Monthly Archives: December 2008

The last Woolies Christmas

At the Personnel Today awards night last month, there was a team from Woolworths up for one of the awards. As is usual at these events, everyone clapped their friends enthusiastically, while giving only polite applause to people they didn’t know. … Continue reading

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Is the sacking of Sharon Shoesmith legal?

To the delight of many, including the local MP, Sharon Shoesmith has been sacked by Haringey Council. According to the council’s press release, she was dismissed without compensation or pay in lieu of notice. Now, as any HR manager or employment lawyer will … Continue reading

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The dreaded D-word

Here’s Nobel prize-winning economist Paul Krugman writing in yesterday’s Guardian: The world economy is not in depression; it probably won’t fall into depression, despite the magnitude of the current crisis (although I wish I was completely sure about that). So … Continue reading

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Mergers and organisational culture

Now here’s a man after my own heart. Tata’s Ajoy Mukherjee reckons you should get your HR people involved as early as possible when planning a merger and that you should pay particular attention to organisational culture. Due diligence can involve … Continue reading

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Payback time

The government has announced that, from this week: Branded high-visibility jackets must be worn by offenders carrying out work on community payback projects. Jack Straw rejected criticisms that this amounted to medieval justice: What this is about is enabling the … Continue reading

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Talking sales with Jeremy and Geoff

Yesterday, I went to one of Jeremy Jacobs’s seminars. The subject was the thorny issue of selling and the fact that most of us are crap at it. OK, Jeremy didn’t exactly say that; he’s far too polite. But when … Continue reading

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Darling plans to cut public sector HR costs

Personnel Today’s Greg Pitcher has been reading through last week’s budget report and has discovered that Alistair Darling has a few tricks up his sleeve to pay for his VAT giveaway and his massive bank bailouts. As well as the … Continue reading

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Queen caption

At the weekend, the Guardian printed this wonderful portrait of the Queen by Chris Levine. It’s almost crying out for a caption. My suggestion is below. “Twenty…..Five….Fucking……Million!!”

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Investment bankers drop down the dating league-table

Priyanka, who writes the vGossip blog, reckons there will be a shift in the hierarchy of professions when it comes to eligibility for marriage. Citigroup, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan, Rothschild, Goldman Sachs, ABN Amro, HSBC and Deutsche Bank … Continue reading

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