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This College Graduation Speech Got a Spontaneous Standing Ovation. Here’s Why.

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Graduation season is upon us, and that comes with a lot of boring speeches and a few gems.

2019 236

How to Spot — and Address — Employee Disengagement

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Employee engagement is sure to be at the forefront of any employer’s mind, but how often do you hear someone talking about employee disengagement ? You can have a great work environment , but even if 90 percent of your employees are happy and engaged, there are bound to be a few stragglers. Now, some employers think that one or two unhappy employees won’t have that big of an impact on their business.

2019 138

Swiss Saturday: The Passive Aggressive Note

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A couple of days ago, a neighbor placed the above note in our mailbox. Here’s a rough translation (as I’m not a professional translator). Dear Lucas Family, Is it too difficult to walk through the house before you go to bed (and turn all the lights off)?

2019 240

10 Things Every Working Mom Needs

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With Mother’s Day just around the corner, husbands and children are thinking of presents for wives and mothers. Just what does a working mom want for a Mother’s Day present ? Well, probably not these things, unless your wife/mother loves practical gifts. Some moms love practical and some moms want jewelry. I assume you know what the mother in your life wants, and if not, ask. But these are things that every household needs–even if it’s dad who does the cooking.

2019 147

Amazon Fires Hundreds Via Computer Algorithm. I’m Okay with That.

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Remember when Amazon scrapped its artificial intelligence program for recruiting because it was biased against women? That wasn’t the end of computer decision making for Amazon. The Verge uncovered documents from Amazon showing that they use computers to warn and fire warehouse workers based on productivity. While I’ll argue all day that it’s critical for companies to put my human into their human resources, I’m okay with this type of computer led termination scheme.

2019 163

Harvard Makes a Huge Mistake In Firing Professor for Doing His Job

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Harvard said that they would not renew Professor Ronald S. Sullivan Jr. and his wife, Stephanie Robinson, positions as faculty deans of Winthrop House, a dorm for undergraduate student after student protest. Why were students upset? Because Sullivan is not only a law professor, he’s a defense attorney and he joined the defense team for Harvey Weinstein , who is accused of rape and sexual assault and is the poster boy for the #metoo movement.

2019 135

This Simple Trick Can Help Eliminate Gender Bias in Performance Ratings

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Unconscious bias sneaks up on you. In medicine, it can be deadly , but in other fields, it can kill careers. We’ve long known that university students favor male professors and rate them higher than female professors. While you can argue that overall men tend to be better professors than women, there was a strong suggestion that some unconscious bias was at play.

2019 164

When Your Technicians Encounter Awkward—or Dangerous— Situations

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Field service technicians are in and out of customers’ homes and workplaces all day long, and while some of those could be featured on “House Beautiful,” others are more likely to end up on “Hoarders.” What kind of advice should you give to your technicians to prepare them for what they might encounter? Dealing With Inappropriate Customer Behavior. Lauren Hough described her career as a “ cable guy ” (her description), in a Huffington Post article.

2019 153

5 Reasons It’s So Hard to Go Back to Work After Being a Stay at Home Mom or Dad

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About 11 million parents are staying at home right now , taking care of the children. Usually, that’s a temporary stop on a career path, and mom (usually) or dad (becoming more common) will return to work, whether it’s after the kids start school, or stop nursing, or whenever financial necessity becomes a reality. Going back isn’t always that easy. Here’s why. Finding a job can be hard.

2019 121

When Bad Job Applicants Can Be Your Best Hire

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Some people dismiss certain “types”of job candidates out of hand, regardless of skills, experience or potential. If you don’t fit their idea of what an employee should be like, you’re rejected. This is, of course, illegal in the case of race, religion, disability and a few other things, but perfectly legal in many cases. Is this wise behavior? Absolutely not. Once you start hiring people, the last thing you want is a bunch of clones.

2019 149

No Place for Breastfeeding? That Will be $3.8 Million, Please

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Federal law requires that you provide breastfeeding moms a room with a locking door–that is not a bathroom–to pump breast milk up until the baby’s first birthday. This is pretty easy in a big office building with lots of space, but not so easy in a firehouse. The law, however, doesn’t make an exception for difficulty, as the City if Tuscon found out–to the tune of $3.8 million.

2019 155

Recruiting Company Cynet Systems Advertises for ‘Caucasians Preferred’ and ‘Female Candidate Only.’ Here’s What Happened Next

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It’s 2019, so you would think that everyone knows that companies cannot make hiring decisions based on race or sex, but it’s also 2019 so the whole world has gone crazy.

2019 142

Should I Suspend an Employee While I Investigate?

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A patient has accused one of our employees of a HIPAA violation. The patient says the employee looked up her medical records and shared the information with her neighbor. We are, of course, conducting an investigation, but this is our first HIPAA investigation, so we’re not sure what to do while it occurs. Should the employee be suspended while we investigate? Should we withhold her patient access? Should she be paid? Naturally, if we find that she did do this, she’ll be fired.

2019 126

Uptight Coworkers? Spiking Their Drinks with LSD is Not the Way to Solve this Problem.

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Do your coworkers lack a sense of humor? Are they not excited about happy hour on Thursdays? Well, a 19-year-old Enterprise Rent-A-Car worker in Missouri admits to giving his coworkers LSD laced drinks to his coworkers because “they were too uptight, and needed to have better energy.” ” “…allegedly told investigators he did it because “they were too uptight, and needed to have better energy,” [link] — Alyssa Hernandez | High on HR (@highonhr) March 23, 2019.

2019 171

Welcome to Tax Hell, Little Earl of Sussex

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Congratulations are in order to Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, as they welcomed their yet unnamed son into the world yesterday. The new little Earl ( he won’t get a Prince title like his cousins ) weighed in at a healthy weighs 7lbs. 3oz and comes with a life long tax burden.

2019 130

What Five Jobs Have Other People Had? (The Answers May Surprise You)

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My first non-babysitting job (I started babysitting for the neighbors at 11) was fast food ; so was my second. I’ve worked retail, been an administrative assistant, taught LSAT prep, sold truck bumpers and trained people to use SAP. I’ve run numbers, and I’ve fired people , I’ve coached managers, and written countless articles. In other words, my varied work history is absolutely normal.

2019 142

It’s Time to Stop Acquiring Talent

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Talent is something that’s inborn, and when you acquire something, you just grab it off the shelf. Well, job candidates aren’t cartons of milk. It’s Time To Stop Hiring Talent! Suzanne Lucas | DisruptHR Talks from DisruptHR on Vimeo.

2019 197

You Won’t Be Happy Until You Follow Adam Sandler’s Hilarious Advice from Saturday Night Live

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Saturday Night Live isn’t really known for helping people make better life choices (although the Steve Martin, Amy Poehler, and Chris Parnell sketch “Don’t Buy Things You Can’t Afford” is a clear exception). But, this past Saturday Adam Sandler gave amazing (and hilarious) advice to all of us: you can’t get away from you.

2019 128

Be Careful When you Choose your High-Potential Employees

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When devoting resources to high-potential employees, it’s important to consider more than just their pedigree and ambition. When trying to determine who their high-potential employees are, many businesses look for MBA graduates and those who are rising quickly through the ranks. These people can be fantastic for your organization.

2019 171

7 Lawsuits Claim Amazon Fires Pregnant Women

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Amazon is all about the money. They fully admit to firing people based on a computer algorithm. They also are a huge company, with over 600,000 employees. With that many employees, you’ll end up with a lot of pregnant women–each woman has a manager. All it takes for a lawsuit is for an employee to feel that they were treated unfairly and for a lawyer to be willing to take the case. . While some employment lawsuits result in huge payouts , most don’t.

2019 121

No, Bumble, It’s Not Okay to Discriminate Against Men

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Imagine a company sending out a press release to announce that they have a new networking tool that only allows men. Bumble has just done that–except it only allows women. Is there a difference? When we want to check our biases we can do a simple test created by Kristen Pressner, in her viral TedX talk: Flip it to test it. Is it okay to have a men-only business networking app? Of course not. Then it’s not okay to have a women-only app, but that’s exactly what Buzz Bizz has done.

2019 168

Sorry, HR, You Don’t Get Any Friends at Work–The DisruptHR Talk

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A few months ago, I wrote an article about how HR can’t have friends at work and it kind of created controversy. LinkedIn went kind of nuts discussing it, with people digging in their heels on both sides.

2018 196

I’m an Introvert–Please Give Me Space

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I just joined a big IT firm and most of my colleagues used to work there from 6-7 years. They already have chemistry within them. Any newbie joining had to follow them everywhere from lunch to tea breaks. My boss was one of them. Being an introvert it became too much for me and also being with my boss all the time was little uncomfortable.So after skipping lunches few times my coworkers started taunting me for not joining them.

2019 140

What I Learned When I Gave a TEDx Talk

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I love to speak. In fact, I feel more comfortable in front of a microphone than at a networking event. So, when my friend and colleague Kristen Pressner suggested I give a TEDx talk, I was like, sure, no problem.

2018 200

Netflix Faces a Pregnancy Discrimination Case

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Tania Zarak worked developing original content for Netflix from mid-2018 until her boss, Francisco Ramos terminated her on December 14, 2018. Zarak claims the termination was due to her pregnancy–which is illegal. Netflix, according to a statement given to Vox, said that they looked into the termination and it was not due to illegal causes and re-emphasized Netflix’s commitment to their employees’ and their families.

2019 142

Employee Loyalty: An Open Letter to Loyal Employees

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Yes, the new hires make more than you, the company party was a bit of a disaster and open enrollment won’t bring anyone joy. Please keep those suggestions coming! Dear Loyal Employees, Thank you so much for, uh, working with us for the past few years! Employee loyalty is very important in our business, and we’re happy that you are happy here. I just wanted to take the time to say thank you and go over a few questions that have come my way. Yes, the New Hire Makes More Than You Do.

2019 155

Google Walkout Leaders Now Claim Retaliation

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Last November, thousands of Google Employees participated in a walkout to protest everything from forced arbitration to transparency in sexual harassment investigations. Google listened and granted much of what the protesters asked for. So why are the organizers, upset and in the news again? Retaliation. Illegal retaliation happens when you punish an employee (either overtly or covertly) after they make a protected claim. Protected is the important thing.

2019 128

Prince Harry and Oprah Working Together on Mental Health

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Prince Harry lost his mother at a young age after his parents went through a very dirty and public divorce. He suffered from depression and, fortunately, received therapy that helped him. As a result, he and his brother and sister-in-law, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, launched Heads Together in 2017 to help with mental health. Now, the Duke of Sussex joins with Oprah to launch a television series about mental health for Apple TV.

2019 138

Forget Talent and Get to Work

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I gave a TedX talk back in May and it’s finally up on YouTube. ?. The post Forget Talent and Get to Work appeared first on Evil HR Lady. Exclusive EHRL

2018 196

You Can Still Be Fired for Being LGBTQ in Some States, but Maybe the Supreme Court Will Fix That

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Discrimination against people for their sexual orientation is wrong, right? We should hire, promote, and pay people based on what they contribute to the business not on who they date (or don’t date). But, federal law isn’t clear and right now, LGBTQ people only have clear protections in place in some states. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is the federal law which protects people on the basis of race, color, religion, sex and national origin.

2019 119

How to Use Employee Benefits to Avoid Getting Stood Up by Your Employees

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For years, hiring new employees involved a lot of “ghosting.” That is, recruiters and hiring managers would interview candidates — sometimes multiple times — and then never get back to them. No mention of “Thanks so much, but we’ve decided to go another direction” or “We’ve decided not to fill the position.” Just radio silence. Now, the tables have turned. Job candidates stop returning recruiters’ phone calls or simply don’t show up for their first day, never to be heard from again.

2019 128

3 Benefits Your Employees Actually Want

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Employer benefits used to be straightforward — provide health care, dental care and a retirement plan and you were pretty much done. But today if you want strong employee retention and the ability to recruit great people, you need to keep up with the times. Of course, solid health insurance and a retirement plan are unlikely to go out of style. But there are several less conventional benefits that are rising stars, according to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

2019 133

How to Create a Positive Work Environment

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Most people come to work to, well, work. Employees don’t necessarily expect their jobs to be fun 24/7. But that doesn’t mean your workforce needs to do business under a depressing cartoon rain cloud. Here’s how to make working at your business a positive and productive experience, and why it’s worth doing so. Why Creating a Positive Work Environment Is Important. Most employees spend more time at the office than they do with their friends and family.

2019 162

AI in HR: It’s Not Just for Hiring Anymore

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Artificial intelligence is already all the rage in tech circles, and now human resource departments are getting in on the action, too. While the most prominent place for AI in HR has typically recruiting—with bots that can help screen resumes and even conduct initial interviews—companies can now use artificial intelligence for a lot more than hiring. For instance, have you been wishing for a nice app that caters to all the needs of your organization?

2019 146

5 Employment Trends You Can Expect to See in 2019

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With each new year comes new professional trends. So, what should you expect in employment trends for 2019? While much of what you’ll see in the coming year will depend on your industry, your location and your individual business needs, there are some overarching trends that you should keep your eye on. Here are five of them. Low Unemployment. Unemployment has been steadily falling since 2010 , and at the end of 2018, the national rate was below 4 percent.

2019 172

7th Circuit Court: Age Discrimination in Hiring is Legal

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Dale Kleber was 58 when he applied for a legal position at CareFusion Corp, a unit of medical device maker Becton Dickinson and Co. The company opted not to even interview him, and hired a person with fewer qualifications–who happened to be 29. Kleber sued under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA), which protects employees over the age of 40.

2019 164

What HR Tech Leaders Say about HR 2019

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What will Human Resources look like in 2019? Well, it’s not as if we are going to go through some huge renaissance, but it’s an ever-changing field–especially when it comes to tech. At Unleash (an HR Technology Conference) last fall, I grabbed some industry leaders and got a few words about their vision for HR in 2019.

2019 167

Don’t Believe Your Boss and HR When They Tell You This

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“You will not be eligible for unemployment because you are quitting,” said John’s boss and HR manager. That makes sense, right? But there was a lot more to the story. John’s company wanted to transfer him across the country–from Indiana to Arizona. He turned down the transfer, and so they said he had to resign and wouldn’t be eligible for unemployment or severance–because they had offered him a perfectly good job.

2019 137

Equal Pay Day is a Farce (and Demoralizing).

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Today is Equal Pay Day and while it’s supposed to be a day where we focus on reducing pay inequalities, it also doesn’t represent reality. “This date symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year,” according to the National Committee on Pay Equity. The problem is they are operating on assumptions that are completely and totally false. And when you put false numbers into your equation your answer will always be false.

2019 135

This Advice Can Make 2019 the Best Year Ever

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A common theme of people who email me for help with their career is that their jobs are terrible, their bosses are unreasonable , and their pay is too low. The problem is, you can only change your own actions. While people will react differently if you behave differently, you have to make the changes to begin with. So, this morning, I stumbled across this quote from Albert Ellis: “The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own.

2019 169

Viewers Attacked a TV Meteorologist For Her Baby Bump, She Responded with Science

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Becky Ditchfield is an on-air meteorologist who also happens to be pregnant with her third child. As a result, she has a baby bump and some viewers attacked her for being a “freak with (my) belly sticking out 2 miles…” Now, let’s set aside that being pregnant does not make anyone a freak, and take a look at how Ditchfield handled the situation. Math and science for the win.

2019 132

Cutting Employee Pay

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I’m a partner in a small business (we have three partners and seven employees). A few years ago, we went through rough financial times and cut everyone’s pay, including the partners, by 20 percent. When things improved, we raised the pay back up. Now, we’re in rough financial waters again and need to do another pay cut — and we’ll likely lose our best employees. Yet the alternative is to go out of business, putting everyone out of a job.

2019 121

This Company Lets You Turn Your Unused Vacation Days into Student Loan Payments

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Americans have fewer vacation days than their European counterpart s, and yet we still don’t use them al l. Some companies allow you to roll them over and cash out when you quit, but for many Americans they just disappear into the ether. If you don’t use all your vacation days, it’s just a boon for the company–they get more work out of you for no more money.

2019 153