How to hire a woman

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03/06/2003 at 10:36

1943 Job Standards and Rules for Hiring Women.

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

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.
03/06/2003 at 10:48
Points 8 & 9 - *guffaw*

I am definitely more efficient at work when my hair is up and I have a bit of lippie on. Hee heeee!
03/06/2003 at 10:53
I may lack initiative in finding work for myself but thats no problem I can always chat on here instead!
03/06/2003 at 10:55
5. This office loses a lot more than a minute or two of my time during the day!!

Think I might stick this on the noticeboard. Trouble is, my office contains me and 2 men, they MAY take it seriously.
03/06/2003 at 10:55
come on then Nic - tell us what you do look for when you hire a man.

03/06/2003 at 10:56

Sorry? I thought it WAS serious - I posted it as genuine advice.....

03/06/2003 at 11:01
Snoop, sorry, not now, I have to go and wash my hands (again).
03/06/2003 at 11:06
And my hair needs regrooming ......
03/06/2003 at 11:18
(looking for lippy)
03/06/2003 at 11:19
when did husky change from meaning plump to sexy voiced?
03/06/2003 at 11:20
[worries that she might have duties she ought to be attending to and leaves in confusion.....]
03/06/2003 at 11:25
don't bother your supervisors now badge.

I'd never get a job, unmarried, underweight, lord knows what womens problems I may be blissfully unaware of.
03/06/2003 at 12:09
Perhaps worthy of a short instructional video a la "Fast Show" - Women! Know Your Place...
03/06/2003 at 12:12
On a similar note, ladies have you ever had the hilarious pleasure of reading "The Rules"? A friend got a very condensed version of them for her birthday on Friday and I was horrified (momentarily) to realise that I regularly break about 90% of them within a day of meeting a man. Looks like I'll never be getting married then! Shame.
03/06/2003 at 12:15
Dr Nic - I break about 90% accidentally and the other 10% very deliberately!
03/06/2003 at 12:15
what rules?
03/06/2003 at 12:22
Quite..... please circulate these rules so me and Moosey can be married one day!
03/06/2003 at 12:28
Come over to my surgery - I have posted one for you. Alternatively I found the "top 10" (what criteria they are using heaven knows) online at

03/06/2003 at 12:29
heeheeheehee badge

err maybe i should try to remember how to hyperlink, but anyway go to amazon and look up 'the rules' under books!!!

03/06/2003 at 12:32
x thanks laydeeez
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