This week's guru column.
No thanks, I couldn't manage another word
After a long day at the office there is nothing Guru likes better than to leaf through his favourite books on management theory. But, apparently, Guru is in the minority. Only 13 per cent of professionals read in the evening to relax, according to research.
One-fifth switches on the TV and watches shows such as Inspector Morse, Match of the Day, Frasier and Ally McBeal to unwind. Eight per cent listen to music and 6 per cent drink.
It appears that well-off women over the age of 40 have got the best techniques for relaxation - they indulge in baths, facials and chocolate.
Vicky serves up some team spirit
While we’re on the subject of names (see cartoon), a woman named after the entire 1974 Liverpool football team has landed a job at Anfield.
She was christened Victoria Shankly Clemence Smith Lyndsay Thompson Cormack Hughes Keegan Hall Heighway Toshack Callaghan Lawler Edwards after Liverpool won the 1974 FA Cup Final. She will work in catering at the club, and the 26-year-old explains that it is a dream come true for her father.
As a “Shrimpers” fan, Guru considered calling his first born after the most successful Southend Utd team in living memory, then realised that there hasn’t been one.
Jim membership (or Jane) is lure
Guru accepts that in a competitive job market it is vital to offer potential staff excellent employee benefits, but surely the city of San Francisco has gone too far.
The public authority is now offering health insurance plans worth $33,000 (£22,407) to cover sex-change operations for its employees. Funnily enough, it’s a first.
Apparently organising an affinity deal for employees with a couple of local gyms just wasn’t enough.
He’s the Welsh soloist bar nun
The hills were alive with the sound of HR directors singing their favourite tunes from The Sound of Music at a conference late last month. Well, there was an excuse for it - the conference, or more grandly-named HR Summit, was taking place in the beautiful