Archive | June, 2010

Dangerous job no. 745: compost heap worker

There are jobs that are obviously dangerous – fireman, police officer, underperforming England footballer. And then there are those less dangerous. Guru was bemused to read, in Irish paper The Connacht Sentinel, of composting plant workers forced away from their pungent workplace by threatened physical violence. Why were they threatened? Did neighbours take offence at the stench […]
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Police bend rules for baldy recruit

PSNI – the Police Service of Northern Ireland – takes accusations of discrimination more seriously than most. For obvious reasons. But rather than the usual tired old religion line, the latest accusations have centred on hairlessness. A pleasant change unless you’re the baldy involved. A recent applicant was progressing quite happily through the recruitment process […]
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Pygmy visits factory

For short French president Nicolas Sarkozy – he of the stacked heels and bouffant hair – height is evidently more of a sore point than hitherto thought. Already accused of refusing to stand next to tall people (in other words anyone over his 5ft 5ins) on TV, Sarkozy’s latest move involved sending staff ahead to […]
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There’s always a place for good manners

While it’s often said that Britain is broken, going to hell in a handcart, etc, Guru – the eternal optimist – will always insist it isn’t so. And here’s the latest evidence. Thirty-five year old unemployed labourer Lee Dixon left his fingerprints at the sites of more than 100 break-ins across rural England. So far, […]
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Sexy high heels lessons to bridge skills gap

Let it never be said the education sector is ignoring the constant bleating of employers tired of the lack of skills among would-be employees. South Thames College, possibly London’s most forward-thinking educator, has introduced courses in how to walk in stilettos. An extra curricular course, ‘Sexy Heels in the City‘, was taken by five students […]
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Professional pride – no clowning about

Guru always thought it was just chip-on-the-shoulder HR types who had a bee in their bonnet about their professional reputation – but apparently not. More than 100 clowns recently marched down the main streets of San Salvador chanting ‘real clowns are not criminals’. Not a statement anyone who’s paid a tenner to see some sad […]
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Guru is on his hols…

Guru is enjoying a well-deserved two-week break, so posts on the blog will be less frequent in the meantime.
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Guru’s Friday workplace funnies

Here are Guru’s links to the top workplace stories of the week Couple sacked from the same employer win compensation Britain’s Got Talent contestant launches claim against Simon Cowell Man who barked at colleague loses unfair dismissal claim Women banned from mock mission to Mars Unemployed women given £1,000 makeovers to help them find a […]
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Watch out for bogus fit notes

Two months on from the new fit-note system being introduced, Guru has spotted a website that openly sells fake fit notes – for under a tenner. Doctorsnotestore.com claim they are for novelty use only, but they also boast they are exact replicas and do indeed look like the real thing.All an employee has to do […]
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Brain scanning candidates will have to wait

We’ve all sat through an interview where the candidate is dodging the question or being evasive. And perhaps disciples have hired someone who turns out to be quite different from what they seemed at first glance. So how to know for sure?A brain scan should do it. At least one US company is offering scans […]
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