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Archive | April, 2010
By Guru on 30 April 2010
Guru’s weekly links to best workplace stories of the week Worker of the Year competition has new car up for grabs Nursery staff confiscate toddler’s cheese sandwich Police officers take over an hour to fill out holiday form Nick Clegg leader most employers would want on the payroll Have a great Bank Holiday weekend disciples.
By Guru on 29 April 2010
Imagine this as the workplace from hell; Sir Alan Sugar is the chief exec, Alex Ferguson the MD and Simon Cowell heading up HR.The egos at work there would be monstrous.Recruitment review site HireScores.com polled 1,386 people to find out which well-known names they would like to see in business roles.82% of the respondents said […]
By Guru on 23 April 2010
Every Friday, Guru brings you his links to the week’s top five workplace funnies Dreaming can help with learning Bus driver suspended after reading book at the wheel Powerpoint presentations could lead to itchy bottoms Post worker bins £100,000 winning lottery ticket Guru has died (no, not this one) Happy weekend to all disciples!
By Guru on 22 April 2010
As the election creeps ever nearer, thanks to disciple Stewart for pointing out this great spoof job ad for The Prime Minister of Great Britain, courtesy of the folk at jobsgopublic.Guru particularly likes the ‘essential skills and qualities’ required for role: Good contacts in the world of business, trade unions and environmental pressure groups Easy […]
By Guru on 21 April 2010
Some people have taken the volcanic eruption in Iceland and resulting massive ash cloud as a sign that armageddon is approaching. Others have predicted that 2012 will bring doomsday and the end of the world.So perhaps it’s best to be prepared. At least that’s the view of Robert Vicino, the founder of a Californian-based company […]
By Guru on 21 April 2010
You can forget hard work and qualifications, how successful you are depends on just how damn sexy you are. Catherine Hakim, doctor of sociology at the London School of Economics, argues that as society becomes more sexualised, greater financial benefits accrue to the sexy. She’s even coined the phrase ‘erotic capital’ as a way of […]
By Guru on 19 April 2010
The recent spat between the Daily Mail and the Guardian about how many ‘British jobs’ (jobs in the UK) are being ‘taken’ (filled) by ‘foreign workers’ (anyone not liked by the Daily Mail) should be taken as a warning to voters to ignore statistics put up to support any policy proclamation.“Nearly every one of 1.67m […]
By Guru on 16 April 2010
Here are Guru’s usual links to the top five workplace funnies of the week. Coca-Cola criticised for condoning sick days in ad campaign Whitehall depts and quangos spend thousands on sweets, mints and cookies M&S staff refuse to push trolley claiming ‘not insured’ Students that download lecture podcasts achieve better exam results Football refs given […]
By Guru on 15 April 2010
The Treasury select committee’s new report Women in the City calls on the UK’s financial institutions to have more female representation on their boards.The group of (now former) MPs argued that having more women at senior levels would have made the banking crisis less likely as they would have challenged some executive decisions.The committee said […]
By Guru on 14 April 2010
If you’ve ever been accused of sleeping on the job – then this new role could be for you. Halfords is advertising for a sleeping bag tester, specifying “someone interested in sleep”. The role will involve the successful applicant trying out the bags in preparation for the forthcoming festival season. The tester will have to […]
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.