Monthly Archives: March 2007

Adam Smith

The new £20 note, bearing the picture of Adam Smith, was launched today. Despite being the son of a civil servant and spending most of his life in academia, Smith still saw fit to advise the owners of the new industrial enterprises … Continue reading

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White woman claims she was harassed by jokes about black people

Here’s an odd story. Pat Gravell, who worked for five years at Bexley Council, is taking her former employers to court for racial harassment. She claims that jokes about black people were sent to her by email and that her colleagues frequently made racist remarks … Continue reading

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A holiday on ice

I suppose this was inevitable.  The Guardian tells us that 67 corporate executives were taken on a tour of the Antarctic, ostensibly to develop teamwork and an environmental conscience.  The story is almost beyond parody.  The training was led by motivational speaker Robert … Continue reading

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Least likely to say….

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More women quitting the corporate world

PricewaterhouseCoopers has just released a report showing that the number of women in senior positions in FTSE 350 companies has dropped by 40% in the last five years. The firm’s head of diversity, Sarah Churchman, was interviewed about the survey’s findings on Radio … Continue reading

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HR – An Appraisal

I will definitely watch this evening’s comedy on BBC4, Tight Spot: HR – An Appraisal, which is about people getting into trouble at work and trying to cover it up.    Gareth McLean, reviewing the programme for the Guardian, says: As anyone who … Continue reading

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Film review

Hot Fuzz – wait until it’s on TV.

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Breaking the tyranny of the email inbox

Colin Campbell has a list of twelve suggestions for coping with your overflowing email inbox.  He got them from an American executive coach. When I was a kid, an executive coach was something you would have gone on for a day-trip to Blackpool. … Continue reading

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The work dress-code nightmare

The subject of what to wear at work is never far from the news. Some people were banging on about it on BBC1’s breakfast news programme yesterday. I’ve no idea who they were as I was in the gym at the … Continue reading

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Making a twat of yourself at a conference

Why do team away days so often include severe embarrassment? If the wretched ‘facilitators’ haven’t already asked you to do something ridiculous, you can be sure that some people will get drunk at the evening social and make fools of themselves. I’m not sure what happened at … Continue reading

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