Job Standards…1943

The July 1943 issue of Transportation Magazine offered these Tips on Getting More Efficiency Out of Women Employees:

       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.
       Pick young married women. They usually have more of a sense of responsibility than their unmarried sisters, they’re less likely to be flirtatious.
       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.
       Be tactful when issuing instructions or in making criticisms. Women are often sensitive.
        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.
       Give every girl an adequate number of rest periods during the day. You have to make some allowances for feminine psychology.

       I’m sure that if a woman had written similar standards for dealing with men, she would have had some equally interesting points to make. Unions played a major role in trying to eliminate this kind of prejudice from the workplace.