Most annoying office traits revealed

A survey by the Institute of Leadership and Management has found the things that office workers hate the most in their colleagues. Here are the top nine most annoying things that colleagues can do according to whomever the ILM asked: Arrive late for meetings Leave dirty bowls and plates on their desk Gossip about other […]
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Snow excuse for wasting time

According to the Daily Mail, Britain is bracing itself for a white weekend. For employers and HR staff this also means bracing ourselves for a blanket of hyperbole and grandstanding as the same few employees spend every day in which the temperature is below 10 degrees loudly fretting about whether they will be able to […]
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Study about rudeness at work baffles Guru

Guru has been alerted to a baffling study about rudeness at work via the CIPD newsletter. The report from the International Journal of Research Slightly Less Valuable Than Commonsense, sorry, the Harvard Business Review, reveals that most people at work experience rudeness sometimes. The report states that 98% of 14,000 respondents reported experiencing rudeness over […]
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Guru backs Gove

Being a keen employer of school leavers and bright young graduates, Guru is taking an interest in the debate surrounding education. He’s noticed that it doesn’t appear to be a particularly popular view, but he finds himself of one mind with education secretary Michael Gove who’s reforming education back towards a more information- and memory-based […]
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Message from Telegraph: no more women on boards

The board that Guru answers to has the typical composition of egotistical, slightly autistic men, so Guru was overjoyed to stumble across the Telegraph’s fabulous new(ish) blog giving an insight into the machinations of the executive team from a female perspective. It’s just so typical of The Telegraph to stick up for the minority. After […]
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Chinese workers demand a wee bit more consideration

Staff at the Shanghai Shinmei Electric Company held their managers hostage for a day in protest over time-limits on bathroom breaks and onerous rules on punctuality. Staff were restricted to two minutes per toilet break, and were fined for being late into work once, and fired for being late a second time. Guru suggests that […]
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Stop trying to inspire me and get on with your work

Guru is back at work and is quite comfortable being back, having always believed that routine and hard work are healthy for the soul. What he isn’t comfortable with is the new year blight of being bombarded with “inspiring” messages from his colleagues and peers who obviously feel that a week’s holiday warrants a great […]
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Forgive Andrew Mitchell for Christmas

Although Guru takes an instant dislike to anybody who’s not embarrassed to identify themselves as a Tory, he was amazed to read this morning that a YouGov poll found that 49% of people think Andrew Mitchell would have been right to resign on the basis of having said “I thought you lot were supposed to […]
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Cathay Pacific staff plan mass sulk

Cathay Pacific staff have voted to withhold food, alcohol and smiles from customers during the Christmas period over a pay dispute. Management are offering them a 2% payrise, but union bosses want 5%. Guru doubts the measures will make much difference. Guru has barely smiled in 40 years and nobody is offering him a payrise.
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Shares for rights consultation an early Christmas present

Amongst all the miserable weather and the rapid approach of the odious time of year that is Christmas, Guru has been hugely uplifted by the publication of a document entitled “Implementing Employee Owner Status: Government Response to Consultation“. The BIS is not usually a source of happiness and laughter, but the document delivers in spades. […]
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