Archive | October, 2009

Guru’s Friday workplace funnies

Here are the wackiest stories from the world of work this week: Police officer pulls gun on haunted house worker Man gets paid by company he never worked for Paperboy made redundant Monday 26 October the ‘most unproductive day of year’ Lord Nelson back to work half hour after being shot Happy weekend to all […]
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Civil Service HR hopefuls denied awards glory

Remember these guys? The HR Validation Group Monitoring team at the Department of Health were up for the impressively vague ‘Improvement Award’ at the Civil Service Equality and Diversity Awards. Apparently, they are quite good at getting people to tick more boxes on monitoring forms. Alas, they didn’t win. At a (no doubt lavish taxpayer-funded) […]
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Acas temp policy drips in irony

Brilliant stuff from the HR experts over at Acas (stated aim: “to improve organisations and working life through better employment relations”). Bosses at the conciliation service have admitted to sacking temporary staff after 51 weeks’ service – just before they gain full employment rights and qualify for the right to claim unfair dismissal. “Better employment […]
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Aviva boss Moss and his HR shenanigans

What a tangled web HR weaves – especially if you happen to work at Aviva (that’s Norwich Union in old money).Chief executive Andrew Moss has been uncovered discussing Ugandan affairs with Deirdre Moffat – a former senior member of the firm’s HR department seconded to his office. What makes matters even more complicated is that […]
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Kidnapped on first day in the job

News from the States where one man has invented an alternative form of new starter induction: kidnapping.According to reports, a man starting his new job at a firm in Utah received a bizarre welcome on his first day, when he was kidnapped by the manager put in charge of training him.The alleged kidnapper had suggested […]
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Simon Cowell as inspirational as Mother Teresa

What have Simon Cowell, John Terry and Joanna Lumley all got in common?No, it’s not guests at the dinner party from hell, it’s the fact they’ve been named by yoofs as inspirational leaders in a poll by The Prince’s Trust.The survey of more than 1,000 youngsters found most viewed civil rights leader Rev King as […]
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Links to Friday workplace funnies

Here are Guru’s top 5 funny stories from the world of work. US paper seeks marijuana critic Devon island caretaker job attracts 70 applicants Council workers given advice on how to eat biscuits Four in 10 workers sit next to irritating colleague New starter kidnapped by co-worker on first day Happy weekend to all disciples.
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Redundancy news delivered from afar

Bill Keller, executive editor of the New York Times, is a smart man.Faced with the prospect of telling hacks that he had to make 100 of them redundant by the end of the year, he decided to steer well clear of the newsroom and feign illness.Here are the opening lines of his letter, sent to […]
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Super diabetic detecting dog

Disciple Tim emails to point Guru in the direction of this odd story on the BBC website. “This is the funniest article I have ever read and is complete nonsense.  The article is regarding my mother and step-father and I can assure you that the dog most certainly doesn’t test his blood sugar levels by […]
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Nomura email causes dress code confusion

Guru was pleased to see the Japanese bank Nomura demonstrating so perfectly the problems of language barrier when it comes staff communication.A year after snapping up the bits of Lehman Brothers that were actually worth something, Nomura managers emailed employees in a bid to get them to smarten up, according to Management Today.Bosses reminded workers […]
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