first_img Previous Article Next Article GuruOn 19 Feb 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. This week’s guruFO keeps meter running to top the taxi rankingGuru is impressed by KPMG’s new policy of allowing staff to sign offexpenses – it is set to save the company £1m a year. That is, of course, assuming staff don’t become as obsessed with taxis asthose at the Foreign Office. They spent £378,000 on cabs in just eight monthslast year. The Cabinet Office only managed a paltry £135,391 between 2000 and2001. Guru can imagine the conversation between the cab driver and the Whitehallmandarin: “So mate, it’s first left at the traffic lights, third exit atthe roundabout and then straight on to Tel Aviv.” Minister can’t always be on the winning side The Employment Bill has been welcomed by employers and staff alike andemployment relations minister Alan Johnson would appear to have the Midas touch(News, 12 February). This does not, however, extend to the football team he supports. Before anaudience with Guru, Johnson was cursing the fortunes of his other lifelonglove, Queens Park Rangers. Not only is the club in serious financial troubleand barred from any transfer activity while in administration, but it hasagreed a ground-share deal with arch London rival Fulham. Guru will not be inviting Johnson to grace the corporate hospitality box athis beloved Shrimpers, as even the minister’s constituency team Hull are on alosing streak, languishing in the depths of the Third Division. Filming takes drugs tests a wee bit too far Personnel Today research last summer revealed a third of employers wereconsidering the introduction of drink and drugs testing at work. While this sent shockwaves through the sector, they didn’t reach Australia.To our antipodean cousins, drugs and alcohol testing is small beer. A miningcompany in Queensland has started filming staff as they give urine samples tomake sure there are no underhand happenings. “Our employees work with heavy equipment and hot metal in anunderground environment. We cannot afford to have staff adversely affected byalcohol, illicit or prescription drugs, or fatigue,” said Mount Isa Mines’operations manager. Employees who test positive for drugs will be put on a rehabilitationprogramme, or funded through drama school. Females enjoy the finer detail in lifeGuru likes a big night out. But whileextremely talented in the skill of free thought, Guru is often let down by thelogistical detail required. That is why he was glad to hear that women are spending up to11 working days each year on planning nights out.The research by Archers Schnapps also shows that men are as badbut are more spontaneous and use quicker communication methods, such as textmessages and e-mail. The psychologist behind the report claims women are excited bythe lengthy planning process, or ‘be-foreplay’, and likens it to theirattitudes to sex. Guru would not like to hazard a guess at why men adopt ahair-trigger approach.    Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more