10 Employee Appreciation Perks That Any Team Can Afford

Small and mid-sized companies sometimes feel they’ll never compete with their mammoth corporate counterparts because they can’t afford expensive benefits and perks like long weekend leadership retreats and family health care. But those huge companies don’t have the opportunity that small businesses do to tailor their perks and appreciation to the individual employees.

Children’s Book Author & Illustrator, Richard Scarry, Explains the Modern Age

Faced with job titles such as Brogrammer, Innovation Strategist, Patent Troll and Ghost Blogger the modern age is awash with crazy career paths to the uninitiated! Thankfully Children’s Book Author and Illustrator, Richard Scarry has taken a side-step from kids books to launch Business Town.

Should You Call That Meeting?

Wendy McNaughton’s quirky and scribblingly brilliant style is a firm favourite at Guru (“Should I Check E-Mail” was a particular favourite of ours), her latest work titled “Should You Call That Meeting?” was commissioned for TED and delivers the answers in the way only Wendy can…

This London Agency Builds A Giant Ball Pit. Jump In!

When faced with over-demanding clients, high workloads and the odd boring meeting, work can sometimes get a bit stressful, right? To counter act this problem, Pearlfisher, a creative agency with offices in London and New York temporarily brought in 81,000 white balls, converting one of their studio spaces into a giant “stress-relieving” ball pit…

Let’s Debate O-levels

Guru’s Marketing Director, Richard Hamilton, is interviewed by the BBC.  Asked to discuss O-levels, GCSEs and careers advice, you can hear his slot on the “Good Morning” BBC Local Radio show here…

This Portfolio Sticks Out Like A Sore Thumb

As creative portfolios go, this one by Toronto-based photographer Justin Poulsen literally sticks out like a sore thumb!

The 1947 Vocational Film to Becoming a Librarian

We love revisiting careers from a bygone era (Remember that chap who developed your holiday snaps) so when we stumbled across this vocational guide to becoming a Librarian (from 1947) it had to get a mention. Enjoy!

Five Minutes With: Holly Potter – Innovation Expert at Bozboz

Taking five minutes out of her busy day, Guru caught up with Holly Potter (innovation expert and all round HR geek) at Bozboz, an uber friendly full service creative digital agency in Hove.  

I Bet You’ve Not Seen A Resignation Like This Before…

When Eric Silver left his role as chief creative officer at DDB New York, he chose to do so with a simple signed and dated, handwritten letter. Oh, and a sketch of the Van Halen logo because, well, why the hell not.

7 Ways To Screw Up Your Interview

Lots of advice that is categorised as “Job Interview Tips” should really filed under “Tips For Not Being Rude, Foolish, and Generally Clueless.” Read these 7 interview tips that WILL help you.

Airbnb’s New HQ is a Relaxing, Cosy Delight

After discovering Airbnb’s amazing San Francisco office (complete with a bear and a war room) their interior design teams are at it again, this time completing a perfect, cosy office retreat in Portland, Oregon. This architectural delight combines natural elements of exposed brick work and wood to offer a warm, relaxing and inviting work environment.  Check it out…

A Day in the Life of a Corporate Recruiter

Expedia’s Senior EMEA Recruiter – Margaret Buj (she knows a thing or two you know) – gives us the lowdown on what an average in-house/corporate recruiter day entails…

Photographer Mocks Up A Potato Head Wedding To Explain His Job To His Son

Each day when Wedding Photographer Chris Thornton left the house for work, his 4 year old son Cole would ask him “Daddy are you off to take pictures of a wedding?” without really knowing what this meant. Chris set out to explain to his son what he did through the medium of Potato Heads.

Social Hiring – 5 Sure-fire Ways To Get More Talent From Twitter

Take your social hiring efforts up a notch on Twitter, the world’s most popular micro-blogging site. Use these top 5 tips to improve your Twitter recruitment marketing and social hiring efforts…

Pinterest’s HQ is the Arts and Crafts Hub You’d Expect it to be.

Located in San Francisco’s tech-heavy SOMA district, Pinterest’s 45,000-square-foot warehouse office accommodates over 250 employees and is bursting with the quirky creative arts & crafts ideas that make it a really unique home and bang on brand. Take a look around…

Five Minutes With: Andy Selway The People Person

Taking five minutes out of his busy day Guru caught up with Andy Selway (HR Expert and all round nice guy) who enlightened us on some crazy Christmas party disasters, house cleaning allowances and a whole lot more…

Cereal Killer Cafe in Shoreditch is the Ultimate Breakfast Meeting Venue

Offering a breakfast cuisine like no other, say hello to Britain’s first Cereal Cafe, serving over 100 varieties of cereal from all over the world, from America to South Korea (and beyond).

Employee Training Doesn’t Get More 80’s Than This Wendy’s Video

In this amazing 1980’s Training Video from Wendy’s, staff are taught how to serve the perfect meals. Now kids, make sure you fill the chili to a half inch from the top of the bowl and remember, chilli can be served with cheese…

“The Isolator” An Invention From 1925 Designed To Improve Work Productivity

It may look like an early Oculus Rift prototype, however “the Isolator” is a unique productivity device invented by the science fiction pioneer Hugo Gernsbeck.

The World’s Tallest Bike Is One Crazy Commuting Machine

Meet Richie Trimble, a thrill seeking cycling fanatic, whose regular average Joe bike rides quickly turned into a game of who could build bigger and better bicycles.

ThinkPARALLAX Gives Employees ÂŁ1000 To Travel The World

As a way of inspiring creativity amongst its employees, Californian based creative agency, ThinkPARALLAX hands out nearly £1000 to each of its staff and tells them to travel the world!

Eventbrite’s New HQ has Nooks, Hammocks & Zen-like Rooms

From the 6th and 7th floors of a rather unassuming, downtown, San Francisco office block is the new Eventbrite HQ, and oh, what a delight!

17 Awesome Examples of Creative CVs / Resumes

It seems that the humble 2 page word document just doesn’t cut it for those creative jobs anymore, standing out from the crowd is a must for those that want to bag the best opportunities. We have raided the Guru archives and found these amazing examples of highly creative candidates who have gone above and beyond the standard word doc.

How Do Top Companies Keep Their Talent? Awesome Workplace Incentives – #Infographic

From on-site laundry services to made-to-order sushi, these top companies offer their staff some serious perks.  If you run your own company or manage the HR for one, this neat little infographic covering Workplace Incentives is sure to offer you up some inspiration for your next employee benefits review.

Epic Anna is One High Flying Intern!

We love a good Intern story (Internships Silicon Valley Style, TBWA Analyse Intern Brainwaves, Alec Dudson) which is why Alphatise and the skydiving antics of Anna Bezuglova really caught our eye.

Junior Designers vs Senior Designers

When she is not heading up the product design team at Facebook, Julie Zhuo is producing brilliant little sketches like these ones…

Jack Ma Sings ‘Lion King’ Theme to a Stadium full of Employees

Jack Ma, owner of Alibaba, the world’s largest e-commerce company, has a unique motivational style. Check out this unbelievable video of Jack singing Lion King songs in full rock paraphernalia to a stadium of 16,000 employees. An early Alibaba employee recounts this bizarre experience.