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Archive | March, 2010
By Guru on 26 March 2010
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.
By Guru on 25 March 2010
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.
By Guru on 24 March 2010
After the latest Jedi claimed religious discrimination, Guru ponders what the average Jedi looks for in a job.
By Guru on 23 March 2010
If Ruby Wax is being employed by the Home Office, which comedians could help other departments?
By Guru on 22 March 2010
Were Stephen Byers, Geoff Hoon and Patricia Hewitt trying to apply for Jobseekers’ Allowance?
By Guru on 19 March 2010
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 […]
By Guru on 18 March 2010
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 […]
By Guru on 16 March 2010
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 […]
By Guru on 15 March 2010
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 […]
By Guru on 15 March 2010
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. […]
Guru is Personnel Today's notorious HR commentator. He's been working in HR for far too long and observes every passing management fad with a mixture of anger and amusement. His blog is the one thing saving his long-suffering wife, Mrs Guru, from having to endure too much of his ranting about the big HR stories of the day.