…in brief

This week’s news in brief

Cruel hoax

It has been brought to the attention of Personnel Today that a story
featured in last week’s magazine, asking readers to donate compliment slips to
a youngster suffering from cancer, is in fact a cruel hoax. The information was
published in good faith but has since been found to be false. We withdraw the
appeal with immediate effect.

Holiday winner

Sally Sharp, head of HR at Freemans Distribution, is on her way to Madrid,
courtesy of Personnel Today and PeopleSoft. She entered the prize draw attached
to the recent online survey on performance management systems. Visit our site
before 31 January and you could win a week for two in Mexico in our latest
competition.  www.personneltodayjobs.com

E-mail dangers

Aggressive or threatening e-mails sent out to staff can create office
negativity and make workers ill, according to research. Employees who receive
these types of e-mails have been found to have higher blood pressure than staff
that receive them from equal or junior colleagues.  www.bcuc.ac.uk

Cyber criminals

More than half of firms in the UK suffered cyber crime in 2003, with the
main perpetrators being their own staff. Research by IT security company Cyber
Protect found senior managers were the main culprits.  www.cyberprotect.co.uk

Work-life balance

A DTI survey has revealed that eight in 10 employees would love to spend
more time with friends and family in 2004, if only they could balance their
work and lives more effectively.  www.dti.gov.uk

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