Monthly Archives: April 2008

Marek has gone home

Not long ago the papers were complaining about the impact of large scale immigration from Eastern Europe. Now, there are fears that the Poles and others are heading for home as the exchange rate and the UK’s economy make working here … Continue reading

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Youth of today

Once again, one of Laurie Ruettimann’s posts has left me struggling with North American nomenclature. A Valedictorian is, apparently, the student who makes the final speech at the graduation ceremony. There is, it seems, a whole palaver surrounding the election or selection of … Continue reading

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Tribal Business

Bad luck, folks, I haven’t been run over by a bus, I just had a breakdown in communication with my ISP which made them think I wanted to cancel my account. All sorted now and no harm done. This book review in … Continue reading

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Bad News

Via HR Zone I discovered HR with Guts. What a great title for a blog. This piece on giving bad news caught my eye. As Jan Hills says, most of the training managers are given on this subject focuses on dealing with … Continue reading

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Want to impress your in-laws? Don’t get a job in HR!

I always spell her name wrong at the first attempt but, even so, Laurie Reuttiman’s blog is always good for a funny story. This one made me laugh. Years ago, before I was married, my father-in-law asked me, “What is Human Resources? What do you … Continue reading

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The banks must be made to feel pain

Earlier this week, the bosses of banks like HSBC, Barclays, HBOS and RBS, together with leading investment bankers and hedge fund managers, trooped in to see Gordon Brown and demanded that the government ‘do something’ about the credit crunch. Sure … Continue reading

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A scientist’s anti-HR rant

These HR-is-rubbish articles seem to be coming thick and fast. The most recent, published in last Thursday’s Times Higher Education, was written by David Colquhoun, a professor of pharmacology at University College London. He accuses HR of peddling gobbledegook and … Continue reading

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Deathbed advice to managers

I’m a bit late with this but I didn’t discover Etienne’s Happy Employee blog until yesterday. A few months ago, he asked the question, what are the 5 things you would say to the managers in your company if you were just … Continue reading

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A world without HR

Here we go again. Another What’s-The-Point-Of-HR? post. This one is from a Human Resources manager in Geneva who blogs at The Happy Employee. Here is his challenge – What would happen in a world without HR? Within an instant all HR professionals … Continue reading

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Business problem pages

Have you noticed that every quality newspaper seems to have a business agony uncle or aunt now? The FT has Lucy Kellaway and the Guardian has least three columnists dispensing management advice. Most of the problems discussed in these columns are not about marketing or finance … Continue reading

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