Archive | June, 2007

Las Vegas

Guru recruits Cheezhead to patrol SHRM

This week saw the annual beano that is the Society for Human Resource Management SHRM Annual Conference and Exhibition in Las Vegas, Nevada. It’s a bit bigger and more glamorous than our own Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development CIPD Annual Conference and Exhibition in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, but some things seem to be the […]
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Snack

Guru tip-toes through the office snack minefield

It’s one of the biggest workplace issues facing employees today. What is etiquette surrounding office snacks? Guru has ascertained that there are five distinct circumstances when it is de rigueur to provide food for your colleagues: 1) On your return from holiday – whether to the Seychelles or Skegness – you must bring back some […]
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Paperwork

When HR insists on ‘form’ over function

It seems the internet revolution has completely bypassed large reams of the human resources profession. Personnel Today reports on a survey from Qikker Solutions that reveals seven in 10 respondents prefer to rely on paper documentation, despite an awareness of internet-based HR tools. It seems the common HR refrain “fill out a form” can still […]
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Scrooge Caine

Employee reward blunder as life imitates art

Regular readers of Personnel Today will be familar with the Michael C Fina cartoon-strip advertisement that occupies the slot below Guru’s back-page column. Click here to see an example of the Michael C Fina “employee recognition blunders” cartoon… Well, Disciple Lucy has written to Guru with news of an employee recognition blunder that would make […]
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Easyjet uniform

Designer gives top tips for office uniforms

The BBC today reports top tips on work uniforms from corporate clothing company Jermyn Street Design. Essentially the main considerations are: Avoid mustard. Dark uniforms can be scary. Fabrics that breathe are more comfortable. Everything should be shaped. ‘Smart casual’ is very tricky to pull off. Guru’s favourite five work uniforms are: • Nurse • […]
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Gordon Brown new boy

First-day nerves for new PM Gordon Brown?

It’s Gordon Brown‘s first day as British Prime Minister today (27 June), as he finally enters Number 10 Downing Street to replace decade-long incumbent Tony Blair. He’s been waiting a long time for this day, and it’s eventually arrived. Brown is expected to travel to meet the Queen this afternoon, who will formally offer him […]
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digby.jpg

Sir Digby’s secret pics exposed by Guru

Guru recently stumbled across a set of images whilst trawling the internet that confirmed his thoughts about government skills envoy Sir Digby Jones. They were a selection of snaps taken at the recent launch of the Leitch Review skills pledge in London, which Guru has already reported was one of the most secretive events ever […]
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Wireless Internet

HR directors steal from their neighbours

Here’s a top technology tip from a human resources director who is often on the road – travelling between business locations. He suggests: Instead of paying for expensive wireless internet access in hotels or service stations, simply drive into a modern housing estate and search for a wireless signal. You’ll usually pick up half-a-dozen, of […]
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Queen Mother

Equality tsar in the sh*t over colostomy gaffe

Guru enjoyed the taste of delicious irony last week when equalities chief Trevor Phillips was forced to issue a grovelling apology following remarks made about the Queen Mum’s colostomy bag. The normally-ever-so-politically-correct (and quick-to-point-out-other-people’s-gaffes) head of the Commission for Equality and Human Rights apparently left an audience in “stunned silence” after cracking the gag that […]
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Mystery Object

Ceridian raises eyebrows with rude giveaway

Guru had spies at the Ceridian Golf Day at Swinley Forest Golf Club near Ascot. In keeping with all good corporate golf days, Ceridian gave all the players (various HR directors, payroll and benefits specialists) a goodie bag, which included branded balls, tees, pitch-mark repairers etc. But one item caused confusion and amusement in equal […]
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