GuruOn 5 Jun 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article This week’s guruRunning the country? That’s just the day jobDo you remember the Blairs’ public spat over parental leave? Well, you’ll bepleased to know that Tony has managed to balance his home and work commitmentsfollowing Leo’s birth. At the Opportunity Now awards in London last week, Cherie Blair told theaudience that the Prime Minister does manage to pop up to the nursery to seethe baby after a hard day running the country. But with barrister Cherie embarking on a new case and Tony trying to secureLabour’s second term, Guru is concerned that little Leo could suffer. The next government could learn a few lessons from the HSBC bank, which wonthe Framework for Action category at the awards. The judging panel, whichincluded Personnel Today’s editor Noel O’Reilly, was impressed by the bank’sattempts to promote women into management positions and support of work-lifebalance practices. PC job-seekers choose Tuesday Tuesday is a very important day. Not only is it the day Personnel Today hitsthe desks of HR professionals, but it is also when all your staff are lookingfor new jobs. Research by a leading online European recruitment agency shows that itreceives the most visitors on a Tuesday. This represents 37 per cent of the500,000 page views a week. Most staff access the jobs site during their lunch hour through their workPC. Unsurprisingly, staff showed little interest in investigating new careeroptions over the weekend, claims jobpilot.co.uk. We’ve all heard about your type Guru has already warned disciples that the type of mobile phone ring youchoose sends out messages about your personality. Now research suggests that the style of typefaces used in e-mails also tellsthe recipients about your character. Psychologist Dr Sigman was commissioned by printer firm Lexmark to performthe study. Sans serif typefaces, such as Arial and Modern, are the “sensible pairof shoes of print”, whereas curvy typefaces such as Georgia are used byfashionable types. Times New Roman and Palatino show trustworthiness and a compromise betweenold and new. Guru was disturbed to find that Courier – his favourite – is the”anorak of typefaces” and tends to be used by boozy, chain-smokingjournalists. Anyone for a pint? Police go back to grass-roots level Like an old episode of The Bill, the police stories continue to run and run.Personnel Today revealed that the Police Federation’s pre-election calls foran extra 12,000 officers could be impossible to meet (22 May). But Guru hears that those police forces that are trying to swell theirnumbers are experiencing some unforeseen benefits – well-manicured gardensbeing one of them. One unnamed force has used new recruits as gardeners because there were notenough places in police training schools. The £18,000-a-year recruits hadalready completed a two-week induction course and were on the payroll. Other training colleges are struggling to cope. Apparently, Hendon TrainingCentre in London is so under pressure to train coppers that Scotland Yard washiring hotel rooms at £75 a night to house recruits.