News in brief

Nile trip winner

The winner of the recent Personnel Today competition to guess the age of our own ageing workforce has been announced. Elaine Mcvoy, assistant HR officer at Bradford Metropolitan District Council successfully estimated that the combined ages of the six Personnel Today staff members was 245. Around 900 people entered the competition which was run on our stand at the CIPD’s exhibition Harrogate this year and on the Personnel Today website. Elaine wins a seven-night cruise for two people down the Nile.

It’s not too late to enter’s prize draw to win a Citroen 2CV or 1,000. For more information, go to

Work workouts work out

A stress-busting lunchtime workout would help employees perform better in the workplace, according to a survey by consultants Croner. Its online poll found that 69 per cent of HR professionals believe providing exercise facilities at work or helping with gym costs would boost productivity and morale.

PeopleSoft rejects bid

PeopleSoft has rejected software rival Oracle’s “best and final” bid of $24 per share – worth 5bn – and recommended its shareholders not to tender their shares. The firm’s directors unanimously dismissed the bid, leaving Peoplesoft’s shareholders to decide by 19 November whether to accept the bid. Even if a majority of shareholders decide to accept the offer, the battle between the companies is likely to move to the courts.

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