always true.
Looks sensible to me. Sadly, it would apply to many ‘men’ of today....
Ah....the good old days.
Don't know about anyone else, but this sounds like Marxist family-destroying tactics to me.
Pick young married women
Same goes for Rosie O’Donnell.
I worked for Westinghouse back in the day, in the “mother plant” that George himself built in East Pittsburgh. There was a group of women there that were known as the Westinghouse Old Maids because the company had a policy in the 50’s that a woman would be fired if she got married, so these women chose their jobs over marriage and stayed single.
How the heck did you come to that conclusion?
Their targeting of young married women, who would most likely be starting families. Given the year (1943), they would be out working while their husbands would be off in the war, too; easier to influence them with a leftist agenda while on the job, via whatever union(s) would have been in the workplace.
How the heck did you come to that conclusion?
Standard Oil of Indiana (predecessor to BP) had a similar policy. Female ancestors were ‘let go’ when they got married.
Seems not much has changed other than the physicals for “female problems”.
We always hear “the rules” from the female side. Now here are the rules from the male side. These are our rules! Please note... these are all numbered “1” ON PURPOSE!
1. Learn to work the toilet seat. You’re a big girl. If it’s up, put it down. We need it up, you need it down. You don’t hear us bitching about you leaving it down.
1. Birthdays, Valentines, and Anniversaries are not quests to see if we can find the perfect present yet again!
1. Sometimes we are not thinking about you. Live with it.
1. Sunday = sports. It’s like the full moon or the changing of the tides. Let it be.
1. Don’t cut your hair. Ever. Long hair is always more attractive than short hair. One of the big reasons guys fear getting married is that married women always cut their hair, and by then you’re stuck with her.
1. Shopping is NOT a sport. And no, we are never going to think of it that way.
1. Crying is blackmail.
1. Ask for what you want. Let us be clear on this one: Subtle hints do not work! Strong hints do not work! Obvious hints do not work! Just say it!
1. We don’t remember dates. Mark birthdays and anniversaries on a calendar. Remind us frequently beforehand.
1. Most guys own three pairs of shoes - tops. What makes you think we’d be any good at choosing which pair, out of thirty, would look good with your dress?
1. Yes and No are perfectly acceptable answers to almost every question.
1. Come to us with a problem only if you want help solving it. That’s what we do. Sympathy is what your girlfriends are for.
1. A headache that last for 17 months is a problem. See a doctor.
1. Check your oil! Please.
1. Anything we said 6 months ago is inadmissible in an argument. In fact, all comments become null and void after 7 days.
1. If you won’t dress like the Victoria’s Secret girls, don’t expect us to act like soap opera guys.
1. If you think you’re fat, you probably are. Don’t ask us. We refuse to answer.
1. If something we said can be interpreted two ways, and one of the ways makes you sad or angry, we meant the other one.
1. Let us ogle. We are going to look anyway; it’s genetic.
1. You can either ask us to do something or tell us how you want it done. Not both. If you already know best how to do it, just do it yourself.
1. Whenever possible, please say whatever you have to say during commercials.
1. Christopher Columbus did not need directions, and neither do we.
1. The relationship is never going to be like it was the first two months we were going out. Get over it. And quit whining to your girlfriends.
1. ALL men see in only 16 colors, like Windows default settings. Peach, for example, is a fruit, not a color. Pumpkin is also a fruit. We have no idea what mauve is.
1. If it itches, it will be scratched. We do that.
1. We are not mind readers and we never will be. Our lack of mind-reading ability is not proof of how little we care about you.
1. If we ask what is wrong and you say “nothing,” we will act like nothing’s wrong. We know you are lying, but it is just not worth the hassle.
1. If you ask a question you don’t want an answer to, expect an answer you don’t want to hear.
1. When we have to go somewhere, absolutely anything you wear is fine. Really.
1. Don’t ask us what we’re thinking about unless you are prepared to discuss such topics as navel lint, the shotgun formation, or monster trucks.
1. You have enough clothes.
1. You have too many shoes.
1. Foreign films are best left to foreigners. (Unless it’s Bruce Lee or some war flick where it doesn’t really matter what the hell they’re saying anyway.)
1. It is neither in your best interest or ours to take the quiz together. No, it doesn’t matter which quiz.
1. BEER is as exciting for us as handbags are for you.
1. Thank you for reading this; Yes, I know, I have to sleep on the couch tonight, but did you know we really don’t mind that, it’s like camping.
1. I’m in shape. ROUND is a shape.
Having been the General Manager over a few businesses, I can tell you, Marxist it may be, but single women are far inferior to married women. I worked with about 20 employees at a time in one venue, and the problems with the single women were to no end. “He looked at me cross-eyed,” “She talks behind my back,” “He stood to close to me,” “I feel creeped out by ____,” “I’m scared to walk to the garbage (We live in the area with the least crime in the entire country, or it was at the time).” And on and on. Yet, with every married women, they were some of the best workers (usually because they also had previously, or were currently, taking care of a family at home).
While I don’t advocate for women leaving their families and worked (statistically, on average it doesn’t actually bring in much extra money, anyway, IIRC $1000 a year on average), if they are going to work, they generally do a better job than single women, who laregly have had little responsibility in their lives by comparison.
6) is now true of all employees. :)
I assumed that, back in the 1940s, unions were actually helpful/beneficial.
See my post at #16. Also, while I don’t disagree with the point that it could be from the marxist angle, I certainly wouldn’t assume that first.
Maybe it is, and maybe it ain't. If I want to back anything up, I NEVER refer to Snopes.
You can see scans of the article pages at the Snopes site. The poster just above you already posted the cover of that issue.
If they are starting families while their husbands are off to war, Marxism isn’t the biggest problem there.
I flunked the “don’t cut your hair” one, but the rest... I’m really a very reasonable woman.
Thanks for the ping. It was worth it.
Pinging some more ladies......
I like the part about do not belittle women employees or you will break their spirit.
Whoops, I have to fix that, in context. I am eating an think faster than I type. I meant to say that (at least in my experience, and other business owners in the company/franchise, also) the single women are inferior workers to their married counterparts, not inferior as people. I listed some of the reasons above.
Can I post this in my office without getting sued?
Probably not.... and I’m a lawyer!
I’m not disputing that. I just have a thing about giving Snopes credit for anything.
And the info from the post is certainly entertaining.
Single young woman are all wrapped up in themselves and being liked..or loved...I work with them every day also...as well as more mature woman...the difference is striking. Most have not learned to control their emotions and are overly sensitive. One call, 21 years...going on 15...cries at the drop of a hat.
That man never met my wife. Or my daughter for that matter. I never worry about anyone running roughshod over either of them.
Agreed. But, then, that was a more rational time.
I thought Standard Oil became Esso (S.O.) and then eventually Exxon after the breakup.
Only three bad ones on your list.
1) The potty lid— running to tinkle in the middle of the night and not stopping to turning on the light, then quickly plopping down, down, down, into the water and possible sprinkles on the rim...come on! Ugh!
1) Crying? UH! Movies, critters on Animal Planet being put to sleep, kids doing sweet stuff, the mister doing something thoughtful. Pshaw...I even cried once when my driver (Nascar) wrecked the misters driver—I didn’t want anybody to be mad at my driver. It isn’t ALL blackmail!
1) Shoes—one can never have enough pairs of boots...nope, no-way, no-how!
You are right...shopping does suck.
IIRC Standard Oil of New Jersey became esso and then XOM. Standard Oil of Indiana became Amoco and then BP. ( I’m sure there is more info online though its too late at night for me to look it up:))
I didn't say "while", but that was the case too. And Marxism did have a hand in that, even though that was one of the things that Marx had the nerve to criticize the "bourgeoisie" for engaging in (he wanted to legitimize it).
If they are starting families while their husbands are off to war, Marxism isnt the biggest problem there
Agreed. It’s just a natural process of life. I personally think that being married also gives you a spiritual sense of well being (call it psychological if you will). At one time we have a very beautiful married woman working with us. Not once did she ever flirt, or feel uncomfortable around the males, because she was just working to help pay bills while her husband was in college. She was always eager to get back home to him, which I appreciated. When the pressure was tough, she didn’t buckle, either. All around she was very admirable. While I have seen that in a few single (college/away from home) girls/women in their mid 20’s, I have yet to professionally see it in someone under the age of 23 or so.
And that’s not to even mention the gabbing, lol.
#5 is very relevant, even today, with the majority of women I have known.
“This is not always true.”
Hey now, it says “husky” and “a little on the heavy side.” I wouldn’t use either of those to describe her, she’s superlative!
I saw a special on that once about that on TLC or Discovery or something. They had only proven it in birds, but were studying the chemicals that make up our internal body clocks. In the birds (and theorized in people), the females were better at telling what time something was, or rather, better at doing something at a set time, say 6 o’clock, while the males judges how much time had passed say “6 hours.” I have found this to be true, anecdotally, but I think it’s worth researching. Of course, there are always exceptions, but I have found that males are better at things for a duration of time (which includes being to work on time, because they recognize the duration of time it takes to get there), but can often get caught up in doing something, and miss something scheduled at a specific time, while I have found women to be able to have reminders, etc. while sometimes having no clue how long something will take.
I have often heard that men compartmentalize things more, while women have everything on their plates at once, and I wonder/suppose it’s just part of the biological differences that God gave us, to make men and women work in marriage as a team.
Then there was the 20 year old, who was always wanting to hit on me . . . but that's another story.
Sound reasonable. I just know that if a woman is supposed to be somewhere at a certain time, or be ready to go at a certain time, .....they aren’t.
Amen. I’m confident they know what time it is and that they’re late, too, AND that it gets on men’s nerves. :-)
(the birds didn’t have to to anything but come back to the nest and watch the eggs, not dolly themselves up)
It’s not just funny.
It’s really true. : )
I believe it was the airlines who were most famous for this policy.
Thanks for the ping!
Yes....it’s pretty much understood “girls will be girls” in our workplace, but the management team knows fully well who they can rely on and who they can’t. It’s rare to rely on most of the young girls who want their managers to be more like mothers than managers. It’s an adjustment to the real world.
But this also makes it difficult for managers at times who cross the line and attempt tp treat mature woman as they might teenagers....it’s a line they must walk and most don’t understand or do that very well. If there are too many young immmature girls on board then managers tend to be in the “parental” mode 2/7...in addition mature woman find they have to draw a line when that gets out of hand...and it can and does.
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