Archive | November, 2008
By Greg Pitcher on 26 November 2008
First there were the falling house prices, then the redundancies – and now the credit crunch has really hit home with a sickening blow. The man who has celebrated Christmas every day for more than 14 years is scaling back his bumper Christmas Day Christmas Day because of the economic crisis, it has been reported.
By Greg Pitcher on 25 November 2008
Great to see that leader of the opposition David Cameron took his big opportunity last week to distance himself and the Tory party from the reality TV nonsense that has overtaken the government. With the world facing both financial and climatic meltdown, Cameron took the opportunity to speak to voters on an issue that really mattered – John Sergeant’s […]
By Greg Pitcher on 24 November 2008
Guru understands that the CIPD member named on a leaked list of BNP activists was vigorously denying the claim this weekend. Word has it that the individual loudly insisted he was in no way a member of the much-criticised organisation. Guru assumes, however, that he was happy to admit to being a member of the BNP.
By Greg Pitcher on 19 November 2008
Fittingly, to mark World Toilet Day – yep, World Toilet Day – comes the latest contender for the ‘No s**t, Sherlock’ comment of the year. Tony Smith, chief executive of the Consumer Council for Water, cleared his throat and gave this golden nugget of wisdom to the world: “Having your home flooded with sewage,” he […]
By Greg Pitcher on 18 November 2008
It is surely the letter that everyone who has ever worked in customer service has wanted to write. When a retired teacher sent an email to TV chef and barber-dodger Jamie Oliver complaining about his incessant swearing, he received an abrupt response from Oliver’s team.
By Greg Pitcher on 17 November 2008
If there is one thing that keeps Guru getting up and going to the office every morning – the office being a well insulated and fully kitted out basement of his ex-directory secret residence – it is that no matter how much he dislikes work, he dislikes being at home more. Being at home these […]
By Rob Moss on 14 November 2008
Redundancies happen in much the same way as various other horrible things happen. Without swearing on a family blog, excrement happens.You have to accept that sooner or later, and the BBC’s doom editor Robert Peston would no doubt delight in explaining it to you, your own little business bubble is probably going to burst. No […]
By Mike Berry on 14 November 2008
Guru can exclusively reveal that the CIPD has changed its name to the CILD. A press release pinged into Guru’s inbox revealed a report on the role of training and learning has been launched by the Chartered Institute of Learning and Development. Guru wonders whether the institute’s members have been consulted over the name change? Surely […]
By Greg Pitcher on 13 November 2008
As Guru was eating a lasagne served to by a non-Italian waiter, and reading news about Barack Obama’s election in a newspaper article written by a white journalist, he heard that a BBC Radio presenter had been sacked after calling a taxi firm to requested a non-Asian driver. Ex glamour girl Sam Mason, 40, reportedly told […]
By Greg Pitcher on 12 November 2008
Could it be that leading politicians really are taking their cues from Guru’s favourite HR pundit John Philpott? After the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s chief economist called for the US Senate to pass President Bush’s $700bn bailout package, and for the Bank of England to slash interest rates, he most recently moved on […]
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.