Tip of the Week

Roll with the punches! Life is gonna smack you right in the face when you don't expect it. If you're head's on straight, you're certainly gonna handle it just fine. Roll with it. Complain a little bit, and let it go.

Friday, August 14, 2009

The Friday Find

Two nights ago, as I was blogging/painting/eating dinner/unwinding, I flipped on my television, and saw this face. That's right, everyone, it's the face of Rachel McAdams in The Notebook. So is this a post about my love for Nicholas Sparks and the 2004 film based off of his novel? It absolutely is not. I stand by the belief that I can only watch "The Notebook" once a year, before I vomit. Most times, it is only half of the film. Luckily for me, the film had already progressed substantially; I tuned in at the point where Rachel McAdams' character, Allie, has grown up and is the beautiful woman we have still-photos of here. THAT is what I found inspiring (get it--the Friday Find.....buh dum che!)

With that being said, my love for all things 1940s (and for that matter 20s, 30s, 50s, and early 60s) was once again rejuvenated, and I happily fell back in love with the silhouettes that play throughout these time periods. The romanticism and femininity of it all is very appealing. Furthermore, the ideas associated with women and femininity during this time period are quite hilarious.

Regardless, I find the style inspiring. I want to be that will-of-a-wisp sassy, romantic, maybe demure-(but not quite), 1940s girl! I get close to it with this photo.

As a great reminder of just quite how far society has progressed, here is an excerpt from the 1943 July Transportation Magazine:

1943 Guide to Hiring Women

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. If you can get them, pick young married women. They have these advantages, according to the reports of western companies: they usually have more of a sense of responsibility than do their unmarried sisters; they're less likely to be flirtatious; as a rule, they need the work or they wouldn't be doing it - maybe a sick husband or one who's in the army; 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. Most transportation companies have found that older women who have never contacted the public, have a hard time adapting themselves, are inclined to be cantankerous and fussy. It's always well to impress upon older women the importance of friendliness and courtesy.

3. While there are exceptions, of course, to this rule, general experience indicates that "husky" girls - those who are just a little on the heavy side - are likely to be 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. Transit companies that follow this practice report a surprising number of women turned down for nervous disorders.

5. In breaking in women who haven't previously done outside work, 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 in garage or office a definite day-long schedule of duties so that she'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 nervous and they're happier with change.

8. Give every girl an adequate number of rest periods during the day. Companies that are already using large numbers of women stress the fact that you have to make some allowances for feminine psychology. A girl has more confidence and consequently is more efficient if she can keep her hair tidied, apply fresh lipstick and wash her hands several times a day.

9. Be tactful in issuing instructions or in making criticisms. Women are often sensitive; they can't shrug off harsh words the way that men do. Never ridicule a woman - it breaks her spirit and cuts 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 uniforms that each girl can have a proper fit. This point can't be stressed too strongly as a means of keeping women happy, according to western properties.

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