Archive | December, 2009

CV intercept leads to home truths

Disciple Charlotte writes about a recent CV she received… The CV came to us via an employment agency so had severely slipped through the net on every level. The candidate in question had listed their responsibilities and as I read down saw ‘sitting around surfing the net, texting his mates and calling his colleagues gay’.Turns […]
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Rock on! It’s a pensions Battle of the Bands

Work in the pensions industry? Play an instrument? Then you and your colleagues could enter Pensions Rocks – a battle of the bands all in the name of charity.No, this is not some kind of sick joke. This competition actually exists and is set to take place in London on 13 May 2010. Reserve the […]
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Cleaners worth more than bankers

A somewhat unbelievable headline, yes, but as City bankers plan how to spend their hefty Christmas bonuses, a report from the New Economics Foundation has calculated the true value to society of different jobs.The research says hospital cleaners create £10 of value for every £1 they are paid. However, bankers are a drain on the […]
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Top 10 three letter acronyms

A survey of company directors by communications consultancy the Aziz Corporation reveals a state of bewilderment with the number of acronyms thrown about. Some even said they had tried to ban acronyms in their organisation.The firm has named and shamed some of the worst acronyms heard being uttered. Guru is unsure how genuine some of […]
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Christmas debt timebomb unwrapped

Here’s a little factoid to depress your colleagues at the office Christmas party. In a couple of hours – the time it takes to polish off turkey, all the trimmings and Christmas pudding – you and all UK taxpayers will be £72m worse off.The New Party – an odd collective of people that have formed […]
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HR hunks and hotties – photo gallery

Enthusiasm for Guru’s quest to find the UK’s sexiest HR professional is picking up. Yours Truly has been receiving lots of entries for the hunks and hotties competition – launched in response to Farmers Weekly’s hunt for Britain’s sexiest farmers.Disciples can now view a photo gallery of HR hunks and hotties on Personnel Today’s community […]
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Video games top poll for pulling a sickie

Depressing research arrives via Mrs Guru’s favourite discount voucher codes website MyVoucherCodes.co.uk.They polled 1,920 employees in the UK and revealed that the number one reason men skive off work is to spend some quality time with their games console. A quarter of the men that admitted to pulling sickies to stay at home and play […]
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Plain English Campaign hands out jargon awards

We in HR love our jargon, probably more so than most professions. But even HR would struggle to beat some of these baffling and bad examples of official documents and communication from government departments, councils and the private sector.The Plain English Campaign has handed out its annual Golden Bull Awards to the worst offenders. Some […]
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18 January – most depressing day of next year

We’ve not even got past Christmas and New Year yet, but the most depressing day of 2010 has already been identified. Something to look forward to then…Picture the scene: It’s January, Christmas is a distant memory, the credit card bills are hitting the doormat, the days are shorter, you’ve broken all your New Year’s resolutions […]
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Guru’s Friday workplace funnies

Here are Guru’s top workplace stories of the week. Have a good weekend everyone. Ministry of Defence closes down UFO sighting team Women execs injecting Botox to cope with high heels IT lecturer becomes UK’s first resident Twitterer Daughter of ex-GM boss in online Facebook rant
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