This week’s GuruBBC cost-cutting may really take the biscuitAs the recession starts to spread beyond manufacturing, newspapers arestarting to fill up with stories of cost-cutting at Marconi, BA and so on. But the pick of the bunch is the BBC’s efforts to save £1.5m. It couldresult in BBC biscuit barrels being emptied. Free croissants and taxis are alsoon the hit list. A report by the revenue department shows that the BBC spends £350,000 on teaand coffee and more than £200,000 on biscuits. But it’s unlikely that staffwill benefit from biscuits at the licence fee-payers’ expense for much longer. Elsewhere, the CBI has reportedly found £30,000 to have its logo redesigned.Apparently director general Digby Jones is fed up with it protruding frombehind his head at photocalls so it is being shrunk to a more manageable size. Shamen drive off wardens’ woes If you headed up HR for traffic wardens, how would you help them deal withpsychotic drivers? Maybe an anger management course, kickboxing lessons or evensprint training. Airport Corporation of America (APCOA), which operates Edinburgh’s trafficwarden service, has opted for tribal shamen. The shamen will help wardens copewith angry drivers by helping them get in touch with the spirit world. It’s an attempt to stem the flow of staff leaving, as over the past twoyears, 30 wardens have left and several more have complained of stress fromirate drivers unhappy with their fines. Guru fancies a bit of shamanic training – which puts people in touch with aspiritual “power animal” that provides protection – but faced with anirate white van man, would prefer a voodoo doll and a collection of large pins.Your dream job may be out there An increasingly eccentric bunch of job-seekers are scouring the Net forgainful employment. Of the 6 million job searches made in the past month at fish4jobs.co.ukthere were searches for positions of porn star, professional skateboarder,layabout and cake taster. Guru sympathises with the latter, but has no time for the 1,000 people whospelt the job they want wrongly. “Secretary” was a tough one with 110people making a mistake. But apparently people after unusual roles should not give up – positions oftarot card reader and lap dancer, for example, have been advertised. Facial hair maketh men of policeMoustaches are being viewed as the answer to law and order in India. Policechiefs in the Indian region of Assam are paying their men to grow hugemoustaches in the fight against crime and terrorism.Officers get 15 rupees (21p) extra pay a month and are considered forpromotion more readily because senior police believe it makes male officerslook more manly and authoritative.The “cash for a tache” scheme could be introduced for trafficwardens in Scotland to strike fear into rampaging drivers, but Guru feels thatfemale wardens might have a thing or two to say about it. BBC cost-cutting may really take the biscuitOn 11 Sep 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed.