Office rules

This funny. I’m sure your office, like mine, have some strange rules and procedures. Maybe you have to separate your paper waste from the rest of your trash, or maybe you have to put in a request for the next years calendar two months before the year ends. Well, how about these rules?

According to the Boston Sunday Herald of October 5, 1958, a Beantown office manager, cleaning out a file in preparation for his firm’s move to a new location, came across these office rules for 1872.


l. Office employees each day will fill lamps, clean chimneys and trim wicks. Wash windows once a week.

2. Each clerk will bring in a bucket of water and a scuttle of coal for the day’s business.

3. Make your pens carefully. You may whittle nibs to your individual taste.

4.Men employees will be given an evening off each week for courting purposes, or two evenings a week if they go regularly to church.

5. After thirteen hours of labor in the office, the employee should spend the remaining time reading the Bible and other good books.

6. 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 on society.

7. Any employee who smokes Spanish cigars, uses liquor in any form, or frequents pool and public halls or gets shaved in a barber shop, will give good reason to suspect his worth, intentions, integrity and honesty.

8. 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 permits it.

Quoted from The World of Business, edited by Edward C. Bursk, Donald T. Clark, and Ralph Hidy (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1962), 1374-1375.


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