This week's guru
Climb every large mountain with us
Climbing the stairs to the boardroom has been a big issue for HR and Personnel Today in recent times. Six out of 10 HR directors believe they have no influence - or only a limited amount - on board-level decisions (News, 23 July).
Guru has always been an advocate of professionals striving to achieve the pinnacle of HR, but something has obviously been lost in translation. Caroline and Nicola (see below) thought it involved HR professionals climbing the nearest pinnacle, literally.
Inspector Caroline Briggs of the Metropolitan police's HR department is pictured in Peru on the trail of an Inca. She caught up with him at the top of Dead Woman's Pass and issued the highest on-the-spot fine at 4,200 metres.
Twenty-four hours is a long time in HR, particularly when you are doing the three-peak challenge. Personnel assistant Nicola Jeffery climbed Scafell Pike, Ben Nevis and Snowdon with four minutes to spare, and raised a lot of money for the RNIB (but she doesn't like to talk about it).
Keep the pictures of Personnel Today in extreme locations coming…
What's in a name badge
Police officers have always had to put up with being called different names in the line of duty. But 'the fuzz' have finally flipped over a proposal that they should wear name badges.
Some fear being a laughing stock due to ridiculous surnames. A quick perusal by Guru of the London phone directory shows there are 146 Pratts, 65 Dicks, 49 Constables, 25 Willeys, 24 Sergeants, 10 Coppers and just one Bogie, and one Pigg. Guru is unable to tell you how many work for the police.
But there is a more serious side, with the Metropolitan Police Federation expressing concern that it would make officers more identifiable, and thus vulnerable to revenge by criminals. A comedy name might be useful then - like Major Major in Catch-22. Which arch-criminal is going to believe your name is PC Constable or Sgt Sergeant (both of whom work for the Met)?
Rows brew up over getting the tea round
Guru has been accused of many things during his working life, but one area where he is beyond reproach is his willingness to muck in with the office tea and coffee round.
There is nothing that annoys Guru more than those colleagues (you know who you are and will suffer during the time of the final judgement) who