Thisweek’s guruTescoin a flap about pets, hens and ducksFowllanguage is definitely off limits at Tesco. A new code of etiquette means thatsupermarket staff are no longer allowed to call female customers “hen” or “duck”. After complaints from customers, managershave been told that they have to replace local terms with formal greetings. But the customers themselves appear to bebemused by the move. “Some starchyfolk want to be called madam or sir. That will not go down with Yorkshirefolk,” said one. Being called “pet” byDoris on checkout 25 is better than one disciple’s recent experience. Theletter was addressed to the HR director and started “Dear Human”. Buya chin with Street credibility Astrong chin is the latest status symbol on Wall Street. It costs £1,800 to place the implants and isaccompanied by neck liposuction to enhance the jawline. The patient is back atwork the next day, jutting out his jaw like Gordon Gekko. It comes as no surprise that Michael Douglasand Arnold Schwarzenegger have the chins that are most in demand. One leading plastic surgeon explained thatpeople with weak chins are portrayed in films and on TV as embezzlers or havingweak characters, and this has led to the new craze. And, just for the record, top plastic surgeons claim a perfectchin is one where a vertical line can be dropped from the lower lip to thebottom of the chin, balancing the nose and mouth without elongating the upperface.NewHR threat to stamp-collecting Thoseclever lawyer-types at Eversheds have created just the thing for HRprofessionals who want to take their work home with them. They have developed a board game called theEmployment Challenge, which tests players’ knowledge of HR issues. It’s a cross between Monopoly and TrivialPursuit with players advancing around the board according to the number of HRquestions they answer correctly. So,smart alecs, have a go at this one: If John Smith were dismissed on 1 December,by which date would the tribunal need to have received his application for aclaim of unfair dismissal? Guru willnot patronise his disciples by giving the answer – he knows you know – andconcedes that the game definitely edges ahead of philately in the intereststakes.We’renot out of the Woods yet…Expertsare claiming that Tiger Woods is having a major impact on the US economy.Apparently, every time the world’s greatest golfer steps up to a competitiontee, the New York stock market rises. The New York Post’s figures reveal thatthe Dow Jones Industrial Average has gone up following Woods’ last 18 UStournaments. The Dow fell by 20 per cent earlier this year but still increasedevery Monday after Woods played, even if he lost. Many believe it is due to afeel-good factor among wealthy fans. Fortunately, there doesn’t appear to be arelationship between the English football team and the FTSE. Guru doesn’t thinkwe could survive a Black Wednesday at least six times a year. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. GuruOn 22 May 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.