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HR Zone Briefing #287 – Smelly Staff; HR Buzzwords Explained


HR Briefing Issue 287 – 16 March 2006

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Editor’s Note
Tackling an employee with poor personal hygiene can cause a real
stink. Find out what happened next when Nikki Brun told a member
of staff that he whiffed like a skunk.

Elsewhere, we’ve got John Mazted, CEO of leading HR recruitment
firm Digby Morgan, discussing whether HR can ever shake off the
cruel accusation that it’s the worst performing business
function, while Sarah Fletcher reveals the “bothersome
buzzwords” filling the HR world with obscure jargon.

Scroll below to find these articles and the latest comment by
Quentin Colborn on whether there’s any value in being ranked in
the Sunday Times top 100 Best Companies To Work For list.

Annie Hayes MCIPD
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Worried about implementing a Home Computer Initiative?
With HR having to spend escalating time on activities relating
to company’s strategic objectives, there is evidently less time
to spend on implementing the various employee benefit schemes
available, so how can you cut down time as well as offer
benefits. Read Fujitsu Siemens, HCI Providers of the Year top
tips on how to implement an HCI.

HR jargon: Bothersome buzzwords
At what point do business metaphors take that slippery slope
into jumbling jargon? Our HR professionals revealed some bizarre
dealings with plastic coatings, ball parks and bus journeys.

From bad to worst: Can HR rise above the taunts?
HR was recently cited by one survey as one of the worst
performing business functions – it even fell below the IT
department in terms of appreciation. So what’s going on? John
Mazted, CEO of Digby Morgan, a leading HR recruitment firm,
presents his thoughts.

Colborn’s Corner: Who’s the best?
This week Quentin Colborn looks at the Sunday Times top 100
companies, and asks “so what?”

HR Practitioner’s Diary: HR eats in Hell’s kitchen
Seasoned HR Consultant Sue Kingston talks about turning around
the fortunes of a food production business on the brink of
failing a safety inspection, dealings with a suicidal chef, the
latest politicking at “South Fork” and more on those vital
weight, chocolate and wine stats.

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Interviews & Comment
What happened next: Dealing with smelly staff!
Discover what happened when member Nikki Brun addressed the bad
body odour of a particularly pungent employee.

HDIGH? Gabrielle de Wardener, HR Director, LMG
Gabrielle de Wardener reveals the secrets of excellent people
management and how to rebuff accusations of “needless
bureaucracy” from HR.

Comment: Working longer and portfolio careers
Roy Gaynor, Managing Director of management consultants’
training and support network Navisys Academy explains why the
notion of a retirement date seems thoroughly meaningless.

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The Couch?! Becomes a self-help guru
Ingenious alternatives for self-help success.

HR Tip: Qualifying for employment protection
“I understand that employees with one year of service acquire
employment protection, that is to say there must be a good
reason for dismissing them. Is there a minimum number of hours
attached to this qualification?”

DVD Review: Religion and Belief
Tanya Cowin reviews this guide to “respecting and accommodating
religion and belief in the workplace”.

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