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Snakes & Guidelines [May. 25th, 2008|12:09 pm]
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Eleven actual tips for hiring women, in 1943
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 inclines 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. 

( Sorry I didn't post yesterday. I thought I'd post something doubly offensive today to make up for it. ;) )


And a baby with a cobra. WTH!!?! This may freak you out. The baby's fine, but.. scary.

[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-05-25 06:05 pm (UTC)
It's definitely offensive, but I think it's fascinating, in a histrical sense.

And yes cobras are very scary. I;m sure this one had the poison taken from it's fangs, but what the hell kind of parent videotapes their baby with a cobra in the first place?!
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[User Picture]From: wafflelips
2008-05-25 06:11 pm (UTC)
I dunno...is it the equivalent of a declawed cat then?
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-05-25 06:12 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: wafflelips
2008-05-25 06:12 pm (UTC)
Oh, and totally fascinating (the list, historically). Where did you get it from? I may use it in my gender roles class in the fall.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-05-25 06:15 pm (UTC)
One of my jounallers posted it and I picked it up from them. I'm sure if you google some of the phrases you'll find it online. :)
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[User Picture]From: watergal
2008-05-25 06:24 pm (UTC)
Frequently the cobras have their jaws sutured shut with only enough room left to extrude their tongue for show. Some of the better performers remove the sutures to feed the snakes periodically; others just use them until they starve.

It was one of Steve Irwin's exposés and anti-animal cruelty campaigns. But yes, peoples' safety before animals'--speaking of Steve. :(

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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2008-05-25 06:25 pm (UTC)
Oh that's so sad. I didn't know that. :(

And poor Steve. *hugs him*
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