Archive | May, 2010

Guru’s Friday workplace funnies

Here are Guru’s top stories of the week 100-year-old doctor has delivered 18,000 babies Slough ‘least friendly’ place to work in UK Taxi drivers banned from flying England flags Google Pac-Man eats up millions of hours of work time Cleaner sucked into sausage machine Have an enjoyable Bank Holiday weekend disciples.
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Teacher pays the penalty for porn mishap

Thanks to disciple Dan for pointing Guru in the direction of the unfortunate James Cooney, a teacher in South Wales.According to newspaper reports, Cooney is now fighting to save his career after accidentally showing a porn movie to pupils during a lesson. He decided to use his own laptop when the DVD player in the […]
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Guru’s Friday workplace funnies

Here are Guru’s links to the top workplace stories of the week Women told she was too white for the job Commuters go naked to promote new TV show Britain’s oldest fisherman celebrates 70 years in the job Motorway bosses hire druids to cut road accidents NHS staff caught having sex in hospital pharmacy Enjoy […]
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HR winners, but also losers, at Birmingham

Guru was surprised to see the HR team at Birmingham City Council win a Public Sector People Managers’ Award for ‘HR Efficiency and Business Impact’. This would be the same HR team that oversaw a discriminatory bonus scheme which has now resulted in a multi-million pound payout to thousands of low-paid women. That’s certainly a […]
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Paprika-sniffing dog results in disability discrimination claim

More absurdity from the US, where the Indianapolis Star reports that an employee with a severe allergy to paprika spent $10,000 on an assistance dog trained to alert her to its presence, only to find on her first day back at work that an asthmatic colleague was allergic to the not-so-cuddly canine.Emily Kysel began having […]
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HR director brings his own biccies

As public sector HR pros wait with a sense of dread for Chancellor George Osbourne’s axe to fall, Guru can reveal the purse strings are already being tightened in one London council. Spotted in the Sutton branch of supermarket Morrison’s one lunchtime was Dean Shoesmith, HR director at Sutton and Merton councils, buying biscuits and […]
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Guru’s Friday workplace funnies

Here are the links to the top funnies of the week Deported baby trafficker sneaks back in to UK so she can claim thousands at employment tribunal Garage worker crashes £245,000 motor while returning car to its owner  Mobiles and Blackberrys banned in Cameron’s cabinet meetings Happy weekend to one and all!
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If you go down to the woods today…

Woodlands are more than just pleasant places to walk in and enjoy – they can be life-savers. Well, that’s according to the folks at the Forestry Commission at a recent seminar for health professionals.Commission greenites claim a walk in the woods is a real stress buster, and if everyone in the UK had easy access […]
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Erotic capital – an HR director writes

Disciple Graham writes following Guru’s wise words on HR and ‘erotic capital’: Dear Guru,Having followed Guru diligently for many years, often standing by him as a shield against the slings and arrows of overly protective HR colleagues who shy away from his ruthless endeavours to delivery the truth, I am compelled to say he has […]
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Judge says “keep away from employment law”

What hope for beleaguered HR professionals when a tribunal judge says employment law is “best kept as far away as possible”?Following a failed attempt by restaurant owner David Piper to appeal an employment tribunal decision but ran out of time, Lord Justice Mummery said: “I am sympathetic to all litigants who get caught up in […]
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