Previous Article Next Article GuruOn 14 Jan 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. This week’s guruAll downhill from now onThe rumour on the street is that our leaders at the CIPD are going downhill.Not in their vitally important work – you understand – but in their headoffice location. The institute is moving from its lofty Wimbledon villageoffices, to another building in the town. The main street could become something of a battleground with just a fewyards of tarmac separating the chartered institute from the CommunicationsWorkers Union. The unique new location could inspire some drama during meetings, andtele-conferencing will never be the same again – the new HQ is in the old Odeoncinema. Guru will hand out prizes for the best suggestions of film titles thatbest sum up the CIPD’s role with the profession. Gurus actions speak louder than wordsGuru has never been shy about using expressive gestures to embellish a pointbeing made by his darting intellect. However, he is now seriously consideringtoning down some of his mannerisms after a seeing a study which reveals thathis unconventional body language could harm his career. Research by Goldsmiths College at the University of London has discoveredthat body language ‘appropriate to your gender’ is an important factor in theway potential employees are received. Women who adopt more ‘feminine’ behaviour, such as looking away and noddingat an interviewer, tend to be rated more highly than those females who havemasculine traits. However, men who make direct eye contact with the interviewer and fiddleless are rated better than other male candidates. Guru finds it difficult to rein in his natural expressiveness – he blames iton his great great grandmother’s affair with an Italian fruit seller. Tea bags reputation for inspiring violenceThe good old English cuppa is the source of a surprising amount of badfeeling in the workplace. Research reveals that one-in-four employees are riledby colleagues who shirk their tea-making duties. More than half of the 500 people interviewed by Pertemps regard those whofail to pull their weight in the office kitchen as rude and anti-social –especially if they happily accept hot beverages provided by other workers. Other common causes of office tension include noisy individuals, people whofail to return borrowed scissors or staples, and untidiness. Pertemps’ chairman Tim Watts said: “Tempers are running high in theworkplace and even seemingly trivial incidents can trigger conflict amongcolleagues.” Guru is only too aware of how touchy people can be at work after his requestto have his Earl Grey tea bag squeezed slightly and left to brew for longer inthe cup seemed to provoke the kind man who does the office tea run to shout”Aarghh” and repeatedly bang his head against the wall. ‘Sick’ women faking it to get the sympathy voteMen claim they are far more likely than women to carry on as normal if theycatch colds or flu, according to an investigation by nasal remedy specialistVicks Sinex. A survey of 1,200 people reveals that 81 per cent of women pretend to feelworse than they actually are to get sympathy from their partners. Men, on the other hand, tough it out, with 57 per cent of men claiming thatthey ignore their symptoms, real or imagined, and battle on like the bravesoldiers we all know they really are. A spokesman for Vicks Sinex said: “On average the results show thatwomen are taking far more time off work than their male counterparts – whetherthey are true or ‘pretend’ illnesses.” However, when Guru informed Mrs Guru that the research findings meant thather recent complaints about a sore throat and blocked nose were probablyexaggerated he received a slap and was told to sleep in the spare room for aweek. Comments are closed.