Archive | September, 2009

Gangster chic – the latest in workwear

Guru, being blue, has to think especially carefully about what colours suit him best. So much so that he is encouraged to hear that more and more Britons are opting for that easy, suits-everyone, monochrome look. According to well-known fashion experts Travelodge, British workers are taking their fashion advice from film director Quentin Tarantino, and […]
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Best student job in the world

Guru has (somewhat reluctantly) accepted that stoodents have just as much right to walk the earth as Yours Truly does. After all, they are a ready source of cheap labour for us employers to exploit, particularly now there are legions of graduates desperately searching for a job, any job, please sir… But what to do […]
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Personnel Today Awards ticket competition: more entries

Here are the latest entries into Personnel Today’s competition to win tickets to its annual awards night in London later this year.Disciples will remember that all the competition involves is emailing, in no more than 30 words, why you should go. Even the basic instruction to follow a word limit seems to be beyond some […]
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Bouncy castle immigrants jumped on

Eight Afghan illegal immigrants have failed in their attempt to smuggle themselves into Britain inside a cargo of bouncy castles.A search dog sniffed out the Afghans hiding on a Bristol-bound lorry in Calais. Our boys at the UK Border Agency found the desperate people hiding among the deflated castles and bounced them right back to […]
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Guru’s links to Friday workplace funnies

As inevitable as a Gordon Brown election disaster, here are Guru’s links to the best and quirkiest workplace stories of the week. US cops caught playing Nintendo Wii on the job Airline boss shouts at own staff after check-in delays Crash hero BA pilot living off jobseeker’s allowance Hospital worker kitesurfs across English Channel Brothers […]
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Warning: yawning at work could ruin your promotion prospects

One in 10 managers would overlook an employee for promotion if they frequently came into work yawning or looking tired, a new survey has revealed.A quarter would give that employee a ticking off and bring it up in their appraisal, whilst one in 20 say (somewhat unbelievably) they would even go to the extent of […]
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Women work hard, just not as hard as men

Yes, that’s the inflammatory headline of a press release by OfficeMetrics, a workforce analytics firm. And before all those ladies out there start sharpening their nails and running headlong in Guru’s direction, remember, don’t shoot the messenger.Somehow OfficeMetrics has worked out that since the recession has kicked in, statistics show that women have been striving […]
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Infrequently asked question

Disciple Peter writes from the parallel universe that is local government, with a tale that perfectly encapsulates today’s modern family unit. Guru can’t imagine old school personnel had to deal with this in the 1970s. Dear GuruI just had to share this with you.My colleagues in Central HR have sent me an updated copy of […]
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Payroll pros still insisting they are fun

Guru has blogged before about the Institute of Payroll Professionals and its forlorn task of attempting to get anyone other than payroll people interested in payroll.Well the IPP held its annual shindig earlier this month at Alton Towers theme park (look how fun we are!), which included the mandatory awards ceremony.The Caribbean-themed dinner included an […]
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Kanga-rude office behaviour

Workplace pests can take many forms. Mice nibbling at cables, fleas hopping across carpets, even lecherous colleagues lurking in the stationery room are all part and parcel of working life and, as such, evoke no sympathy whatsover. But even Guru experienced a fleeting twinge of compassion on hearing of the plight of beleagured Australian psychologist […]
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