Archive | March, 2010

Public sector jargon is seen as a disbenefit by all stakeholders

The Local Government Association has produced a list of 250 jargon words that should not be used by public sector bodies. But many continue to flout it.
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Gas masks at the ready for Detroit public sector workers

A US court has ruled that public sector workers must stop wearing any scented products – including deodorant – after an employee successfully sued Detroit because she was suffering breathing difficulties caused by a colleague’s perfume.
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The Return of the Jedi (jobseeker)

After the latest Jedi claimed religious discrimination, Guru ponders what the average Jedi looks for in a job.
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Do we need more comedians at the heart of government?

If Ruby Wax is being employed by the Home Office, which comedians could help other departments?
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Have you been actively trying to find work? Ahem, say MPs

Were Stephen Byers, Geoff Hoon and Patricia Hewitt trying to apply for Jobseekers’ Allowance?
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Guru’s Friday workplace bizarres

Once again, Guru gives you five links to the top workplace stories of the week. Jobcentre’s sorry for the spurn of the Jedi No job unless you’re Polish: Biggest Asda meat supplier excludes English speakers as ‘all instructions are in Polish’ Racism storm over £38,000 ‘Indians-only’ job advert ‘Bullied’ City lawyer seeking £19m settles for […]
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Football loses its ‘colour’ as Dickinson lookalike is sacked

Guru was saddened to hear the news that Hull City Football Club had sacked manager Phil Brown. This, you understand, is not because Guru is a fan of Hull – a city that is north of Watford you see – but because Brown showed the world that metrosexuality is actually a very bad thing. From […]
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Dream come true for couch potatoes

While employers are falling over themselves to prove how flexible they are these days, Guru has always taken the view that working from home is, indeed, a licence to shirk from home. It seems the ultimate job for home shirkers has now been created. A company wants to recruit a couch potato to eat 400 […]
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Empty vessels making the most noise at National Trust

Guru is loath to criticise a great British institution such as the National Trust, but some things are beyond the pale (or, indeed, pail). In response to research that showed 74% of UK city based workers feel stressed on a daily basis, the National Trust has been handing out fresh air that has been bottled […]
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IT geeks take home the chips

Being a regular on the gambling scene, Guru was interested to hear about two daring criminals who managed to steal thousands of pounds from casinos in London. How was it achieved? An Ocean’s Eleven style underground raid? Some clever card counting? Maybe a straight put up job? Well, none of the above as it happens. […]
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