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Title Daily Breakthrough, November 20, 1977
Publisher Breakthrough Publishing Co.
Date November 20 1977
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Transcript By Michael Ventura Louis had interviewed me just because he was intrigued with a man applying for the job of his secretary. The woman at the State Employment Office who had sent me to Louis's asked me several times if I could really type, though it said on her form that I'd tested at 80 wpm. "Why do you want this kind of job?" The thought that I might simply need money seemed never to occur to her. "Because it's too cold to dig ditches." Now it was Louis's turn: "You wanna work out there with the broads?" Irony and equivocation, Durrell says, are the only defense for the thinking person when dealing with the so-called real world. A little New York sarcasm doesn't hurt either, nor the tactic of answering a question with a question. Why did I wanna work Out There With The Broads? "Louis, willya give me one day off a month for my period?" "You're a good kid," says Louis. I was 25. He said kid with the same smile and tone that he said broad. IheWc brk There are two kinds of secretarial work: the work that must be done, and the work your boss wants you to do. The first is work necessary for the company's business transactions and the keeping of accur- confessions of a ate records. The second is whatever wild administrative project your" boss has decided is absolutely essential and can't wait, like changing all the forms so they'll read administrative assistant. Which would be easy if it meant whiting out one word and retyping another, but the spacing is so different it means doing the whole thing over. Since you have to do the whole form over anyway, the enterprising boss will decide there's a better way to do this form, and it is possible you will do one, two, maybe three versions. And it's not as if there is one form with the word secretary; nearly all the forms contain the word secretary. Which would all be fine (you're getting paid no matter what you do) but for the intrusion of work that must be done to transact business. So you're typing a conference report, then back to the forms. You're typing a sales chart, then back to the forms. Three business letters then back to the forms. You also screen phone calls, dial the wife, get several cups of coffee, and go out for the Account Executives' lunch (because it's raining and if they go out they get wet). Then back to the forms. The forms consumed the energy of three clerical people and Louis for almost three full workdays plus overtime. Louis left at five, but the essential work had to be done, and we were staying till seven. We weren't paid extra. It soon became apparent that on the average day, essential work could be done in three to five hours, with plenty of time left over to write letters, read The Times and swap life stories. But it was a rare day that wasn't cluttered with "projects," as they were called, like the forms; and the projects combined with the necessarily uneven work flow meant nothing but frustration and overtime. The solution was simple, and I figured it out and got away with it but I only got away with it because no one looked over my shoulder because I was male. Louis and the other execs assumed I could do secretarial work standing on my head because I was a man. So they almost never double-checked me. But they double- and triple-checked Anne and Lynn, who hence had almost nowhere to hide. f$i*-fi$M 1968 WEST GRAY 526-2273 . :-:::;:: •£:•?:::•:•:•: 4101 SAN JACINTO 523-1760 ROTO- ROOTER SEWER-DRAIN SERVICE 224-9401 PAGE 28 NOVEMBER 20, 1977 DAILY BREAKTHROUGH Wrap sweaters make great gifts for under $10 Sale 9 99 Wrap up one or more! All three styles are soft acrylic knit. The jacquard pattern in combinations of navy and brown or brown and coral. Tweedy pattern in blue, coral or beige. Stripe style in predominantly black or white. S, M, L sizes. In our Sportswear Department Regular $14 Ask about Sears Credit Plans Sale price in effect until Nov. 21 Sears Each of these advertised items is readily available for sale as advertised SEARS,ROEBUCK ANDCO.