This week’s news in brief

Insurer trips up over claim

An insurance worker has won compensation from her employer after she tripped and fell over a pile of accident claim forms. Underwriter Linda Riley reached an out-of-court settlement last week after claiming 5,000 in damages against Norwich Union’s parent company Aviva.

Thursday is the worst day

HR professionals in companies around the world are least productive on a Thursday, according to new research. Only 4% said it was their most productive day, closely followed by Fridays (5%). The start of the week is the best time for HR professionals, with 18% claiming to be productive on a Monday and 15% on a Tuesday. More than half (55%) said they were not productive every day of the week.

£2,000 prize on offer

Personnel Today has teamed up with Socpo to offer a pair of ‘golden tickets’ worth more than £1,000 each to the public sector HR body’s annual conference in Brighton. The tickets include free entry to the conference – which plays host to big names such as Michael Portillo and Sir Digby Jones  – as well as accommodation. 

The Society of Personnel Officers in Government Services’ annual conference and exhibition runs from 29 to 31 March 2006. To win two tickets to the event for all three days, including accommodation (a prize worth more than £2,000), e-mail and summarise in a maximum of 150 words the biggest issue facing public sector HR. Angela O’Connor and Personnel Today’s editor Karen Dempsey will judge the best answers. If you’re feeling tongue-tied, to book your place at the event visit


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