Archive | December, 2008

What is ‘Christmas’ if we can’t be rude and obnoxious?

Guru was charmed by the news that 33% of Brits are ruder at this time of year, 11% argue with fellow passengers and 23% drink more alcohol – according to a survey by Tripadvisor. As a likely participant of the survey, the blue-headed wise man was touched that perhaps there were more people like him out there than he originally thought. […]
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Christmas office pranks | Why toilet paper comes in handy

While twiddling his thumbs and ignoring all emails coming his way, Guru wondered how best to spend his last few days at work. It didn’t take him long to realise that ever other worker in the country was doing the same thing.   So in true office Christmas craze fashion, Yours Truly opted to don […]
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Win a Fortnum & Mason hamper

Befuddled by his own creativity – and copious amounts of Chrismas spirit… hic! – Yours Truly forgot to mention that he’s devised a cunning quiz to make sure not only the City robbers receive a Christmas bonus. To win a bumper Fortnum & Mason Christmas hamper simply check out Guru’s Christmas Quiz and send your […]
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Wake up and smell the, er, toilets

Stopping to refuell on the A303 this morning, Guru noticed a rather unusual aroma in the toilets. It turned out that the Little Chef in Popham, Hampshire, was piping coffee smells into its bogs in a bid to get drivers to stop and buy a hot caffeine fix. Presumably this coffee habit then causes the drivers […]
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Guru’s review of the year in HR

January To get the year off to a puzzling start, the HR world was rocked by the news that the Ministry of Defence was mounting a strong… err… defence against the suggestion that it was targeting young children in its recruitment campaigns. Picking up on the military theme, Guru noted that prime minister Gordon Brown […]
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Cheer up Flo!

Heard the one about the miserable nurse?

You have to laugh don’t you!? No really you have to. Especially, Guru learns, if you’re a nurse. For the NHS has decided that nurses are a sullen bunch who make patients miserable. They need to lighten up – hell, they get paid enough don’t they? Nothing to do with the poor food, the overheated […]
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Online office games and free computer games

Guru can’t help but be aware that as Christmas approaches, productivity in UK offices will plummet. Rather than bemoan that fact, Guru suggests we should embrace it. It’s a been a tough year, right? Go on, take a break, have some fun. With that in mind, Guru has undertaken some extensive research and found several […]
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One-way ticket to Warsaw, please

As if those Poles unfortunate enough to still be in the UK needed another reason to pack their bags and return to their homeland, they are now to realise just how depressing their retirements would be if they stayed here. Friends Provident has launched a pensions webcast in Polish to ensure that Polish employees of […]
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Bush and Obama offer hand-y cold solution

December is the most common month for catching a cold, Guru has recently discovered, and apparently most of the 120 million colds contracted in the UK each year (an average of two per person) are caused by germs spread by the hands.  Yes, we are all officially part of the great unwashed – particularly after […]
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Guru is lost in translation

Guru is forever receiving emails about some recruitment firm opening a new office in Slough or Chorley or Kings Lynn. Big deal… But Guru was mightily impressed when he heard that executive search firm Pedersen & Partners had opened an office in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Not just impressed by the extreme location of the new opening […]
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