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The Good Old Days

In 1958 an office manager at the Boston Herald was cleaning out some old files and came across these rules of conduct for employees, originally issued in 1872:

  • Office employees each day will fill lamps, clean chimneys and trim wicks. Wash windows once a week.
  • Each clerk will bring in a bucket of water and a scuttle of coal for the day's business.
  • Make your pens carefully. You may whittle nibs to your individual taste.
  • Men employees will be given an evening off each week for courting purposes, or two evenings a week if they go regularly to church.
  • After thirteen hours of labor in the office, the employee should spend the remaining time reading the Bible and other good books.
  • Every employee should lay aside from each pay day a goodly sum of his earnings for his benefit during his declining years so that he will not become a burden to society.
  • Any employee who smokes Spanish cigars, uses liquor in any form, or frequents pool or public halls or gets shaved in a barber shop, will give good reason to suspect his worth, intentions, integrity and honesty.
  • The employee who has performed his labor faithfully and without fault for five years, will be given an increase of five cents per day in his pay, providing profits from business permit it.

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