first_imgGuruOn 12 Nov 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. This week’s guruSweet smell of success for tall talesGuru had a great night at the Personnel Today Awards 2002. There wasfabulous food, drink, dancing – oh yes – and some excellent examples of bestpractice HR. There was just one problem: everyone seemed to find Ricky Gervais, aka TheOffice’s David Brent, hilarious for his off-the-wall comments on managementspeak. Guru didn’t find anything unusual about his comments (“It is usefulthat cats have nine lives – it makes them ideal for experimentation”). Hehas heard a lot worse from former managers. Disciples clearly agree. We are being peppered with spicy, real-life‘Brentisms’ in our competition to win copies of the TV show’s script. Tact anddiplomacy are clearly absent from many managers’ repertoires. Regular reader Lucy informs Guru that a previous manager had to tell anemployee they were smelly. After getting the team together the manager asked:”If you do not smell put your hand up.” Everyone raised their hands,but the manager pointed at the culprit, and said: “I am afraid that youhave answered incorrectly.” HR manager Jeremy tells us that when he was visiting a regional manager, hemade a couple of astute operational observations and offered a solution to theproblem. The regional manager leaned over, knocked on his head three times andsaid: “You’ve got quite a good little mind in there, and you could addvalue – if only you would let people in more.” But Guru’s current favourite is from Liz, who overheard her boss talking toa customer on the phone. He said, in all seriousness: “Look, let’s not getinto an argument – you’ll disagree with my point of view, and I know I’mright.” Headache bill will be tough Act to swallowHow manyheadaches has the Data Protection Act caused for HR?The answer is a lot. The Lord Chancellor’s department (LCD) iscurrently reviewing the Information Commission’s implementation and askingemployers for their experiences – such as charging staff to access personalinformation, and appropriate response times. Many will be hoping the reviewwill lead to change and help make it easier for employers to implement.The LCD may also look at the Information Commission’s decision,in its code of practice, to make employers separate the reason for absence fromthe amount of time off taken.Guru was intrigued to find out more about the remit of thereview so he put in a call to the Lord Chancellor, but the person steering theproject was off work… ill. Guru trusts his records will be managed perfectly.RealGo getters must get on board for jobsGuru hasalways been a terrible at board games. Chess, bridge, Pokemon – he’s lost tohis children at all of them.So, getting a job in Thailand looks out of the question.Supermarket chain 7-Eleven is using a 4,000-year-old Chinese board game todecide whether job applicants make the grade. Go is a game of strategy in whichplayers have to win territory. Played on a square board with 361 black andwhite stones, chief executive Korsak Chairasmisak is convinced it shows who thebest team players are.The company has even set up a Go club where staff can sharpentheir skills and recruit and coach other employees. So far, about 1,000 of thecompany’s 20,000 workers have learned the game.Having road-tested a long list of online recruitment systemsrecently, Guru thinks it might be easier to learn an ancient board game to geta job. But, surely a quick round or two of fizz-buzz down the local wouldseparate the wheat from the chaff? Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

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