Christmas party jokes in People Management - December 2014

Hi all

Well... I have tried to use the witty gags in this month's People Management (page 17) with some of my colleagues.  Needless to say that as the only HR person in the room, I was the only one laughing at them!

In fact I think they may have pigeonholed me further as a party pooper with my colleagues and the ghost train dismissal one actually got a boo!!!

I look to my fellow HR professionals to laugh with me... particularly at "how many HR people does it take to change a light bulb?"

 ....and also as anyone else noticed that when mentioned a HR director & the driver are male and the employment lawyer that need the loo was female...?!?!  Come on People Management....  we don't need you to stereotype men and women in business too!  Please set an example.


  • *opens page 17* *reads the gags* *groans loudly 6 times*

    I had to suppress the titter at the HR director joke though. We do like to worry about that seat!

    Also I didn't notice the gender stereotypes until you pointed it out, but well spotted!  

  • If you didnt notice the gender sterotype .....perhaps its isnt one :-)
  • In reply to Keith:

    Sorry pressed reply too soon - meaning that perhaps its just a joke and that we are reading too much into the roles allocated.
  • Not having had my copy yet, I'm forced to guess.

    How many HR people does it take to change a lightbulb?

    Three.  An L&D Officer to develop the performance management plan; an HR Business Partner to coordinate its implementation with the light bulb's manager, and an HR Officer to advise the performance management hearing.

    And if the lightbulb proves impossible to change, there will need to be a fair and procedurally-correct process to manage the lightbulb into the bin.

    Optionally, it may also require a Head of HR to review the process and point out that the lightbulb wasn't broken in the first place but, rather, screwed into the wrong fitting for its wattage.

    Meanwhile, the lightbulb finds a new, more wattage-appropriate socket and discovers that it was a low-energy LED spotlight all along and goes on to provide thirty years of impeccable downlighting.

  • Ahhh Keith... I was merely suggesting that someone's unconscious bias presented the director level position as male and the lawyer needing a trip to the powder room was female....  perhaps not enough full fat coke... see I did read the Neuroscience article earlier this year!!

  • If the HR Director AND the Lawyer were both males and the driver had of been female needing the loo then perhaps I would share your concern. 
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous | 689 Posts

    12 May, 2016 18:16

    In reply to Robey:

    That is funny