12 December 2013 | Saint Homobonus
The patron saint of purchasers takes a look at the month’s more unlikely business tales.
Dress for success
If you are looking for a job, how influential is the colour you wear
to the interview?
According to a study by recruitment website careerbuilder, it could be vital. After interviewing recruiters and hiring managers, it found conservative blacks, blues and greys demonstrated professionalism. Certain colours indicated other personality traits. Black shows leadership. Blue denotes a team player. Grey indicates someone who is logical. White somebody who is organized. Those in brown are dependable. Red demonstrates power. And green, yellow, orange or purple (presumably not all in the same outfit) denote creativity.
The paperclip has been named the best piece of office stationery.
It took top spot in a poll, with 19 per cent of respondents naming it the item they couldn’t do without. The stapler was attached to second place, while the post-it note had sticking power in third.
Some may mock the findings of this vital research, but others take stationery more seriously.
Take this chap’s comments: “As a researcher for a large company, life without my highlighter pens would be a disaster. In fact I become rather attached to them and get a little upset when they run out.”
Ever encountered a transparency enhancement facilitator? A gastronomical hygiene engineer? Or a colour distribution technician?
These were among the titles compiled by a recruitment agency aiming to highlight ‘jobbledygook’ – ridiculous job titles (if you haven’t worked it out, the above are a window cleaner, dish washer and painter and decorator).
“We hear from candidates all the time about job titles which are wildly over the top,” said recruiter Chris Smith. “Another jobseeker contacted us after reading about a position for a field nourishment consultant. It was for a waitress.”
Many thanks indeed
Americans had a little relief last month. The average Thanksgiving dinner worked out cheaper than a year ago – albeit by 44 cents.
The American Farm Bureau Federation’s analysis found the cost of a dinner for 10 – including turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls, peas, cranberries, relish, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, coffee and milk – came to $49.04 compared with $49.48 in 2012. Increased turkey production and an increase in the number of birds in storage reduced the cost of a turkey by 3 cents per pound, contributing the largest fall.
The cost of the same meal in 1986 was $28.74.
Love is all around
If you are sat in the office, take a look at the people around you.
Do any look like potential partner material? They are probably doing the same thing, if the results from a dating website survey are to be believed.
Some 80 per cent of employees would like to find a relationship at the office. Of the 2,000 respondees, 73 per cent of women would prefer to date a man in a senior position. The men, perhaps predictably, were looking for a female in a junior role.
I’ve got your number
A man who had his iPhone, with more than 1,000 contact numbers on it, stolen received a handwritten list of all the numbers in the post.
According to Metro, Zou Bin got the list after he send texts to his phone threatening the thief.
“It would take a while to write.
I suppose [the thief’s] hand is swelling,” he said.
Counting down to christmas
If it seems to you as if Christmas seems to start earlier every year, spare a thought for the many supply chains that have spent all year gearing up for the festive season.
According to supermarket Asda, the average Christmas dinner is nine months in the making. Carrots are planted in March, potatoes and parsnips in April and Brussels sprouts in June.
Turkeys lay their eggs in June, which hatch in July. The retailer expects to sell 375,000 this month. “It’s more like the seven months of Christmas, rather than the 12 days,” said
Asda’s turkey supplier Andy Holt.
Even sorting the Christmas cakes out starts early, they are manufactured in June using 344 tonnes of sultanas, cherries and orange peel.
And how long do we take to enjoy the results
of all this hard work? On average, just eight minutes, 42 seconds to gobble it all down.
I presume that’s not counting seconds?
Tweet of the month
Dam I did not know supply chain is that hard. I thought all it was, was a truck taking stuff to the store.
No-one mentioned formulas.