Archive | January, 2008
By Tony Pettengell on 30 January 2008
The uproar over the strangely un-Tory looking Tory Derek Conway whose recruitment policy consisted of co-opting members of his family to do his bidding has led to a raft of job losses at Conway plc, after he announced he would not fight at the next general election. Yet there is some strange and beautiful logic […]
By Greg Pitcher on 29 January 2008
Guru was handed a superb article today from the July 1943 issue of everybody’s favourite transportation magazine – Transportation Magazine. Written for male supervisers of female workers during the successful Second World War, many of its lessons hold true today.
By Greg Pitcher on 28 January 2008
First sushi, then karaoke, now this. A Japanese company is giving its all-female staff the right to take paid leave in the immediate aftermath of a relationship break-up.
By Greg Pitcher on 25 January 2008
It made Guru feel a lot better about losing Â£25 on the 2:10 from Warwick yesterday to hear about the antics of a certain Jerome Kerviel. For while Yours Truly had to face up to a ticking off from the missus, Monsieur Kerviel had to take responsibility for kick-starting a global recession.
By Tony Pettengell on 24 January 2008
News that the government is to pay fatties to lose weight is good news for our growing workforce. After all, if they manage to slim down a touch, they’ll be quids in and will be able to nip down to the local kebab shop to rack up the calories â€“ although clearly not after midnight […]
By Tony Pettengell on 23 January 2008
Always being a law-abiding citizen Guru felt a mote of sympathy for our boys in blue as their request to have their pay rise backdated was roundly ignored by the home secretary. Quite rightly casting aside any notions of a low-key protest and accidentally on purpose not attending when Jacqui Smith requires police assistance down […]
By Greg Pitcher on 21 January 2008
Honest, hard-working takeaway workers everywhere will have been dismayed to read the interview with home secretary Jacqui Smith in yesterday’s Sunday Times. Kebab-shop employees have probably not been dealt as harsh a blow since Jade Goody referred to her genetalia as one of their fine meaty snacks in the Big Brother house.
By Greg Pitcher on 18 January 2008
Gordon Brown, according to the Daily Mirror today, “stared death in the face” yesterday. Dramatic stuff. So how could this happen? Was he ambushed by terror forces on an unannounced visit to Afghanastan? Did he get trapped underwater while examining the floods in Tewkesbury? Was he cornered by Alastair Darling at a Number 10 drinks […]
By Greg Pitcher on 17 January 2008
As a young scamp, Guru was hailed by his classmates for his ability to drop a pencil at the right time and place to maximise the view of Miss Robinson bending over to pick it up. It provided entertainment for the masses – always Guru’s calling in life – but also did nothing to harm […]
By Tony Pettengell on 16 January 2008
It all ended happy ever after for the production company responsible for the only TV programme to get close to being a modern-day morality play â€“ In the Night Garden â€“ after it had been taken to court by a former ‘Tombliboo’ who claimed he was abused for being gay and when he complained was […]
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.
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