11 tips on getting more efficiency out of women employees

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Michelle
11 tips on getting more efficiency out of women employees

We've come a long way, baby.

The hilarious thing about this list is that I start out agreeing with a few of the points (although they would be good practice for men AND women) - but then they tack on some reason that makes me gag.

Like this:

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Be tactful in issuing instructions or in making criticisms.

Sounds like good practice to me, for men AND women.  But then they have to go and ruin it with this:

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Women are often sensitive; they can’t shrug off harsh words the way that men do.

Lordy.  And the last sentence in it is true, but it applies to men AND women, not just women!

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Never ridicule a woman – it breaks her spirit and cuts her efficiency.

Caissa

Did you get this from a 1950s magazine?

Michelle

No, I got it from section15.ca - they reprinted it from a transit trade publication from 1943.  Read the whole thing - it's unbelievable!

Caissa

I was only off by a decade. Should have figured it was WWII with a massive influx of womren into the paid labour force. I'll give it a read.

Summer

I agree that men seem to have realized that women are not delicate flowers who will wilt once they've been exposed to the elements and my place of work is excellent vis a vis gender equity but there's still away to go:

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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 ...

How many men are still uncomfortable with the idea of menstruation.  ("I just don't get something that can bleed for 7 days and not die")  Does anyone have teen girls who are still able to use the "cramps" excuse to get out of gym with nary a question asked.  Try pulling that on a woman PE teacher.  Words like shrill or highstrung (not to mention bitchy) are used to describe women much more than men.

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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.

I worked in a firm where one of the partners swore like a sailor around the men.  When I was around, he tended not to talk at all for fear of dropping the F-bomb and offending me.  Result:  I didn't get to do work for that partner which was too bad because he had some really good files.  He preferred to work with other men. (He also had some choice comments about women taking maternity leave)....

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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.

This one is like the ones you pointed out Michelle, don't men like their clothes to fit too?

Now this one still doesn't seem to happen enough.   I've worked in restaurants where the pants are cut for men (no room for hips) and the shirts are cut for men (no room for breasts; or billows like a tent around your waist).  Maybe it's better in unionized environments?

Michelle

Yeah, I hate men's t-shirts.  They suck!  And yet, that's so often what you get when you see mass-produced t-shirts, especially for "causes".  Tight around the hips, baggy in the waist, tight across the chest.

As for menstruation - I don't feel like exercising my first day of my period either.  I get wicked cramps, and I just want to curl up and die for 12 hours.  I wouldn't want to do gym class then either. 

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I agree Michelle, period cramps for some women/girls can be debilitating to the point where gym class is not possible, nor even work. Especially for those of us, 10-15% is estimated, who have Endometriosis. It is angering that it appears that some women deny this, as Summer did above, as if women do not have enough to contend with by way of male ignorance in this respect.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endometriosis

A major symptom of endometriosis is severe recurring pelvic pain...Symptoms of endometriosic-related pain may include:

  • dysmenorrhea - Painful, sometimes disabling menstrual cramps; pain may get worse over time (progressive pain) also lower back pains linked to the pelvis
  • Chronic pelvic pain - typically accompanied by lower back pain and/or abdominal pain.
  • dyspareunia - Painful sex
  • dyschezia - Painful bowel movements
  • dysuria - Urinary urgency, frequency, and sometimes painful voiding

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Sineed

Michelle wrote:

Yeah, I hate men's t-shirts.  They suck!  And yet, that's so often what you get when you see mass-produced t-shirts, especially for "causes".  Tight around the hips, baggy in the waist, tight across the chest.

As for menstruation - I don't feel like exercising my first day of my period either.  I get wicked cramps, and I just want to curl up and die for 12 hours.  I wouldn't want to do gym class then either. 

Have you tried ibuprofen?  I taken 400-600 mg three times a day for the 1st couple of days.

Cramps used to be thought of as psychosomatic.  Millions of women thought there was something psychologically wrong with them because they had this physical pain.  What helped put a stop to this nonsense was women in the workforce; ie, women becoming doctors (nurses, unfortunately, didn't count because they traditionally had no power in the health care system). 

Leeroy Jenkins

...Well I laughed.