first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Thisweek’s guru column.Nothanks, I couldn’t manage another wordAftera long day at the office there is nothing Guru likes better than to leafthrough his favourite books on management theory. But, apparently, Guru is inthe minority. Only 13 per cent of professionals read in the evening to relax,according to research. One-fifthswitches on the TV and watches shows such as Inspector Morse, Match of the Day,Frasier and Ally McBeal to unwind. Eight per cent listen to music and 6 percent drink. Itappears that well-off women over the age of 40 have got the best techniques forrelaxation – they indulge in baths, facials and chocolate.  Vickyserves up some team spiritWhilewe’re on the subject of names (see cartoon), a woman named after the entire1974 Liverpool football team has landed a job at Anfield.Shewas christened Victoria Shankly Clemence Smith Lyndsay Thompson Cormack HughesKeegan Hall Heighway Toshack Callaghan Lawler Edwards after Liverpool won the1974 FA Cup Final. She will work in catering at the club, and the 26-year-oldexplains that it is a dream come true for her father.Asa “Shrimpers” fan, Guru considered calling his first born after the mostsuccessful Southend Utd team in living memory, then realised that there hasn’tbeen one.Jimmembership (or Jane) is lureGuruaccepts that in a competitive job market it is vital to offer potential staffexcellent employee benefits, but surely the city of San Francisco has gone toofar. Thepublic authority is now offering health insurance plans worth $33,000 (£22,407)to cover sex-change operations for its employees. Funnily enough, it’s a first.Apparentlyorganising an affinity deal for employees with a couple of local gyms justwasn’t enough. He’sthe Welsh soloist bar nunThehills were alive with the sound of HR directors singing their favourite tunesfrom The Sound of Music at a conference late last month. Well, there was anexcuse for it – the conference, or more grandly-named HR Summit, was takingplace in the beautiful Swiss town of Montreux. Thenames of the very senior HR professionals had probably better remain underclosely guarded wraps (you know who you are) but Guru was very impressed with acertain singer who happened to be Welsh and the personnel director of a leadingmedia company.TomJones had better watch out – there is clearly a new kid on the block.  Imagineer!Obscure titles that win the dayTherewere many great titles to choose from in Personnel Today’s bizarre job namecompetition. Guru almost changed his title to creative director of the world,as one executive in a cosmetics firm is called, or imagineer, which pretentiousperformance consultants call themselves.Butthe second prize of a bottle of bubbly had to go to Ian Townsend, currentlydevelopment manager at Disability Matters (nothing funny there), but who onceheld the title of teacher in charge of wet playtime.Therecan only be one winner. Two bottles of bubbly go to Alan James. As thepersonnel director, he is currently looking for someone to fill the position ofdirector of the centre for pentecostal and charismatic studies [part-time] atthe University of Wales, Bangor. Comments are closed. GuruOn 13 Mar 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more