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Archive | June, 2008
By Tony Pettengell on 26 June 2008
People talk a lot of rubbish – and Guru should know, being a serial offender on this score – but of late it seems our politicians have been joining the fray – presumably in a bit to replace John Prescott, the one-man gibberish God. And Harriet Harman’s latest outpourings on equality had Yours Truly choking […]
By Tony Pettengell on 25 June 2008
Always a big fan of big cameras on the streets of Blighty to scupper the nefarious dealings of UK Wasters plc, Guru notes that top boffins have developed a CCTV camera that allegedly ‘listens’ for signs of trouble. Good news then for the UK’s honest traders and users of civic amenities. Dave Brown (no doubt […]
By Tony Pettengell on 24 June 2008
Feeding the nation ridiculous statistics is the meat and drink of the nation’s national newspaper hacks – and the fatheads who gorge themselves on the flaky numbers that rarely add up. However, the nation’s lard-watchers are now sitting in their specially reinforced chairs feasting on a smorgasbord of spurious statistics from the NHS about fat […]
By Greg Pitcher on 24 June 2008
Taxi driver Trevor Hamilton is in the papers today for finding £9,000 in used bank notes in the back of his cab – and handing it in to his employers.
By Greg Pitcher on 23 June 2008
Guru’s Scottish cousin Willie McGuru nearly choked on his deep fried mars bar this morning when he read that workers north of the border were to be ‘encouraged’ to enter their weight into their company intranets. A scheme by the devolved government will apparently see employers using new software to monitor staff weight levels, spot […]
By Guy Logan on 16 June 2008
From the New York Times: A federal judge in the US has dismissed a lawsuit by a man who was barred from the New London police force because he scored too high on an intelligence test. In a ruling made public on Tuesday, judge Peter C Dorsey of the United States District Court in New […]
By Guy Logan on 13 June 2008
Yet another sign that society is becoming shallower. A survey by The Ultimate Smile Spa found nearly two thirds of employers would be put off hiring someone if they had “unattractive teeth”. Yes, poor dental hygiene topped the list of physical turn-offs for employers at 62%, beating out top contenders like excessive sweating, dirty fingernails and bad skin.
By Tony Pettengell on 12 June 2008
Guru is saddened to hear that the legendary British sense of humour has taken a knock over the use of the word ‘pikey’ by former racing driver and now trackside pundit Martin Brundle. Brundle aksed Formula supremo Bernie “the prune” Ecclestone what he thought about the “pikeys relaying the tarmac on turn 10″ or something […]
By Tony Pettengell on 11 June 2008
When it comes to office politics it seems the UK’sworkforce likes to do it on a really super soft sofa, with tea andcoffee-making facilities close at hand, soft lighting and a supply of lightchocolate snacks. Guru only knows this on account of reading a Personnel Today report on a report on what really motivates staff […]
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.