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Archive | April, 2008
By Mike Berry on 30 April 2008
Guru has always considered himself part of the fashionista, keeping a close eye on the catwalk and this season’s must-have designs. Yours Truly prides himself on a keen sense of style as well. It was, after all, Guru that inspired the theatrical Blue Man Group with their crazy music and art show. So it’s safe […]
By Tony Pettengell on 29 April 2008
Shocking news has winged its way into the blue lugholes today. Apparently using your brain… um… makes your brain work better. Guru realises this may come as a shock to many in the public sector – many of whom give the appearance of leaving their brain at the door when entering the workplace – but […]
By Greg Pitcher on 28 April 2008
At last a government department has managed to get its workers excited about its employer brand. Staff at the Office of Government Commerce (OGC) apparently displayed a far more vigorous reaction than was expected when showed their new mouse mats, proudly carrying the department’s new logo. Intended to ‘signify a bold commitment to the body’s […]
By Tony Pettengell on 25 April 2008
Guru would like to assure all his disciples that Mrs Guru is safe and well, and that he was only pulling their legs when talking of his fearsome axe. But by uncanny coincidence the film that includes the most famous axe-wielding scene in cinematic history – Jack Nicholson’s legendary ‘Here’s Johnny’ moment from The Shining […]
By Greg Pitcher on 24 April 2008
You have to love those Norweigans. The latest example of their inate Nordic ingenuity is a tool for alerting people in boring jobs that they are in danger of losing concentration. “We might be able to build a device that could be placed on the heads of people that make these easy decisions,” Dr Eichele, […]
By Tony Pettengell on 23 April 2008
First impressions count. And in customer-facing roles that can be more important than anything else – as all savvy recruiters know. So its good to see that the purveyors of all things burger-related, McDonald’s has at last seen fit to dispense with its ‘rugger burger’ stripey polo shirt and baseball hat look and smarten up […]
By Rob Moss on 22 April 2008
If like Guru you treat your Microsoft Outlook Calendar with disdain than look no further than HassleMe.co.uk. It’s great for separating the run-of-the-mill Microsoft Outlook Calendar reminders from more important – and occasional – things such as buying Mrs Guru flowers, phoning mother Guru, and having a flutter at the betting shop.
By Greg Pitcher on 21 April 2008
Guru would be the first to admit he did not always fully embrace the wonderous potential of the world wide web. In fact, he may in the not so distant past have uttered phrases that included the words internet, black death, rather and have. However, even Yours Truly can stay firm no longer in the […]
By Greg Pitcher on 18 April 2008
Guru has had some ball-breaking bosses in his time, but nothing like Mr Lawrence, the central character in an employment appeal tribunal judgement Yours Truly was alerted to this week. Former Peugeot dealership salesman Terence Parsons brought the successful appeal against the decision by an employment tribunal to turn down his claim of constructive unfair […]
By Greg Pitcher on 17 April 2008
Sure, he scored some great goals and put in some terrific performances in Renault TV commercials, but does Thierry Henry really deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as Mahatma Ghandi, Martin Luther King and Mother Teresa? According to Met Police HR chief Martin Tiplady, the answer is yes.
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.