Learn how to survive the HR jungle

HR is a bit in the doldrums at the moment, having voted itself the unhappiest profession in the UK.

Almost half of you said HR made you unhappy or very un-happy in a survey of 14,000 people by Kelly Services.

What is wrong with you people? Is it the burden of employment legislation? Surely not – it gives you a reason to lord it over the line managers who have no idea what’s going on.

Is it because you are clearing up other people’s mess all the time? Once again, it can’t be – if you’re anything like Guru, you will revel in other people’s misfortune and thank your lucky stars it’s not you.

Whatever it is, you clearly need help, which is why you’ll see Guru’s cut-out-and keep HR survival guide. This involves everything you will need to get you through the day. It includes:

  • A smile: so you’ll always be beaming even if you are crying on the inside
  • A silo: put it on the other side of your desk and remember to stay out of it
  • A box: place this next to you so your manager sees you are ‘thinking outside the box’
  • Your navel of choice: If you’re going to get involved in navel gazing, it might as well be someone else’s.


If you use any of it, take a photo and send it in, and we’ll come up with a prize for you.

You can e-mail your photos to guru@personneltoday.com, or post them to: Guru, Personnel Today, editorial office, 5th floor, Quadrant House, The Quadrant, Sutton, Surrey SM2 5AS.


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