Good Old days
Do you ever feel overworked, over-regulated, under-leisured, and
under-benefited? Take heart; things have improved greatly. This
notice was found in the ruins of a London office building. It was
This firm has reduced the hours of work, and the clerical staff will
now only have to be present between the hours of 6 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Clothing must be of sober nature. The clerical staff will not
disport themselves in raiment of bright colours, nor will they wear
hose unless in good repair.
Overshoes and topcoats may not be worn in the office, but neck
scarves and headwear may be worn in inclement weather.
A stove is provided for the benefit of the clerical staff. Coal and
wood must be kept in the locker. It is recommended that each member
of the clerical staff bring four pounds of coal each day during the
No member of the clerical staff may leave the room without
permission from the supervisor.
No talking is allowed during business hours.
The craving for tobacco, wine, or spirits is a human weakness, and
as such is forbidden to all members of the clerical staff.
Now that the hours of business have been drastically reduced, the
partaking of food is allowed between 11:30 and noon, but work will
not on any account cease!!!.
Members of the clerical staff will provide their own pens. A new
sharpener is available on application to the supervisor.
The supervisor will nominate a senior clerk to be responsible for
the cleanliness of the main office and the supervisor's private
office. All boys and juniors will report to him 40 minutes before
prayers and will remain after closing hours for similar work.
Brushes, brooms, scrubbers, and soap are provided by the owners.
The owners recognize the generosity of the new labour laws, but will
expect a great rise in output of work to compensate for these near