GuruOn 12 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article This week’s guruCity workers get out the plastic to spare blushesCity workers are going under the knife at a London clinic in an effort tostop them blushing while taking part in stressful business meetings orpresentations. Highgate Private Hospital’s surgical director Anthony Mitra said his doctorsare carrying out four or five of the £4,000 operations a day, mainly on youngmen in high-powered jobs. “Any suggestion of weakness or anxiety makes them feel at adisadvantage, so this surgery enables them to go into a meeting knowing theywill look cool, calm and in control,” he said. Guru is relieved he is a confident public speaker because the operationsounds painful – surgeons snip the sympathetic ganglions at the base of theneck that trigger the blushing response after feeding tiny forceps up throughan incision in the armpit. Finnish life in the fast lane The Finns have an interesting way of knowing how healthy their economy is –the size of their speeding fines. Motorists in Finland caught breaking speed limits are awarded fines based ontheir income. When Nokia executive Anssi Anoka was caught speeding on his Harley Davidsonin October last year he was given a fine of £71,500 – equivalent to 14 days ofhis 1999 salary. The 44-year-old appealed, on the grounds that his company’s share price hasplummeted, taking his income with it. The court was sympathetic and last week reduced the fine to £3,522 based onhis average income for 1999 to 2002. Absence makes hearth grow cold Business travel may be good for your career but it can make your partnerill, according to research. The partners of frequent business travellers are three times more likely tosuffer from mental health problems and they also suffer from significantlyworse health overall, including higher rates of eczema, gastritis and irritablebowel syndrome. Doctors believe that the stress of ‘intermittent husband syndrome’, when apartner is abandoned to cope with the household alone, is to blame. The study was made by medical officers at the World Bank, who examined theinsurance claims of 4,600 spouses over one year. Guru was surprised by the findings, as whenever he returns home after one ofhis lecture tours Mrs Guru always seems a picture of health and contentment. Aussie KFC staff are finger lickin badWhy did the Kentucky Fried Chickenmanagers run across the coals? To boost confidence and motivation, of course.Except it backfired somewhat when the 30 managers had to betreated by ambulance staff after burning their feet during a three-dayconference in Australia. These KFC managers obviously work too hard – many of theircontemporaries develop cast iron feet from walking between the sea and their‘combis’ across burning hot sand. Roger Easton, KFC managing director in Australia, who burnedhis left foot while taking part in the fire walk, said the activity would beremoved in future. At least they now know how the chickens feel, thought Guru. Related posts:No related photos.