first_imgThis week’s guruOld Bill becomes sick bill – and HR cops itCompensation culture is no joking matter, with the Ministry of Defencefacing a £97m bill last year. While Guru accepts that many soldiers deserve sizable payments the figuresare becoming ridiculous. One of our finest received £387,000 for negligenttreatment of warts. Last week, police officers involved in the Bradford race riots threatened tolaunch a multi-million pound damages claim against the force. Having bricksthrown at you is not a nice job, but it is part of the job. While Guru recently suggested that few trainee HR staff want to grow up tomanage train drivers, the same will soon apply to the police. With sickness andmedical retirement costing the force more than £200m a year and each officertaking 11.5 days off sick a year on average, HR has its work cut out. Paddling by lilois the easy part Guru is concerned at the desperate attempts asylum seekers are making to getto Britain. Last week, two exhausted Lithuanians were rescued in the Channel asthey attempted to paddle to England on kids’ lilos. The pair would have thought twice about this voyage had they known that whenthey arrived there was little chance of finding a decent job – even if theywere genuine cases and highly skilled. After residing in the UK for six months,they would have to gather all sorts of paperwork to prove they were eligible towork, the employment service would struggle to match their skills to jobs andpotential employers would be tied up in red tape. At least Personnel Today’s Refugees in Employment Campaign is trying to makeit easier for firms to tap a pool of skilled, productive labour. The heat turnson Mayor Ken The Mayor of London should remind himself of the saying about throwingstones when you live in a glass house. While the Greater London Authority isencouraging City employers to introduce solar energy into new buildings, itsnew City Hall is yet to have solar panels included in its plans. And anofficial report leaked last week warned that the glass building on the SouthBank that will act as Ken Livingstone’s HQ could suffer from sick building syndrome,glare and high humidity in the summer, leading to staff absenteeism. Take note Ken, PPP isn’t the only issue on the agenda.Tell me why, I don’t like wednesdaysPlenty of popular beat combos have criticised Monday (Boomtown Rats, Mamasand Papas, the Bangles). Few have picked on Wednesday. For employers this is a dangerous day of the week, according to research which has found that Wednesday is when disgruntled staff look fornew jobs. The solution? HR should introduce a regular midweek lunch to boost moraleand turn Wednesday into a feedback day – in other words say nice things aboutyour staff. Managers are also advised to save good news – bonuses, promotions,a dog-walking scheme – for a midweek briefing, and should lay on a perk, suchas a massage at the desk or a breakfast. If none of these appeal, have a word with IT and make sure the system goesdown on a Wednesday afternoon. GuruOn 7 Aug 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img

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