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What Homeland Security Wants You to Know About Workplace Violence

Evil HR Lady

Even though the recent attack in San Bernadino turned out to be terrorism rather than a general disgruntled employee attack, it still prompts us to ask the question, “Is my office prepared for an attack?” ” Now, this doesn’t mean that you need to panic.

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Yes, Your Boss Can Require You to Work Crazy Hours

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I am an exempt employee and work where many, many hours have now become the standard. One night we were required to stay until 11:30 p.m. After a 7:30 a.m. Start time. At a certain point are there any protections for workers in this class?

2017 73

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Team Building Activities That Actually Work

Evil HR Lady

I’m not a huge fan of team bonding activities, largely because I’m an introvert who hates games. Okay, not all games, but I don’t want to play volleyball or go rock climbing, or play flag football, and frankly, no one wants me on their team anyway.

2016 130

We Don’t Have a Talent Shortage, We Have a Training Shortage

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I had the opportunity to be interviewed by Chris Rainey on the HR Leaders Podcast–and Youtube Channel. You can watch it below or listen to it on Apple Podcasts by clicking here. Give it a listen and tell me what you think.

2017 70

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 77

When #MeToo and Sexual Harassment Revelations Trigger PTSD at the Office, What Do You Do?

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Yesterday, another two public officials resigned due to sex scandals and their resignations seem a bit backward. The first, Al Franken (D-Minn) had photos of him inappropriately touching women. He, however, denied that he’d really done anything really wrong, saying, “I also think it gave some people the false impression that I was admitting to doing things that in fact I haven’t done. Some of the allegations against me are simply not true. Others I remember very differently.”

2017 59

The 9 Worst Ways to Manage People

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If you’ve ever had a bad boss (and we’ve all had a bad boss at some time or another—ask me about my manager who used to corner me and try to argue scriptures with me), you’ve seen some awful management. But, do their actions qualify as the worst way to manage people?

2016 127

Starting an HR Department in Your Small Business

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When your business is just you and your college roommate, HR is the last thing on your mind, but when should you start thinking about starting an HR department? Ideally it would be before you hire your first employee, but that’s not practical. So here’s a guide for what you actually need: Your First Hire. When you bring the first employee on board, think about what he or she would expect from a human resources perspective.

2017 58

The Worst Possible Job Descriptions

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The language used to describe something can make a huge difference in our perceptions. Writer and fitness expert James Fell posted a request to “ badly explain your profession” on his Facebook Page. He described his own profession as: “I make ‘eat less, move more’ really complicated.” ” His followers didn’t disappoint. Fell gave me permission to share some of the best bad descriptions.

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Ineffective HR Makes Sexual Harassment Thrive. Here’s How to Fix it.

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Is your HR department effective at stopping sexual harassment , or are they like many of the companies described by The New York Times, “ineffective”? There are many reasons why HR can’t put a stop to all discrimination and harassment (of all kinds, not just sexual harassment), but we can change that. Here are the problems and solutions. Problem: “HR’s client is the company, which means that HR is supposed to protect the company’s interests.”

Old Dog, New Tricks: Is It Too Late for a Career Change?

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One of my long time friends posted this on his Facebook, “Sitting here watching TED talks about creativity and education and wondering at what point in my life I went from being a truly creative person to just being a good test taker and hoop-jump-through-er.”

2016 122

How Can I Get My Employees to Be On Time?

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We have a small business with only four employees. We need our employees to be on time because our clients come to us. If our staff doesn’t arrive at the designated time, we often have clients waiting for them out in the parking lot.

2017 58

10 Easy Ways to Make Yourself Happy in 2016

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Life can sometimes be tough, and January can bring that out in spades. Little things-like this morning I walked my son to school at 7:45 and it was still dark out. Talk about depressing.

2016 124

What Are the Right Retirement Benefits for Your Business?

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If you want to attract quality talent, your business needs to offer the right retirement benefits. Sometimes, small companies think there isn’t much they can provide, but that’s incorrect. There are plenty of choices out there for you and your employees. Here are a few. Pensions. When you think about retirement, defined benefit plans—also known as pensions—might come to mind. These are very popular in government jobs and used to be standard at big businesses.

2017 56

Are You Old? Like, Really Old? Like, 35?

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Everyone knows that only young people are good at tech jobs. Okay, everyone knows that statement is foolish, but so many tech companies only want to hire young people. One man decided to start a job board for “ old geeks.”

2016 102

A New Study Finds Bad Managers Aren’t the Reason Employees Quit

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Good management is important. We all know this. In fact, multiple studies have shown that not getting along with a manager is often the strongest influence on employee engagement—and eventual departure. Or, at least, that’s what we thought. According to new research from IBM on why employees quit, the old HR adage “people don’t leave companies, they leave managers” is being called into question.

2017 59

5 Etiquette Tips for Your Holiday Office Party

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The company holiday party is, undoubtedly, coming up. That can mean anything from a potluck in the office to a fancy ball with dinner and dancing, but regardless, you need to behave properly. When one needs to behave properly at a function, to whom does one turn?

2015 121

New Year, New You: Guide to Taking Your Résumé Up a Notch

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A résumé is, first and foremost, a marketing document. It’s not supposed to be your entire life history, and it doesn’t include bad things, just good. Remember marketing. Would Coca-Cola make a commercial that highlighted the sugar content of its flagship product?

2016 117

50 Most Surprisingly Flexible Jobs in 2015

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When you ask people what they look for in a job , they often say they want flexibility and a good work-life balance. Those jobs may seem few and far between, or limited to only a few industries, but that isn’t true. FlexJobs just released a list of the 50 most surprising flexible jobs in 2015.

2015 120

Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda Know Nothing About Tipped Wages

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$2.13 an hour sounds like an immoral rate of pay. Only a cold-hearted jerk would pay a hard-working (or even a lazy) employee $2.13 an hour. This is why Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin’s campaign to raise the tipped minimum wage to at least the federal minimum wage (currently $7.25

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5 Things You Do that Drive Your Boss Crazy

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You’re ambitious and smart, and you have plans. You know your job well, and you work hard, so why does your boss hate you? Well, maybe not hate you, but it’s clear that she likes your coworker a lot more than she likes you, even though you’re clearly the better employee.

2016 105

Crowd Sourcing: What is the best interview question you have ever been asked?

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When you were a job candidate. what is the best question a hiring manager/HR person/other person on the hiring panel ever asked you? Why was it a great question? Answer in the comments or send me an email at evilhrlady@gmail.com. Looking forward to hearing your questions

How to React When an Employee Accuses the Most Powerful Person in the Office of Sexual Harassment

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You’re the HR Manager and an employee comes to you and says, “ I’d like to report sexual harassment.” ” You pull out your notepad and a pen and say, “ Sit down, and tell me what happened.” ” . Moments like these are a dime a dozen when you’re an HR manager. Some of them are silly. (“Jane asked me out on a date!”)

2017 59

How Much Vacation Should a Part-Time Employee Receive?

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A reader asked me a question about calculating vacation for a part-time employee. Frankly, I thought the answer was obvious–it should be pro-rated based on the number of hours.

2017 56

3 Creative Ways to Boost Your Career During Your Commute

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The average American commutes 24.5 minutes to work —that’s nearly an hour a day. Some may see their commutes as a hassle, but the truth is, a commute can be a great opportunity to dedicate time to activities you normally don’t find time for at home or work.

2016 102

  Why You Should Never Accept a Low-Ball Salary Offer

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No one starts to look for a new job simply because there’s a full moon or Netflix removed your favorite show. There’s generally a stronger reason, like you can’t stand your boss, there are no promotional opportunities at your new job, or you really, really, really deserve a raise.

2016 103

5 Ways to Overcome a Bad Reference

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In an ideal world, all bosses would be fantastic , and the only bad references would be for former employees who deserved the bad reference. In the real world, some managers are mean and vindictive and will set out to destroy people who were great employees.

2016 107

Hosting an Office Halloween Party: Dos and Don’ts

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It’s that time of year again, All Hallow’s Eve is right around the corner. If you’re thinking about throwing an office Halloween party, you may be wondering: what is (and what is not) appropriate? Consider the following points: Culture and Industry Matter. If your business is a funeral home, dressing up as a creepy vampire is a terrible idea. However, if your business is an after-school hangout for teens, that might be perfect.

2017 58

Should Your Company Offer Unlimited PTO?

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Unlimited vacation days sound like a dream. Imagine being able to take off and go to the beach anytime you like. Or perhaps beach trips aren’t your thing, so you can go skiing every Friday or stay home every time your children are out of school. Think of the money you’ll save by not having to pay for child care during those times! Unfortunately, unlimited PTO doesn’t really work that way in practice. You still need to do your job, which means you still need to work.

2017 59

How to Handle Employee Complaints

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Even the best job in the world comes with a few complaints. As soon as you start employing people, you’re going to begin hearing grumblings and grievances. Here are three steps you need to take in order to handle complaints effectively: Listen. Whether you institute an open-door policy, hold a formal meeting where you let your employees vent or post an anonymous suggestion box, you need to create a mechanism for employees to share their concerns and complaints.

2017 58

What Is the Meaning of HR Confidentiality?

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Want to know what confidentiality really means in HR? Human Resources practitioners online receive frequent emails from employees that say, “I had a problem, so I went to HR. I told HR, and they told my boss, and now my boss is mad at me.

2016 104

New Law in MA: No Asking About Salary

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Everyone is talking about this. In fact, I’ve talked about it before. But, it’s worth looking at again, to understand why this law can possibly help with salary discrimination. Frankly, I don’t think it needs to be a law, but I do think it needs to become part of the culture.

2016 91

Interview Questions Candidates Want You to Ask

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We talk a lot about questions hiring managers and recruiters should ask , but we never talk about the questions that the job candidates actually want to be asked. If you want to find the best people for your open positions, try some of these questions: “What makes you angry?”

2016 96

The Michael Scott Guide to Being Self-Aware At Work

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When you’re the boss, you can get away with a lot because people are used to sucking up to you. You may start thinking your jokes are funnier than they are, and that all your ideas are fantastic. Michael Scott, from The Office , was the king of cluelessly saying inappropriate things.

2016 106

Connections Are Everything: Is Your Professional Network Hurting or Helping You?

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If you find yourself rolling your eyes every time you read one of those “networking is the best way to find a job” articles, the problem isn’t the career advice, the problem is your network.

2016 103

Can Anything Bad Happen When You Ask for a Raise?

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Why do we get so nervous when it comes to asking for a raise? The worst thing that can happen is that your boss says no, right? And then you’re no better off than you were before asking. Except, sometimes, asking for a raise can go south and jeopardize your relationship with your boss.

2016 105

How to Pick the Best Holiday Presents for Your Employees and Clients

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The Halloween decorations are down, and the Christmas Trees are about to start popping up, which means it’s time for you to think about gifts , and parties. Business owners and managers often have large gift lists–for employees and clients–to fill. Figuring out what to get these people can be difficult , so I turned to expert gift giver, Ashley Wong, CEO and Founder of Gemnote , a company that specializes in gifts. Here’s what she said.

2016 86

Do I have to disclose that I was fired?

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I moved across the country for a new job. Everything they told me in the interview was a lie. I was abused and bullied to the point of medical issues and having to see a therapist. After inquiring about short-term disability medical leave, just today, I was fired from that job.

2016 99

5 Things You Should (Almost) Never Tell Your Boss

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In an ideal world, you should always have an open and honest relationship with your boss. In the real world, we’re human, and our bosses are human. And sometimes humans don’t know what to do with a bit of information.

2015 106

What Kind of Lawyer Should I Hire For My Job Problem?

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I get a lot of questions where the answer is, “you need to speak with an attorney.” ” Attorneys are expensive, and while some work on contingency, most employment law cases aren’t these big cash cows that you read about in the news. So, you’ll have to pay up.

2016 89