How Good Were They?

Zig Ziglar on

Most of us make the comment, "Things are not what they used to be -- oh, for those "good ol' days"!

Question: How far do we want to go back? Quotable Business author Louis E. Boone lists "Eight Rules for Office Workers 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 13 hours of labor in the office, the employee should spend remaining time reading the Bible and other good books.


Every employee should lay aside from each payday a goodly sum of his earnings for his benefit during his declining years so that he will not become a burden on society.

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.

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.

Appreciate the good things we have today and we will have something to smile about.


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