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Archive | September, 2008
By Greg Pitcher on 30 September 2008
After Unite general secretary Derek Simpson told HR professionals at the TUC annual congress in Brighton earlier this month that “conflict was coming”, staff at conciliation service Acas have sent in the heavy artillery. Yep 600 members of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union working at Acas offices across the UK took part in a massive one-hour […]
By Greg Pitcher on 29 September 2008
Guru has uncovered the last bastion of workplace discrimination – again. This time, it’s birthday discrimination. Yep, it seems that employers have been choosing job candidates based on the day of the year they were born on.
By Greg Pitcher on 26 September 2008
David Cameron is not on Guru’s Christmas card list – or even his urinate-at-if-on-fire list – but Yours Truly was still shocked at an attack on him at the Labour Party conference last week. Yep, women’s minister Harriet Harman really went to town on poor old Dave up in Manchester – although maybe her bitterness […]
By Greg Pitcher on 23 September 2008
In these multimedia, user-generated, interactive times, Guru was delighted to discover that the BBC have finally begun to listen to him. Check out this blog posting on the BBC News editor’s blog, responding directly to Guru’s text message.
By Greg Pitcher on 22 September 2008
The first stage of recovery from a problem, Guru has it on good authority, is acceptance. The second is turning the problem into a second-rate kareoke tune. So all those City bankers crying into their Bollinger and considering the ultimate indignities of downsizing to an 18-bedroom Surrey mansion or even worse selling one of the eight Ferraris to […]
By Tony Pettengell on 19 September 2008
Not content with regularly banning elements of the online world, from YouTube and Google, and even God’s own representative on earth Richard Dawkins, those crazy creationists down the Bosphorus have, nonetheless, struck a blow for female equality. Or at least one hotel has. And all because of over-attentive male employees who took the art of customer ‘service’ to new […]
By Tony Pettengell on 18 September 2008
Wales. Dontya just luv it? Guru certainly does, and he’ll be brushing up on his Welsh language skills in case he happens to bump into the hordes of Welsh-speaking HR professionals that will be going out into the world of work in the near future. That’s right, HR in Welsh. Ignoring the fact that HR […]
By Greg Pitcher on 17 September 2008
Harrogate – Guru loves it! A long-term patron of the annual Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development conference, he has of course found time in his busy diary to make the pilgrimage for the final time before it moves to Manchester next year. And while Guru is happy to report that his visit hit all the right […]
By Tony Pettengell on 16 September 2008
Guru is saddened to read of the demise of Lehman Brothers and sends out his commiserations to all the fat-cat, money-grabbing, short-term gains specialists at the company. He would also recommend the firm’s website (www.lehman.com) for a comedy award. According to its own mission statement ‘one firm, defined by our unwavering commitment to our clients, […]
By Greg Pitcher on 15 September 2008
With the CBI reporting today that the UK is entering a recession, Guru understands that times are tough. But have things got so bad that even the queen is looking for a job? Apparently Ma’am is to visit Google’s headquarters to meet staff at the internet search giant that recently won the title of best place […]
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.