Archive | May, 2008
By Greg Pitcher on 30 May 2008
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.
By Greg Pitcher on 29 May 2008
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”.
By Greg Pitcher on 28 May 2008
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 […]
By Greg Pitcher on 27 May 2008
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?
By Tony Pettengell on 20 May 2008
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 […]
By Greg Pitcher on 19 May 2008
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.
By Greg Pitcher on 16 May 2008
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.
By Tony Pettengell on 14 May 2008
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 […]
By Greg Pitcher on 12 May 2008
Guru is pleased to see that lie detectors â€“ previously frittered away on such frivolous tasks as preventing espionage, terrorism and other threats to national security â€“ 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 […]
By Tony Pettengell on 9 May 2008
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 […]
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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