Usually e-mail forwards are stupid. The one I received today was not. In fact, I must share it. It has shown me how to be a better employee, nay, a better female employee. Back in 1943, Transportation Magazine published 11 tips for (male) managers on how to handle the new, necessary influx of lady employees in the workplace. Here are some of the most vital tips:
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.
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…reveals whether the employee-to-be has any female weaknesses which would make her mentally or physically unfit for the job.
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.
So now I just have to get married, get husky, ask my doctor if I have any female weaknesses, and start bringing a comb and lipstick to work. Problems solved.