Archive | July, 2009

The New Rules of Work (apparently)

Guru has just discovered his new favourite book The New Rules of Work (PDF) by Mike Dauncey, founder of jobs board Tiptopjob.com. The book is described as an “un-pc and frank guide to the modern day world of work”. According to Dauncey, the ‘new rules’ are necessary because the recession has created a seismic shift […]
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Number twos at Scotland Yard

The mood is not good in Scotland Yard’s central control room, where telephone operators have been told to log (no pun intended) their toilet breaks. Staff must log visits to the little boy’s and girl’s rooms as a ‘code three’ on a database. A spokesman has said that only the amount of breaks will be […]
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Wookey Hole witch appointed

Common sense has prevailed and bosses at the Wookey Hole Caves tourist site in Somerset have appointed a female witch.It’s ironic that the new witch has been announced on the same day as the Women and Work Commission criticised the government for failing to tackle gender stereotypes in career advice.Is the job of ‘witch’ a […]
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HR separated at birth

Here’s another look-a-likie from the crazy world of HR.Compare, if you will, Chris Parry, chair of the Centre for High Performance Development and Personnel Today Awards judge and Trading Places actress Jamie Lee Curtis.Surely separated at birth? Please email other suggestions to guru@personneltoday.com
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When I grow up I want to work in HR

The funny kids of US website HR.com remind us all why we first got into this life we call human resources. To be overworked, overlooked and underpaid, basically.Guru wanted to be a dustbin man and astronaut when he was young…
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Don’t bank on new Bank Holiday

Guru sees the government has launched a consultation into how the UK officially recognises Workers Memorial Day or, as most of us know it, 28 April.Good old socialist Labour wants to give bereaved families, unions who represent workers, and the public, the opportunity to have their say about how they would like to mark the […]
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Swine flu – a worried employee calls work

Hat tip to financial gossip and news site Here is the City for this transcript of an employee worried he has swine flu and wondering whether to come to work. It has got hold of the transcript of a recent call to a third-party call centre that several banks are using to deal with employees […]
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Best out of office message: competition update

Thanks to those disciples who have sent in examples of the best out of office email messages they have received.Here are some cracking examples: Remember – the best wins six bottles of HR wine! Sent: 19 September 2008 13:56Please note that I am currently unavailable as I am down the pub for the next two […]
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HR separated at birth

Here’s the latest offering in Guru’s quest to find those in HR that bear striking resemblances to the famous, infamous and mildly irritating.And what a case in point we have here. For does not Richard Crouch, head of HR at Somerset County Council – featured on page 9 of 21 July issue of Personnel Today […]
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Beware killer desk fans this summer

Guru has stumbled across this cautionary tale of a London-based office worker hospitalised after her hair was caught in the blades of a desk fan.This bloody incident happened during the mini heatwave at the start of July and lead to Emily Hutnyk suffering blood loss and lacerations to the scalp. With temperatures topping well above […]
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