first_imgGuruOn 1 May 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article This week’s guruActor robbed of job for delivering too muchGuru knows only too well the price you pay for being too good at your job. Take actor Mick Lewis, whose services are no longer required at the YorkDungeon because he was too scary. To stifle boredom, Mick spiced up his role as Dick Turpin’s executioner.Unfortunately, he ended up terrifying tourists, leaving kids screaming andwomen in tears. “It was a perfect place to scare the pants off people,” said Mick.”Most people liked it but my bosses told me to tone it down.” With a hangman’s noose around his neck and a dead rat on his shoulder, herecounted dark stories to his “victims”. But Mick became the victimwhen he forgot to tone it down. Guru bets Sir Anthony Hopkins didn’t have the same problems on the set ofHannibal. “Tony love, let’s try Ribena instead of Chianti, OK?” This work thing is a bit of a ritual Apparently, employees are more productive if they undertake daily ritualssuch as wearing a favourite tie, drinking from the same mug or even using thesame toilet. Research by recruitment agency Office Angels found that office rituals makepeople more confident and productive. Half of those surveyed always use the same toilet even if they have to waitfor it to become vacant and three out of four reward themselves with a treatsuch as a chocolate for completing their least favourite task. Guru agrees habits are important in the workplace. He finds it hard toconcentrate if he doesn’t arrive at the office at least half-an-hour late,takes a two-hour coffee break and makes 20 personal phone calls before lunch(You’re sacked – editor). Height of work- life balance? There is no doubt that work-life balance is easier to achieve with the helpof e-technology. Scottish businessman Michael Jackson plans to stay in touch with his outdoorclothing business when he climbs to the summit of K2 by sending the highestever e-mail. If Jackson succeeds he will earn a place in The Guinness Book of Records forhis e-mail with altitude. Guru is very impressed but suggests he holds on tight as he hits the sendbutton. “Look mum no hands…” It is at moments like these that work-life balance becomes particularlycritical. Recession-teller is just the ticketOK, hands up those who think we’re entering a recession.  So it’s about fifty-fifty then.Guru has used a complex combination of indicators to assess whether the UKis entering the next recession.  It involvesjob losses, business confidence, pay deals, inflation, star signs and dice.This equation doesn’t include the sales of train tickets, as recommended byone leading HR consultant.  This expertin human capital believes that the current fall in sales of season tickets is asure sign of impending recession.  This increasein daily ticket sales suggests more short-term contract work – a sign that thebusinesses are gearing up for the plunge.But perhaps we’re overlooking the obvious here – perhaps it’s more to dowith the parlous state of our rail network than being any harbinger of adownturn. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

ARC acquires Belle Vue and Perry Barr

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Arena Racing Company (ARC) has strengthened its commitment to greyhound racing, after confirming the acquisition of both Perry Barr and Belle Vue greyhound stadia from the Greyhound Racing Association (GRA).The two stadia have been long-standing members of the Bookmakers Afternoon Greyhound Service (BAGS) to betting shops. Manchester-based Belle Vue and Perry Barr in Birmingham host 103 and 208 BAGS fixtures annually. The new agreement is therefore expected to host approximately 50% of the 1619 annual BAGS fixtures at ARC-owned stadia – which also includes Newcastle and Sunderland. ARC Group Corporate Development Director Kevin Robertson said: “We are delighted to have reached agreement with GRA to bring Perry Barr and Belle Vue into the ARC group.  We have a strong commitment to invest in British Greyhounds, and we look forward to working with the teams at both Belle Vue and Perry Barr.”Both Belle Vue and Perry Barr have both been in partnership with The Racing Partnership (TRP) since 1 January 2018.Chairman of GRA, Clive Feltham, added: “It’s been a pleasure running GRA having been involved for forty years.“I am delighted to be handing over Belle Vue and Perry Barr to a professional and progressive company in ARC.  I have had some great people working for me and attached to the stadia and I am sure they will continue to do a fantastic job under new owners.”The future of Belle Vue has long been under review, following controversial plans proposed by the Manchester City Council to build houses on the historic site. Having first been built in 1926, the infrastructure is synonymous with the Belle Vue area and is one of the country’s oldest and most well regarded greyhound stadiums. Related Articles ARC temporarily suspends ‘uneconomical’ Belle Vue meetings  June 10, 2020 Submit ARC confirms Belle Vue closure August 3, 2020 ARC continues financial support for greyhound trainers during COVID-19 shutdown April 15, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

San Jose Sharks can’t catch a break this year on video reviews

first_imgSAN JOSE — The Sharks just can’t catch a break this season when it comes to official reviews.Friday night against the Winnipeg Jets, a review by the NHL’s Situation Room cost the Sharks the chance to take the lead in a game for the first time in a week.After Barclay Goodrow scored at the 3:18 mark of the second period to tie the game 1-1, the Sharks thought they had the go-ahead goal as Evander Kane chipped one past Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck at the side of the net.But the Jets challenged …last_img read more