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Archive | October, 2007
By Greg Pitcher on 31 October 2007
The office and the gym are two of Guru’s most hated locations. So the thought of the two of them combined makes him feel slightly panicky. In fact, when he first heard about the Walkstation, Yours Truly had to spend a few hours in his ‘special place’ – a room he designed to combine his […]
By Greg Pitcher on 30 October 2007
In case it had escaped your attention among the Halloween hype and fireworks, it is currently National Commute Smart Week. Guru got up early yesterday to put on his top hat and tails before driving to work, but apparently he had the wrong end of the stick. It turns out that the event, run by […]
By Greg Pitcher on 29 October 2007
Skills shortages get blamed for everything these days. Having been told that the Olympics is going to be rubbish for visitors because we’ve got no decent waiters, and that the world is going to end because we haven’t got the nuclear power experts to drag us away from burning fossil fuels, we now hear skills […]
By Greg Pitcher on 26 October 2007
Being of sound heart and mind, Guru is far from a Spurs fan – but he does have to wonder if employers could learn a little from maestro of people management Daniel Levy. Yours Truly doesn’t mind admitting that he watched with a little bit of awe as the Tottenham chairman ruthlessly replaced his under-performing […]
By Greg Pitcher on 24 October 2007
After all this talk of Blue Cards and Green Cards, Guru is today announcing a consultation on his very own Red Card scheme. The European Commission (EC) yesterday unveiled plans for an EU-wide Blue Card visa similar to the US Green Card. This would allow workers from outside the EU to work in all member […]
By Greg Pitcher on 23 October 2007
Surely IT employers are completely missing the point with their campaign to get more students to take the subject. People don’t stay away from the IT degrees because they worry about not getting a seat on the board when they’re 45 – they sign on to geography because that’s where the best girls are.
By Greg Pitcher on 22 October 2007
Tesco made its maiden shipment of goods by canal last week, shipping 20ft containers of wine from Liverpool’s Royal Seaforth dock to a bottling plant 32 miles away on the banks of the Manchester ship canal. This was great news for the company’s carbon footprint, for users of the M62 and for wino barge owners […]
By Greg Pitcher on 19 October 2007
Guru is delighted to hear that employees can no longer use flights as an excuse for being out of contact with their bosses. For too long Yours Truly listened to answerphone messages while employees were larging it up in business class, drinking champagne and watching Meet The Parents with their shoes off.
By Tony Pettengell on 18 October 2007
Talking of invading territory (see below), Guru notes that the England rugby team has been rather good a grabbing territory during the Rugby World Cup in France. That is apart from the 36-0 drubbing the team received at the hands of the South Africans in the early stages of the tournament. Of course, Our Boys […]
By Tony Pettengell on 17 October 2007
Today Guru is celebrating the return of imperial ambitions as the UK puts in a claim for the icy wastes of Antarctica. Apparently, because 1cm of the world’s biggest block of ice protrudes into the offshore waters of the Falkland Islands and South Georgia – a miniscule spec of an island 600 miles east of […]
Guru is Personnel Today's notorious HR commentator. He's been working in HR for far too long and observes every passing management fad with a mixture of anger and amusement. His blog is the one thing saving his long-suffering wife, Mrs Guru, from having to endure too much of his ranting about the big HR stories of the day.