Archive | March, 2009

Stink-free underwear is out of this world

Guru is keen to explore further the theme of clothing that enables employees to stay at work longer, hence increasing their productivity – something all recession-worried HR professionals must be after. Following last week’s news on the pillow office shirt and tie combo, an innovation currently being tested by Japanese astronauts (I know, how can […]
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Cunning Brazilian pigeons

While they might be best known for sculpted buttocks, bikini waxes and football, the Brazilians are by no means resting on their inventive laurels. And their latest innovation is making the British tradition – fabelled or otherwise – of baking metal files into cakes look decidedly old hat. Guards at Sorocaba Prison, 50 miles from […]
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Hot new look for female firefighters

Apparently the reason why so few women and ethnic minorities want to join the fire service is not because it’s a profession dominated by bullying, chauvanistic men, but because the uniforms don’t fit properly.But now that fashion faux pas has been solved with the roll out of new uniforms which, according to the press release, […]
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Hay fever stats should be sneezed at

STOP PRESS!!!!!!!!!!!!Yet more ridiculous stats from the Institute of Pointless Research. Hay fever is costing UK employers a whopping £7.1bn a year in lost productivity, it has been claimed.Amazingly, this garbage has been reported by one lesser regarded HR publication on its website, which just goes to show what passes as ‘news’ these days.According to […]
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Get shirty with new wearable office pillow

Here’s a snazzy new invention for HR folk worried about how to squeeze the last drop of productivity out of their beleaguered workforce. Why not play on the redundancy fears of your employees and reinforce the benefits of working late by issuing them this new plumped-up pillow shirt. The brainchild of Polish product designer Maja […]
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Fancy a game of computer dominos?

Guru found this YouTube classic recently from the dotcom era when bored office workers – with clearly too much time on their hands (perhaps they should visit Jade Goody’s house) – indulged in a game of PC dominoes. In fact, the scene could now be played at many firms across the UK with the number […]
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Spare Spiderman costume saves the day

The latest honourable addition to the book of “going beyond the call of duty ” examples comes from Thailand. A eight-year-old boy in Thailand on his first day at school became distressed and climbed out of a classroom window on the third floor. Despite valiant efforts by teachers, the student would not come down, and the fire service was called.
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Terror on the shop floor

Shop and hotel staff of the nation rejoice! You thought your jobs were at risk with the recession hitting your sectors the hardest, but fear not, you are now officially the most valuable people in the UK. The government has announced you are on the frontline when it comes to tackling terrorism (whether you want […]
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Who would you offer a ride?

Guru is happy to share with disciples a moral and ethical dilemma emailed to him that was apparently once used as part of a job application. Imagine, if you will, the following scenario… You are driving down the road in your car on a wild and stormy night, when you pass by a bus stop and […]
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Jade Goody – the unemployed mourn her death

Guru hasn’t got much time for Jade Goody but – judging by the scenes outside her house today – quite a lot of people have, literally, got a lot of time available. Disciple Rob has sent Guru a message (in fact, it’s more of a rant) about the number of people laying flowers – Princess […]
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