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Old 17-01-2012, 17:20   #1
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Gift to VM employees/agency workers.

Last Christmas VM gave staff a gift of Sir Richard Bransons' new book on business.

Has anyone read it yet? If so, is it any good?

I am thinking of buying it, but would like to hear the views of others first.

Cheers, Richard.
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Old 17-01-2012, 17:42   #2
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Re: Gift to VM employees/agency workers.

Many were recycled immediately.
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We have recycle bins on every floor.
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Old 17-01-2012, 20:06   #3
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Re: Gift to VM employees/agency workers.

Seriously?!

I hate waste and think that it was ungracious of the people that did this.

Many employers are cutting back on Christmas gifts/parties etc (in my own organisation, for the first time ever, staff did not receive anything this year as part of efficiency savings.)

If people weren't interested in reading them, I think it would have been better to give them to a charity shop, sell them on ebay or even "re-gift" them.

I could have got myself a bargain
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Old 17-01-2012, 20:39   #4
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Seriously?!

I hate waste and think that it was ungracious of the people that did this.

Many employers are cutting back on Christmas gifts/parties etc (in my own organisation, for the first time ever, staff did not receive anything this year as part of efficiency savings.)

If people weren't interested in reading them, I think it would have been better to give them to a charity shop, sell them on ebay or even "re-gift" them.

I could have got myself a bargain
Have you forgotten that they are closing our call centre and many people would find such a handout rather insulting, he may not own the company but he is the face of Virgin Media.

The book by the way is one of the top ten most left behind books on trains and planes so you may be lucky.
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Old 18-01-2012, 15:47   #5
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Re: Gift to VM employees/agency workers.

I can understand that some staff may feel sensitive in the current situation, but it does seem childish to behave like this. If the staff who are going to be affected had been excluded from receiving the Christmas gift, they, quite rightly, would have felt aggrieved.

Thanks for the tip! I'll keep a look out on the trains for a copy, unless someone would like to send me a belated Christmas present
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Old 18-01-2012, 15:55   #6
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Many were recycled immediately.
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Sounds like when I worked for EDS and all employees got a copy of Dick Brown's book instead of bonuses. A whole load of those books were mailed to EDS HQ in Texas via the mail room that week (Royal Mail of course, not internal mail).
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Re: Gift to VM employees/agency workers.

I took mine home, but I haven't read it.
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I can understand that some staff may feel sensitive in the current situation, but it does seem childish to behave like this. If the staff who are going to be affected had been excluded from receiving the Christmas gift, they, quite rightly, would have felt aggrieved.

Thanks for the tip! I'll keep a look out on the trains for a copy, unless someone would like to send me a belated Christmas present
If anyone wanted to take it home then I fully expect they would have done so, I think you can see the point of recycling them in the current climate.

The are still plenty copies left over that no one even touched.
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I can understand that some staff may feel sensitive in the current situation, but it does seem childish to behave like this. If the staff who are going to be affected had been excluded from receiving the Christmas gift, they, quite rightly, would have felt aggrieved.

Thanks for the tip! I'll keep a look out on the trains for a copy, unless someone would like to send me a belated Christmas present
What are you like? Jeez, man - how up themselves VM management must have been.
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Re: Gift to VM employees/agency workers.

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Last Christmas VM gave staff a gift of Sir Richard Bransons' new book on business.

Has anyone read it yet? If so, is it any good?

I am thinking of buying it, but would like to hear the views of others first.

Cheers, Richard.
Why not see what reviews it has on Amazon?
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Re: Gift to VM employees/agency workers.

I never thought of that, what a good idea. Thanks for the tip
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Re: Gift to VM employees/agency workers.

Being given a christmas gift by your company even if it is a book by RB is better than the one I got in 2009, my P45.
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Last Christmas VM gave staff a gift of Sir Richard Bransons' new book on business.

Has anyone read it yet? If so, is it any good?

I am thinking of buying it, but would like to hear the views of others first.

Cheers, Richard.
You could always use it as a door stop.
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Being given a christmas gift by your company even if it is a book by RB is better than the one I got in 2009, my P45.
And if you get both the RB book AND your P45 how schmitt is that?
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