Archive | December, 2007

Pay packet revival would be a revelation

With the banks getting all jumpy about lending money to one another on account of money lenders being a risky prospect, it occurred to Guru that things have gone badly wrong since the days of the pay packet. The pay packet, for those of a younger disposition, was a little brown envelope – often with […]
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Bulgarian bolthole in need of TLC

Yours Truly has a soft spot for the country that is Bulgaria. However, having purchased a 28-room mansion just outside Sofia (for less than the price of a Fortnum & Masons hamper), getting staff to run the property has proved somewhat of a challenge. It seems that the native population has gone native and… er… […]
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Skills training is a load of pants

Nearly a year ago, Yours Truly visited the subject of sex and training. More specifically, how topless teachers could inspire students to ever greater heights. OK, even more specifically, how ‘Sexpresso’ coffee lounges could be combined with ‘espresso training’ to give the learner an altogether more… um… rounded coaching (or should that be couching?) experience. […]
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Spirit of Chrimbo lives on in Liverpool

Nice to see that Christmas spirit extends to the good folk of Liverpool – those folk so tarnished by their association with the big bad Boris (the Turk) Johnson. Johnson made the mistake of dissing the good people of the rain-soaked north western port – berating them for ‘wallowing in their victim status’, on account […]
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Father Christmas | Santa’s clause

Is it any wonder that HR has the reputation it does when, at a time when everyone else is writing to Father Christmas asking for a new bike, or a new kidney for little Johnny, the most loathed department outside IT is clogging up Santa’s postbag with a warning about employment legislation? Yep, completely missing […]
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Sweet solution to police pay row

News that the police are getting uppity over the government’s decision to ignore the ruling of the arbitration service Acas on what they should be paid is clearly bad news for the boys and girls in blue. But Guru can’t help thinking that it is also a sign that, despite the current crazy gang… sorry… […]
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Office gossip | Rumbling the Canoe Two

A woman whispering in conspiratorial tones into her phone at work would seem to Guru as much a part of everyday office life a member of the female species turning down sugar in her tea because she’s on a diet and then buying a Kit Kat. So it is amazing to think that one employee’s […]
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Bunch of five judges to form media gang

It seems Guru at last has the ear of the bewigged and be-robed stocking-wearers of the land at last. Or at least one of the self-confessed ‘big guns’ of the profession at least. Just weeks after revealing, that judges were getting out of their pram over plans to make them undergo work performance assessments and […]
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Bed turning antics up north

Disciple Mike passed on news to Guru that the hospital beds of seriously ill Muslim patients are to be turned to face Mecca. Apparently Dewsbury District Hospital up north is also teaching its nursing staff in how to help patients with their faith worship. Now, Yours Truly has actually visited West Yorkshire on a fact-finding […]
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Loose acronyms sink ships

Always having been a fan of the ridiculous, Guru was heartened to read in Personnel Today’s Work Clinic blog about the ‘new’ concept of ‘moofing’ – a term allegedly coined by a Mr Moof. After a quick calendar check to be sure it was not 1 April, Guru continued his reading, and swiftly learned that […]
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