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first_imgThis week’s guruConcern for morale as Mr Mean takes chargeGuru is concerned that one of the latest books on management is advocatingstaff reduction and cost cutting as the best way of reacting to the economicdownturn. The CIPD urges employers to think long term and to cut jobs as a last resortor risk losing out when the economy picks up. But Mr Mean’s Guide to Management, which has already sold 25,000 copies,seems to advocate a more traditional approach. In the book, Mr Mean sacks Mr Funny after introducing a no-joke policy anddispenses with company cars, forcing sales reps to make their way toappointments on skateboards. Guru is concerned that staff morale could suffer following Mr Funny’sdeparture and would probably have given him the benefit of a written warning. But Guru would have got rid of that layabout Mr Lazy as well as Mr Greedy,whose ridiculous expense claims have no doubt forced Mr Mean into cutting costsin the first place. In or out – who gives a shirt? Postal workers in Hampshire are threatening to go on strike to defend theirright to wear their shirts untucked. They are supporting a group of postmen who broke a rule stating that allshirts should be tucked into trousers. A spokesman for Consignia said it was beyond belief that workers would considerstrike action over such an issue. The union denies the claim is childish and highlights the fact that postmenin other parts of the country can walk around with their shirts untucked. Guru has every sympathy. He remembers having a similar argument with hismummy when he was eight. All the other boys were allowed to let their shirtshang out, but Guru’s was firmly tucked into his shorts before school everymorning. Oh, how he stamped his feet. Pilot perk cuts are hard cheese BA pilots may be big cheeses at 30,000 feet, but they will no longer be ableto celebrate the fact with a slice of Stilton. The traditional perks for pilots including cheeseboards, fruit trays andbaked potato snacks are for the chop at BA as part of its cost cutting exercisepost-11 September. While pilots will still be treated to the meals served to businesspassengers in BA’s Club Class, many are upset at the loss of their daily intakeof Red Leicester. Some have even contacted their union. Sensibly, pilot union Balpa is unsympathetic. A spokesperson said, “Wefelt it was more important to save jobs than to save the cheeseboard.” Staff admit they don’t do office dosAs many companies cancel or scaledown their Christmas party plans because of the uncertain economic climate,many employees are breathing a loud sigh of relief. Research reveals that a fifth of employees would rather notsocialise at all with people from work. Guru is not surprised, given some of their antics highlightedby the jobs.telegraph.co.uk survey of 1,000 people aged over 16. It finds that20 per cent have been caught canoodling with a colleague, 5 per cent confess tothrowing punches during the celebration and a similar proportion admit takingtheir clothes off. Fifteen per cent say they most dread meeting the officeletch at the company party and 19 per cent believe the event would be markedlyimproved if the boss didn’t attend.On the plus side, nearly a quarter said they had met theirfuture spouse or partner at the office festive bash. GuruOn 4 Dec 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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