Archive | October, 2008

Christmas party: the usual rubbish

Guru was dismayed this morning to receive notice from employment law firm Peninsula that 83% of employers were planning to cancel their Christmas party. Yep Yours Truly was gutted to see the survey in the news today – as he put a tenner on in January that it would appear on 3 November.
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From: Father of the Chapel To: HR Director Subject: To make your life as awkward as possible

Trade unionists, eh? Can’t work with them, can’t shoot them. You may have gathered from the above sentiment that Guru is not a fan of unions and the labour movement. It goes against Guru’s very being to join arms with his fellow worker in a collective show of unity and strength. He’d much rather go […]
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Readers get poetic, emotional and bizarre

Guru loves the annual Personnel Today Awards – a cracking night spoilt only by the fact Yours Truly has to pile on the make-up in order to disguise his striking blue-ness. So it came as no surprise to Guru that readers were falling over themselves to win two free tickets to HR’s big night at […]
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This is your government speaking…

Guru knows we have long lived in a nanny state, but things took a turn for the worse this afternoon when Yours Truly received a missive from the government on the importance of turning back his clock. Yep, the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform felt it neccessary to inform Guru that British Summer Time (a joke […]
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McDonald’s burger king scoops another award

The news that David Fairhurst, HR chief at McDonald’s, has won yet another award leaves Guru wondering whether they will have to widen the doors at the fast food outlets in order to fit his massive head through them. Fairhurst is scooping gongs faster than his employer can shift Big Macs, the latest being Business […]
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‘Lumpy bumpy’ gets humpy at lack of job success

The news that a man with a facial skin disfigurement can’t get a job because employers think he is too ugly shocked Guru. Yours Truly knows all about being discriminated against because there is something extraordinary going on with your face. Guru’s is, after all, completely blue. What was even more shocking was the fact […]
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You don’t have to be a lunatic to work here…

Earlier today (or yesterday, depending on whose watch you’re standing next to) call centre workers in India were holding their breath and quite possibly praying to Chandra, while simultaneously pretending to be rabbits, in a naive bid to bring doom and destruction on the subcontinent’s first mission to the moon as it ascended to the […]
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Gender pay gap: stop singing and dancing

The reason for the gender pay gap has finally been unveiled – and shock, horror it’s because women tend to take a few years out of the workplace to bring up kids. How much did the Institute of Economic Affairs spend on researching that report? Guru could have produced such a conclusion for a cup […]
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Working Time Directive shocker: letting sleeping care workers lie

Guru was abruptly woken at 11:30am this morning to be told of the care worker in North Wales who is entitled by law to be woken after six hours’ sleep to take a rest break. Yours Truly drifted back off for a couple of hours then got up to write this blog. Even after three extra-strong […]
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CIPD on the road to Shangri-La

News reaches Guru that the CIPD is to present a report on the ageing workforce at the Singapore Human Capital Summit next week. Guru aged a few years when he found out the conference is being held at the luxury Shangri-La hotel, renowned for its hospitality, service and opulence. According to its website it is […]
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