For the first time, municipal-level government departments in Beijing have openly selected 55 civil servants from their subordinate units in districts and towns - an indication that grass-roots work experience is being increasingly valued, reports
In the past, such positions would often have been filled from outside.
The selection process started in May when 1,815 civil servants from district and township departments applied for 57 vacancies in 10 city-level departments. Two vacancies were left unfilled, but those selected for the others have already been transferred to their new positions, says the Beijing Human Resource and Social Security Bureau.
"It is a signal that the government is paying more attention to civil servants from the grassroots levels, which will attract more college graduates to work at that level," says Gao Meizhi, an official with the bureau.
Workers 'grateful' for jobs
According to a United States survey, few bosses need worry that their employees want their jobs, as most workers are just happy to be employed and one-fifth would even have a fling with their boss if it helped their career, reports
The US recession has driven bosses and their employees closer together and only 30 per cent of employees want their boss' stressful job, recruitment firm Adecco Staffing US found in a poll tied to National Boss Day in mid-October.
"Recession tested people's values and many realise that it's not all about work," says David Adams, Adecco Group North America vice-president of learning and development.
More than three-quarters of bosses said they felt stronger bonds to their employees than three years ago, and 61 per cent of the employees agreed.
Employees still expect more from their bosses, and want bosses who coach and guide with clear goals and tools for career growth.
Restaurant sauces up service
The family-friendly restaurant, Pizza Express, has recruited classically trained actor Karl James to teach flirting and the art of chit-chat to their staff to help them to butter up the restaurant's customers and improve the way they interact with people, reports the
A source close to the company said: "With social media and texting reducing our face-to-face interaction, Pizza Express has enlisted the help of a conversational expert who is incorporating flirting and unique conversation techniques ... into its new staff training scheme to help completely redefine the restaurant experience for customers."
James has played a key role in designing Pizza Express' new training and recruitment process, including teaching staff "how to flirt [subtly] with customers so they feel more comfortable and relaxed", he says.