1943 Guide to Hiring Women

  1. 1943 Guide for Hiring Women

    The following is an excerpt from the July 1943 issue of Transportation
    Magazine. It was a guide for hiring women. This was serious and written
    for male supervisors of women in the workforce during World War II - a
    mere 58 years ago! Obviously, the intent was not to be "funny" but, by today's
    standards, this is pretty hilarious! For those of you with efficiency issues, pay attention to #8.


    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 sometime 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 justa
    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 also 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.
    •  
  2. 18 Comments

  3. by   Mimi Wheeze
    #3 is hilarious!

    I'm "husky" but I sure ain't even tempered. Maybe if I had more time to apply lipstick and wash my hands I would be. :chuckle
  4. by   Rustyhammer
    I like the idea of giving day-long duties to keep them from bothering. And I think I've seen those female problems that make women mentally unfit.
    -Russell
  5. by   fab4fan
    Rusty's been getting in touch with his "inner caveman" again.
  6. by   Rustyhammer
    Somebody told me the other day that I was "in touch with my feminine side".
    I told them if I had a feminine side I'd probably be touching it all the time.
    -Russell
  7. by   baseline
    LOL RUSTY!!!! You are too funny!!!!
  8. by   fab4fan
    Originally posted by Rustyhammer
    Somebody told me the other day that I was "in touch with my feminine side".
    I told them if I had a feminine side I'd probably be touching it all the time.
    -Russell
  9. by   NurseDennie
    I interviewed for a part-time job at Sears in the early 1970's. It was a nice interview, UNTIL the manager said that he thought he'd offer me the job and he liked to hire women for these sales floor jobs. For one thing, he said he could pay women less, and for another thing, he could expect them to sweep up around the displays and stuff, and men couldn't be expected to do that.

    Can you believe he said that out loud? Even in the 70's?

    Love

    Dennie
  10. by   Nurse Ratched
    It's stuff like this that reminds me to renew my NOW membership lol.
  11. by   deespoohbear
    #10 is funny!!

    One of my co-workers one time had a male patient who patted her butt. My co-worker promptly turned around and told the man in no uncertain terms that would be the end of that....

    The pt commented to me later in the day that he didn't know nurses could TALK like that!!! :roll
  12. by   Nurse Izzy
    3. General experience indicates that "husky" girls - those who are justa
    little on the heavy side - are more even-tempered and efficient than
    their underweight sisters.

    Wow - so I'm even-tempered and efficient? Can someone tell my husband that?? (especially the even-tempered part! HaHa!)
  13. by   MelRN13
    all I have to say to #10 is..........*****???????

    I think I better go wash my hands and apply fresh lipstick now.
  14. by   spineCNOR
    Thanks for sharing-- this is too funny.

    If I could only get the surgeons at work to buy into #8....

    According to this I should be even-tempered, but sadly, such is not the case. I would post more, but it's time for me to tidy my hair and freshen up my lipstick!

close