GuruOn 2 Apr 2002 in Personnel Today This week’s guruSticky-backed plastic addicts need not applyGuru was pleased to learn that the EU wants to introduce a standardisedEuropean CV, which will make it easier for employers to recruit from othercountries. A survey into CVs by recruitment website forum3 shows the introduction of astandard CV format is much overdue. It reveals that some UK jobseekers listirrelevant achievements such as Blue Peter badges among their qualifications. One jobhunter included a picture of his DIY bathroom as evidence of hisinitiative and another sent his half-torn wedding photo to highlight hisdivorced marital status. David Lale, MD of forum3, said: “Many people go into too much depth andhave superficial facts that are simply irrelevant.” Guru agrees but obviously really vital information – like his 1999 TrainSpotter of the Year Award (northern district) – can only help an employer makethe right choice. Skills monopoly which bypass Go The importance of ensuring staff are trained to do all aspects of their jobwas brought home to Guru last week when a flight from Newcastle to a foggyStansted had to be diverted because one of the two pilots was not trained toland when visibility was less than 200 metres. Guru has always been a nervous flyer so sympathises with the passengers whowere understandably unhappy with the situation. A spokesman for Go explained both pilots had to be trained to land in poorvisibility to touch down in fog which was why the plane eventually landed atEast Midlands airport. Guru is not impressed – he would have thought landing in poor visibility isone of the more basic piloting skills for the UK. Teutonic workers caught napping Guru was disappointed to learn that the Nasa research he highlighted lastweek, which claims a 45-minute power nap can significantly boost staffperformance, is already old hat in Germany. Apparently the German Institute for Sleep Research has been arguing thebenefits of siestas for some time. Not only are companies providing quiet areas and sofabeds for staff to laytheir weary heads but apparently Regensburg University has opened a sleepschool to teach employees how to relax. Maybe the German economy is no longer the envy of Europe because ourTeutonic cousins are so busy sleeping or learning how to sleep. Employment rights extend to animalsGuru welcomed plans to extend theWorking Time Regulations to ensure all working animals, excluding police andarmed forces animals, which count as serving officers for the purposes of thelaw, will soon be entitled to regulated work breaks.The current edition of our sister magazine Occupational Healthoutlines the new regulations, which mean keepers and handlers are responsiblefor ensuring their animals receive proper breaks during the working day.All organisations which use working animals will also need tohave an occupational health service or access to one.Under the separate EU Living Animals Directive the word‘mongrel’ should not be used in reference to any cross-bred creature and theterm ‘bitch’ should only be applied to females of certified pedigree.All very sensible Guru thought until the penny dropped and herealised he was reading the 1 April issue of OH magazine. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.