Independent from Long Beach, California on January 31, 1960 · Page 104
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 104

Long Beach, California
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Sunday, January 31, 1960
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Nation's No. 1 s e c r e t a r y , Ann Whitman, checks a busy day's calendar with her boss, President Eisenhower She s called a model of efficiency. MEMO TO SECRETARIES: HOW TO BRING UP YOUR by JACK ANDERSON Parade Washington correspondent WASHINGTON, D.C. W HEN THE MAN who invented the typewriter surveyed with pride his first machine, did he see sitting behind it the shade of things to come? Tor knowingly or not, lie also created a new breed of women: homo secrelarius. Call them what you will--Girl Fridays, Office Wives, or the Powder Pud Brigade--this feminine force is now such a factor in the nation's affairs that if there were a muss walk-out, it would be more paralyzing than a nuclear attack. From the White House down to the humblest office, the men would be left chewing their stiff upper lips and wondering what to do next. Next to marriage, the relationship between secretary and boss is the most intimate man-woman part- · ncrship in the world. He probably spends more time witli her than he does with his wife, and in many ways is more dependent on her for his success. She fusses over him more than she does over the boy friends in : her life. As man and secretary, they probably'share more confidences with each other than they do with anyone else. Although no vows are exchanged, the ideal boss-secretary partnership could hardly be closer if it had been sealed at the altar. What constitutes an ideal office "marriage"? To find out, the Veterans Administration recently made a confidential study (Operation Secretary) of the boss- secretary relationship. Industrial, psychologists and secretarial school executives were brought in to help analyze office problems and recommend how secretaries and bosses can get along better. Their confidential conclusions are now offered to PARADE readers in the interest of office harmony everywhere. A white-collar girl obviously should be well trained in the basic secretarial skills; she should know how to spell, write a letter, take shorthand, and operate a typewriter. (The Veterans Administration discovered its secretaries need most improvement in shorthand and-composing correspondence.) But these-are the standard attributes every secretary is expected to possess--and in quantity. Smooth Teamwork The real qualities sought in a secretary are character, personality, orderliness, sense of duty. She should be able to manage her boss while he manages the office. She should organize his work so he can move from one letter or decision to another without getting mired in details. As guardian of his sanctum, she must also have tact, firmness and, above all, courtesy in dealing with visitors. Since most bosses are mere men brought up by women--first by mama, then the school teacher--they are secretly a little afraid of females. They never hesitate to bawl out other men but nervously avoid scenes with the women under them. Result: the bosses who were surveyed confessed to little peeves they would never mention to their secretaries. From this list of grievances, here are some rules that will help secretaries keep their bosses happy and their jobs intact: · No matter how much you feel like stamping your feet and bursting into tears, don't do it. A man can put up with this in the privacy of his home, but he needs peace in his office. · Never try to take the boss' job out of his hands. An office wife is one thing, an office mother quite another. Many ambitious girls have ruined their careers by being too pushing. · Don't resent it if your boss asks you to do personal chores for him like buying presents or addressing greeting cards. Often it is a mark of his confidence in your taste. · Every man likes his secretary to look charming even though she may not be a ravishing beauty. But pattern your style after his. If he is conservative, don't come to the office in bizarre paints and pompadours. And don't turn your desk into a dressing table strewn with bottled beauty aids. Parade' Jon. 31,1960

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