February 2013

10 Tips For being A Great Boss – From 2003!

How’s your French?

Try this: ‘Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.’

If your French, like mine, is confined to clumsy exchanges with bemused waiters in Parisian restaurants, then you’ll appreciate a translation, ‘The more things change, the more they remain the same.’

The saying is attributed to Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr and it was the quote I recalled as I happened upon the results of the Parents At Work / Lloyds TSB ‘Britain’s Best Boss 2003’ survey.

The Remarkable Thing about This Very Unremarkable Man

On Wednesday, 4th April 1883, an unremarkable 59 year old man, overwhelmed by a Measles Virus, died in Adderley Road, Birmingham. At his bedside was his eldest son who had walked over from nearby Alum Rock Road, and stayed with him as his Father’s life ebbed away.

The dead man (pictured right), born in 1823, lived his early life in the Leicestershire village of Croft. From the age of 15, he’d worked as an agricultural labourer. His employer could, without any notice, lower his wages or turn him out of his home if he became too sick to work.