first_img Comments are closed. This week’s guruTop tips to put women back in the driving seatGuru has discovered that plans to combat the shortage of lorry drivers in thetransport industry reported in Personnel Today last week are not the first timethe sector has attempted to overcome recruitment problems. In 1943, Transportation Magazine published a guide for companies consideringhiring women for the first time during the Second World War. These tips were apparently the way forward for the fair-minded employer ofthe time: 1. Pick young married women. They usually have more of a sense ofresponsibility 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 andinterest to work hard and deal with the public. 2. General experience indicates that ‘husky girls’ – those who are just alittle on the heavy side – are more even-tempered and efficient than theirunderweight sisters. 3. Give every girl an adequate number of rest periods during the day. Youhave to make some allowances for feminine psychology. A girl has moreconfidence and is more efficient if she can keep her hair tidied, apply freshlipstick and wash her hands several times a day. 4. Be reasonably considerate about using strong language around women. Eventhough a girl’s husband or father may swear vociferously, she’ll grow todislike a place of business where she hears too much of this. Staff censure causes bit of a stinkLord Sawyer, the man responsible forimproving employment relations at the Royal Mail, complained last week that anongoing dispute over shift patterns has delayed progress.No doubt he would be unhappy with the latest dispute overworking conditions at one of the Royal Mail’s sorting offices in Somerset.There the hot air goes beyond the negotiating table – staff are having to becensured for breaking wind.All 15 workers at the Yatton and Clevedon delivery officereceived a warning note on personal hygiene, which reminded them that suchbehaviour is unacceptable and could be breaking the company’s code of conduct.The letter also urged staff to stop flicking rubber bands becauseof possible health and safety implications.‘Metatarsal Monks’ calls for starquality rehab all roundThe TUC wants everyone who is injuredat work to receive the same sort of rehabilitation as injured England soccerstar David Beckham.TUC general secretary John Monks is calling for a partnershipbetween employers, unions and the NHS to provide improved rehabilitation foreveryone injured at work.”It doesn’t matter if you are a footballer, factory workeror a florist – it’s a false economy for your boss to ignore prevention andrehabilitation,” he said.Guru is all for the TUC’s campaign, but he is unsure allemployers will be able to provide their employees a special oxygen tent tosleep in – Beckham has used one to aid healing – let alone his indoor heatedswimming pool and chauffeur driven car. GuruOn 14 May 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more