Evil HR Lady

Swiss Saturday: Checking Out of Your Apartment

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My new garden. I mentioned earlier that we moved to a neighboring town. Our lease required three months notice before moving and in order to get the new house, we needed to take over before that time period ended.

2018 182

Why I Support the NFL’s Right to Ban Kneeling

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Two things you should know about me before you read this. I absolutely believe in free speech. The government should never, ever punish anyone for voicing their opinion. You should be able to say whatever you want–even if it’s absolutely horrible–without fear of government reprisal. I will support you 100 percent in your quest to make a speech, hold a march, or even burn a flag. I don’t care one whit about football and the NFL.

2018 167

Dear Facebook, I Don’t Need You to Protect Me from Hate Speech

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Dear Facebook, I’m actually an adult. I realize that not everyone on your site is–but really, it’s where us old fogies hang out. As such, I don’t need a parent, or a teacher, or a human resources manager to monitor things for me.

2018 179

Supreme Court: Your Bakery Doesn’t Have to Bake a Gay Wedding Cake

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The US Supreme Court Just handed down a 7-2 decision in favor of the baker in Masterpiece Cakeshop, LTD v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission , saying that the baker had the first amendment right to not bake and decorate a wedding cake for a gay couple as that violated his sincerely held religious beliefs. What does this mean for your business? Most likely nothing. The decision is very narrowly tailored to where strongly held religious beliefs clash with other civil rights.

2018 147

Swiss Saturday: Fines for Taking Your Kid on Vacation a Day Early

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Last week the New York Times ran an article, Skipping School for Cheap Flights? You Could be Fined In Germany. It begins as follows: BERLIN — While airport security officials around the world check for weapons and identification before letting passengers board a plane, the police in Germany are checking for school-age children — and reporting families who take their youngsters on vacation without a teacher’s authorization.

2018 147

I’m Pregnant and Starting a New Job. Can I Be Fired for Taking Leave?

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I start a new job next week. I’ll be 25 weeks pregnant. I interviewed really early on and didn’t disclose “just in case” I was contacted a month later with an offer. At this point , I am bordering fat and pregnant depending on what I am wearing. I want to disclose immediately but haven’t had the chance. Both parties I need to speak to have been busy at work, on vacation, or briefly meeting with me not in private. I really don’t want to feel deceitful.

2018 109

It’s a Wonderful Life, but What Happened to George Bailey?

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George Bailey had big dreams. He wanted to travel and see the world. Instead, he ended up staying in Bedford falls and running his father’s business after his father unexpectedly died. He got married, had a bunch of kids (“You call this a happy family?

2017 218

Welcome to the New Evil Oils Lady

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I’ve been waiting a long time to announce this, and I just had to get everything put together and ready to go! I’m leaving the world of HR and Business writing and entering into a new area, which also brings joy and help to all those who are willing to just be open minded. That’s right: Essential Oils.

2018 178

Diversity Will Not Save Your Business

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Penguin Random House UK released a statement about their diversity goals. They state (bold in the original): To better understand how our actions are making a difference in the long term we need to better understand the diversity of the authors we publish and the people we hire, and how this changes over time. That’s why we want both our new hires and the authors we acquire to reflect UK society by 2025.

2018 126

How to Build a Diverse Workforce

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What does diversity mean, exactly? What makes a workplace diverse? We use this word so often as a synonym for racial diversity that we forget there are all types of diversity. According to Merriam-Webster, diversity simply means “an instance of being composed of differing elements or qualities.” Therefore, every workplace that employs two or more people is a diverse workforce simply because no two people are alike. But some groups of people are more similar than others.

2018 109

Netflix Has a New Sexual Harassment Policy. It’s Like 7th Grade on Steroids

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One of the big problems with US sexual harassment law is that it depends on feelings. The “victim” must feel offended in order for sexual harassment to occur. That means there are no bright lines (other than criminal ones) that determine what is and what is not sexual harassment. While this is definitely a problem with the law, Netflix’s solution is even worse. Like, junior high level worse.

2018 122

Disability Employment: Breaking Down Barriers

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The goal of disability employment is not simply to make you feel good for doing an act of service, but to hire someone who can be an asset to your business. That’s the same reason you hire all of your employees—because they are the best fit for the job.

2017 223

What to Say (and Not Say) When an Employee Is Depressed

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Depression isn’t limited to a few. Over 300 million people , globally, suffer from it. This means it’s quite likely that you know someone who is currently in its grasp, and it isn’t pleasant. Left untreated, depression can literally be deadly. You don’t want to let anyone suffer without help. But, what can you do in an office setting? What should you do? I spoke with Lori Whatley, LMFT, PsyD about the best things to do.

2018 109

When HR Makes a $2,666,594.03 Mistake

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We’ve all made mistakes at work , but have you made a $2,666,594.03 mistake? On one employee? Hold onto your hats, because you don’t want this to happen to you. Here’s what happened. Trico Products Corporation laid off Francois El-Hayek after 28 years of service. He was supposed to receive 34 weeks worth of severance pay in exchange for signing a general release. (A

2017 251

The surreal artwork of Juan Antonio Guirado is reborn in Virtual Reality

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Juan Antonio Guirado stands by his masterpiece 'Kali's Tunnel' acrylic and collage on board, 1989.

2017 206

Dilemma of the Month: Bias in Human Resources

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I am the chief financial officer for a 90-plus person firm and the head of human resources reports to me. Several employees have told me they feel uncomfortable going to the HR manager with complaints or concerns, because she’s really good friends with some of the people here and they’re afraid she’ll be biased. She does a good job otherwise, so I was thinking about outsourcing our employee relations arm. What do you think?

2018 118

How to Be a Proactive Manager

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Years ago, I shadowed a night manager at a large grocery store chain. She didn’t sit down a single time during her entire eight hour shift. She tackled problem after problem, putting out fires. I was completely exhausted by the end of it, and asked her how she did it. She said, “Well, I’ve been here six months and I’ve lost 20 pounds without dieting.”

2018 145

This Is How You Write a Job Description That Candidates Will Actually Read

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Job descriptions can often blur into one. Companies are constantly looking for a “motivated and self-directed individual” who can “hit the ground running” in an “exciting and fast-paced environment.”. Reading that, you have no idea if they’re talking about a senior-level finance position or a preschool teacher. It’s not like there’s ever a job description that says a business is seeking a “lazy individual” who “will require extensive training” in a “boring and tedious environment.”.

2018 186

What to Expect When Starbucks Opens Its Doors After Diversity Training

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Starbucks employees are not to be color blind, but “color brave” after yesterday’s unprecedented store shut down.This term comes from Mellody Hobson’s 2014 TED talk, “Color Blind or Color Brave.” ” Ms. Hobson’s idea is that we need to talk about race–even though it makes us extraordinarily uncomfortable. Hobson’s ideas and stories are powerful, but will it make a difference when you get your coffee? Everybody Is Welcome.

2018 125

What to Say (and Not Say) When an Employee Is Depressed

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Depression isn’t limited to a few. Over 300 million people , globally, suffer from it. This means it’s quite likely that you know someone who is currently in its grasp, and it isn’t pleasant. Left untreated, depression can literally be deadly. You don’t want to let anyone suffer without help. But, what can you do in an office setting? What should you do? I spoke with Lori Whatley, LMFT, PsyD about the best things to do.

2018 100

Can a Pay Cut from $25 to $9 per Hour Be Legal?

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I know a gentleman who has worked for the same company for thirty years. He has been a dedicated employee, always on time and doing what was asked of him without complaint. In the last couple of years, a new company purchased the manufacturing company and decreased his pay from $25/hr to $9/hr.

2017 194

The Best Employee Perks Even Small Businesses Can Afford

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You’ve probably heard about the best employee perks the big Silicon Valley players offer—free gourmet lunches, on-site massages and huge common areas stocked with the latest video games—and may have thought smaller businesses can’t compete. Truth be told, most small organizations probably can’t. Let’s just be upfront about that. But Google can’t compete with small businesses, either. They can offer things big companies just can’t.

2018 160

#MeToo’s Impact Isn’t Pretty–for Men or Women

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If you’re a male university professor, would you have a closed-door meeting with a female student ? What if you’re a female university professor, would you have a closed-door meeting with a male student? What about a closed-door meeting with a student of the same gender, regardless of your sexual orientation? And what if you’re a manager in the corporate world? Are the days of one on one meetings over, for fear of accusations or attacks ?

2018 116

5 Leadership Lessons from Hamilton

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I had the envied opportunity to see Hamilton in London this weekend, and while the play itself was a masterpiece, I couldn’t get out of Evil HR Lady mode. So many management lessons stood out to me, so I just had to share. Your ensemble makes or breaks you. I had no doubt that the stars would be outstanding and they were. Special shout out to Rachel John, who played Angelica Schuyler. But what amazed me more was the perfection of the ensemble.

2018 160

Does the Law Require that You Let an Employee Nap?

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Napping is popular among just about everyone other than toddlers , who desperately need naps, but are convinced they are prohibited by the Geneva convention. Culturally, though, we just don’t do it.

2017 209

Organizational Restructuring: Should Your Business Consider One?

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Many companies have gone through an organizational restructuring, where a traditional top-down management structure with a strict hierarchy is switched out in favor of something that more resembles a lattice.

2017 198

Mental Health Month at the Office: Fix Your Drug Testing Policies

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My great-grandmother, Ethel Reynolds Smith , died in a mental hospital. Her husband’s biography recorded her illness as follows : “These down moods were cyclical, coming and going at irregular intervals and varying in their strength and duration. In time they came with greater frequency and intensity, causing deep feelings of depression and fear that so disturbed Ethel that she was unable to perform her daily tasks.”

2018 126

The Real Problem with Data Privacy Isn’t What You Think

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The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect next week. Even if you don’t live in Europe or do business officially in Europe, you can find your life affected by these rules. Europe is very concerned about data and privacy and for consumers, that seems to be mostly a good thing.

2018 131

97% of People Say This Is the Most Toxic Team Behavior

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We all (well, 97 percent of us ) know that making up rumors about someone’s sex life is not okay. But even still, 39 percent of employees have seen it happen—and six percent say they’ve participated, too. People don’t just casually overhear inappropriate conversations—they tend to chime in. An older study suggests that 80 percent of what we talk about is in fact, gossip. But gossip isn’t all bad.

2018 130

Recruiters Are Your Company’s Best Brand Representatives

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When you think about who communicates with people outside of your company the most, you probably think of sales reps, but you should be looking at your recruiters. In fact, they spend almost all their time talking with or about people who aren’t employees. Glassdoor says each corporate position receives an average of 250 applicants. Of course, that number is going to vary wildly depending on the position, but recruiters can potentially interact with thousands of people every year.

2018 138

Be A Self-Made Goddess

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I’m not normally the self-made Goddess type, but my friend, Evrim Numanoglu Ozgen, has interviewed me and over 20 other experts in professions such as parenting, life coaching, success coaching, human resources, energy healing, physical healing, women’s health, fitness, tantra, love & relationship, and entrepreneurship for this Online Masterclass. I assure you that my part had nothing to do with fitness. It’s free and it should be an interesting mix of ideas and information!

2018 109

The Victim Did Not Cause the Drama

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Did you know that the HR executives at NBC had their offices in the middle of the newsroom staff– and those offices were glass ? How comfortable would you be, going to file a complaint about a co-worker if you had to do so in a glass office? If you were going to complain about sexual harassment from the company star, say, Matt Laurer, would you feel comfortable doing so in a glass office, where people could see you? 45 percent of us report crying at work , reports my Inc.

2018 126

5 Ways The World Would Be Better If We Were More Like Barbara Bush

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Barbara Bush (née Pierce) died yesterday at the age of 92. A former First Lady, Second Lady, and mother of a president, Mrs. Bush was in the public eye for much of her eye. Anyone in that situation can expect to have all their flaws exposed in the least flattering way possible. But, here’s the thing: while she was a flawed individual (we all are), the world would be a lot better off if we followed her example. Here are five ways Barbara Bush stood out to me.

2018 144

The Muppets and Risk-Taking Leadership

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Everybody knows and loves the Muppets. The new documentary, “Muppet Guys Talking,” takes us behind the characters to understand how leadership in the puppet world can apply in the real world. “Are we rolling?” ” “We’re always rolling.”

2018 122

In Praise of Stereotypes: A Millennial Job Interview

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Two different friends sent me this video yesterday. It’s all about Millennial stereotypes –and Gen X (maybe really young baby boomer, but I’ll say he’s an older Gen X) stereotypes. I found it hilarious. A Millennial job interview from @TheDanielBrea on Vimeo.

2017 188

My Co-Workers Are Voting for Trump

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I sit across the cube wall from 4 hipster type web designers – all guys. (I’m I’m a nerdy female data analyst). The guys are all conservative republicans, so I usually tune out the political talk or put on my headphones.

10 HR Rules That Would Improve the World

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HR is often misunderstood, but that’s just because they don’t understand us. In fact, if HR rules were implemented everywhere, your life would be much, much better. Here are 10 ways things would change for the better if HR ruled the world. Onboarding for Everything. Think how onboarding would change your life. That guy you met on Tinder? He’d come with a packet that explained the benefits of dating him.

2017 176

NFL Cheerleader: A Job Where You’re Told How to Use a Tampon

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Being a cheerleader is hard work and glamorous and you can bet that any woman that makes it that far figured out long ago how to handle tampon usage and the right shaving techniques, but the NFL doesn’t think so.

2018 146

I See Way Too Many Business Owners Make These 5 Management Mistakes

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“I can’t afford to pay my employee overtime, so I made them salaried.”. I get this type of email from readers all the time. In every case, it’s a small (and often family-owned) business and the owner has no clue that you can’t just “decide” to make someone salaried. Being a first-time manager ain’t easy. There are tons of employment laws and it’s pretty hard to memorize them all. Plus, managing people is just plain hard.

2018 122

Twitter: No One Understands Your Job. Hilarity Ensues

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If you’ve ever been forced to make small talk with a stranger, you know the topic of work will come up. When it does, there are only two options. The person doesn’t understand what you do. The person doesn’t understand what you do, but wants you to do something similar for free. Okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration. If you’re at a professional conference , people tend to understand what you do, because they do something similar.

2018 109