first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. This week’s guruVirgin on the ridiculousAn employment tribunal has found in favour of an opera company, which chosenot to have an eight-month pregnant soprano in the role of a teenage virgin. The tribunal decided that it was a genuine occupational requirement to notlook eight months pregnant to play the role. Guru assumed this was a victory for common sense, but according to JonathanChamberlain, partner at law firm Wragge and Co, the decision was not sostraightforward. “In this age of enlightened outlooks on discrimination and withintegrated casting, where the audience is often asked to suspend theirdisbelief, the claim may not be so outrageous,” he said. “Would the owners of a nightclub who required waitresses to wearrevealing uniforms have a genuine occupational requirement that a waitress notappear pregnant or be discriminating on the ground of pregnancy?” Delia-like effort gets you the jobInnovative German businesses believethey have found the ultimate test of assessing how potential recruits workunder pressure – put them in a kitchen and ask them to cook a risotto.Dresdner Bank recently selected three new staff after seeinghow eight shortlisted candidates interacted when they cooked a meal together.Recruitment firm Talent Networks has even built a ‘recruitmentkitchen’ at its Frankfurt headquarters.The firm uses conventional selection tests to choose the top 10applicants who are then invited to put their skills to test in the kitchen.HR managers in the client companies attend each session.”There is no better place to test executive skills than in thekitchen,” said a Talent Network manager.Heavy petting encourages workers to pull fingers outApparently the key to improvingproductivity is not improved training and development and state-of-the-arttechnology, but nice office decoration and the purchase of a workplace pet.Research by Office Angels finds that the office environment hasa direct impact on performance.The study reveals that staff think having a pet parrot orhamster at work would make them happier and more efficient.More than four out of five of the 1,500 workers questionedbelieve the atmosphere in their office would also be improved with more naturallight and better decoration.Guru will be suggesting that the TUC and the CBI teams workingtogether to find ways to boost the UK’s poor productivity simply contact CarolSmillie and the Changing Rooms team.Cut corners with Mickey MouseGuru was horrified to learn thatbusiness expense fraud costs UK organisations £831m every year.Research by Fish4jobs finds that expenses fraud and small-scalepilfering is rife in offices up and down the country. The study reveals a casewhere an employee took all his dry cleaning on an office trip so he couldcharge it to his employer.One senior buyer took his children to Disneyland at hiscompany’s expense and a business consultant extended his stay at London’s Savoyon the company credit card.Guru is quite sensitive about the issue – the MD compared hismost recent expense claim to the GDP of a small African nation – but you can’tcut corners with out-of-hours networking. GuruOn 25 Jun 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img

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