Previous Article Next Article This week’s guruTurning a deaf ear to vociferous pointsTony Blair was not the only one given a ‘headache’ by the unions at the TUCconference. Guru was irritated by the decibels bellowing from the hardliners. While theymight have a point about Iraq, private sector involvement in the public sector,pensions, employment law, etc, their noise denied Guru a post-prandial powernap on the first day. In the end, Tony Young, the president of the conference, had to makerepeated appeals to the likes of Bob Crow and Mick Rix of the railway unions toreduce the volume to prevent those with hearing aids from being deafened. Fortunately, Guru improvised by stuffing the promotional material for thenext two motions in either ear, and was soon snoring like a train. Going to work is just child’s playA Scottish company has turned its staff social room into a playground,complete with giant chess board, golf course and PlayStation terminals. Malcolm Bushell, who owns Ingenico Fortronic, believes the playground willmake his 170 staff work harder. They can play golf on the six-hole puttinggreen, or test out a giant Scalextrix set, or just relax in the garden withsoothing fountains. The facilities are part of a £1m investment at the company, which designsand develops electronic payment terminals. Guru has some concerns about theplayground initiative. Staff could develop some unhealthy rivalries on the PlayStation and games ofkiss chase could lead to some messy employment tribunal claims. Lego’s seriously fancy brickworkGuru has always been fairly open-minded when it comes to develop-ments insenior management training, but he draws the line somewhere. Earlier this year, the latest word in corporate training was through virtualhelicopter attack pods, allowing executive teams to carry out joint operationsagainst a common virtual enemy. But the high-tech approach seems to have goneout the window with the arrival of a slightly different management developmenttool – Lego. Lego Serious Play claims to be the first application of Lego for the seriousworld of adults at work. Apparently the aim is for staff to ‘unlock their creativepotential’ by building models to understand how their business works.Consultancy Executive Discovery is working together with the Lego Group totrain firms such as Alcatel, Daimler-Chrysler and Nokia. Guru, who was referredto a child psychiatrist after some of his early Lego experiments ended in the(accidental) death of his pet goldfish Cousteau, will be steering well clear. It’s back to school for work-life balanceWhen Guru parachutes in to rescue the management team of oneFTSE 100 company or another, he is always supremely confident of histrouble-shooting capabilities. But as many senior business figures find, a superiorunderstanding of strategy and management does not necessarily help you to dealwith your own family. However, Guru has now been informed that boarding schools arecatering for parents who work long hours. A survey shows that half of thefamilies using boarding schools live within 30 minutes drive. Furthermore, many of these schools are providing occasionalboarding facilities for “parents who might have to attend a conference fora few days or have regular work commitments in the evening,” claims aspokesperson for the Boarding Schools Association. Now that is what Guru calls work-life balance. GuruOn 17 Sep 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.