Archive | May, 2008

Talkin’ Bout My Generation

When Guru was a lad, the only generation game he was interested in came on a Saturday night and was hosted by Bruce Forsyth. Now it seems the generation game takes place in the workplace and involves trendy types with thin-framed glasses talking about how to manage people born in different years.
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Office sex appeal: skirting around the issue

Guru always thought of himself as an extremely tolerant sort of chap – but now research has proved it. According to a survey by leadership and development consultancy the Aziz Corporation, “men are much more tolerant than women of very short skirts at work”.
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Bread roll jail threat

In his exhalted position within the much-lauded HR community, Guru is used to receiving ridiculous statements from people desperate for the publicity he can give them. Well, Alan Hughes, general manager of delivery firm Cadogan Tate Woldwide, you and your company’s names are now up in lights. As will be the name of anyone who […]
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Sailor simulated sex shame shocker

Guru has to admire their sense of adventure and world wiseness. On their first night of shore leave in Istanbul, where did the 300-strong crew of the Royal Navy carrier Illustrious head for? A bazaar, perhaps? A dusty local square with sheesha pipes and grazing camels?
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Fat cops are global phenomenon

News that police officers in Mozambique are getting called ‘cake-eater’ on account of being too fat to run after criminals reminds Guru that he must get on to his local constabulary to advise them about the recruitment of community support officers. When confronted with youths making merry with wheely bins in a village near Chez […]
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What a load of pants

Many HR professionals will have come out of interviews saying the experience was pants, but how may of them would know that their interviewee was relying on undergarments to get the job? Six out of 10 job candidates wear lucky underwear at an interview, according to ‘research’ by law firm Peninsula.
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Obama barracked over sweetie jibe

Hold on love. Give us a minute buddy. Sorry, darling, Guru has some important business to attend to writing about Barack Obama asking a female reporter to “hold on one second, sweetie”. This comment has threatened to derail an otherwise perfectly scripted politically correct campaign by Obama to reach the White House.    
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IT boffins hoist by own petard… again

IT specialists. Don’tya just luv ‘em? Guru certainly does, as no section of the workforce better demonstrates the need for time management training than this bunch of ne’er do wells. Yours Truly was reminded of their incredible ability to misstime things by his enforced absence from this very space – eagle-eyed disciples might have noted […]
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Lie detectors: the truth

Guru is pleased to see that lie detectors – previously frittered away on such frivolous tasks as preventing espionage, terrorism and other threats to national security – are finally to be put to good use. Personnel Today reports that employers could soon be kitted up with Voice Risk Analysis technology to judge whether workers phoning […]
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Berlusconi’s model approach to equality

Guru has always admired the Italians for their love of the absurd, and Silvio Berlusconi has made a bold statement with the appointment of a former topless model to his cabinet as equal opportunities minister. Mara Carfagna came sixth in the tough political testing ground that is the Miss Italy contest, and was inspired to […]
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