Evil HR Lady

Can I Require Employees to Speak English?

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I manage a group of employees at a company where English is our official business language. There are a few people that speak only English, while another group speaks English and Spanish. The bilingual group often communicates in Spanish, which makes the English speakers uncomfortable. I asked the Spanish speakers to stick to English at work, but they say I’m violating their rights. It’s ruining morale! What can I do?

2019 158

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 156

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 244

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 143

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 174

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 123

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 140

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 174

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 201

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 130

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 170

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 157

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 137

Did Microsoft HR Ignore Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Complaints?

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Microsoft has over 130,000 employees, so it’s not at all surprising that there are bad employees in that bunch. Most companies have them. But, Quartz says they have an email chain from “dozens of women” detailing incidents where they felt discriminated against or that someone sexually harassed them and HR dropped the ball. As I’ve said before, bad HR is why we can’t have nice things.

2019 126

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.

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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 140

Help Set Performance Goals for Employees

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We often talk about performance goals for employees only in the context of an annual performance review, but goal setting can — and should — take different forms. Effective employee goal setting can take several forms. We often talk about performance goals for employees only in the context of an annual performance review. We rate and categorize employees, set new goals, and then we forget about it all until next year.

2019 123

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 135

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 149

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 204

The 5 Employment Laws Every Manager Should know

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Employment law is complicated and can have big repercussions for your company if employees fail to adhere to it—either out of ignorance or neglect. A talent contractor for Comcast was just forced to pay $7.5 million to settle a lawsuit over unpaid overtime—a violation of employment law. While you can’t expect everyone at your company to be experts in the law (that’s why you should have an attorney on retainer), your managers should be trained on the basics.

2019 135

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

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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 165

You Can Support Women and Ban Babies from the Office

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Babies are so adorable. I’ve had two and would have had more if circumstances were different. Some companies allow new moms to bring their babies into the office for a while. If that’s what you want for your company, that’s great! But you don’t need to feel guilty for one minute about saying no to a request to bring a newborn into the office.

2019 135

Employee Time Tracking 101 for Managers

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Late last year, I did a webinar for BeeBole on Time Tracking. They just got a copy up on the internet and it’s free! So, go ahead and watch. What you’ll learn from this 60-minute webinar: Why your company should be tracking employee time How to set effective and realistic time tracking goals Tips for smooth implementation and compliance.

2019 126

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 166

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 173

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 170

Please Stop Parenting Your Adult Children

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One of the reasons we don’t hire teenagers to run businesses is that we want adults. Adults should be independent, but a new survey shows that parents are continuing to parent their adult children way too far into adulthood.

2019 135

What if a High Performing Executive is Also a Bully?

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One of my employees, Katie, recently approached me with complaints about her manager, Holly. Katie told me Holly is abrasive, curses at employees in public and has gone through five administrative staff members in the past seven months because she’s intimidating and disrespectful to her team. Holly is also a high revenue manager, so my boss is asking me to look the other way and ask Katie to resign if she is unhappy. I feel that if I do this I would be breaching my moral compass.

2019 140

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 172

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 156

Using Cross-Departmental Collaboration to Break Down Company Silos

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Do you know what happens when your organization doesn’t have cross-departmental collaboration? Complex reports—which call for data from six different people—are created, followed by hardcore analysis and then numerous revisions based on feedback from three different stakeholders. And, to top it all off, the recipients of these reports may then complain about how long the process takes. But wait, isn’t this an example of cross-departmental collaboration?

2019 142

Happy Valentine’s Day: These Jobs Increase Your Chances of Divorce

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On February 14 we celebrate love in the name of St. Valentine, who was beaten, stoned, and decapitated because of his support of marriage. So, basically, it’s always been a bummer of a holiday, which brings us to divorce. Here are, according to a 5-year study, are the professions most prone to unhappily ever after. Gaming managers 52.9 percent Bartenders 52.7 percent Flight Attendants 50.5 percent Gaming Services Workers 50.3

2019 152

The Benefits of Employee Assistance Programs

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Every employer knows that employees want health insurance and a retirement plan, but employee assistance programs are also very important, even if you’ve never heard of them. What are employee assistance programs (EAPs)? Basically, an employee assistance program helps employees solve non-work problems. They can provide assistance with finances, legal issues, and even marriage problems.

2019 126

How HR Can Use Performance Reviews to Help the Whole Company

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It’s not hard to understand why an increasing number of companies are choosing to do away with annual performance reviews: according to one study , over 94 percent of employees would prefer their manager address feedback in real time rather then wait until the end of the year. But annual performance reviews aren’t all bad. Formal ratings provide a macro-view of performance and engagement levels across the company. If the results of any group (department, experience level, etc.)

2019 152

If You Want More Diversity in Your Office, Test Yourself with This

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Can you see two sides to every issue ? Not everyone can. A lot of people see things as either my way or the wrong way. And studies are showing that we’re getting a lot more divided in our thinking. The Atlantic and Predictwise took a look at the political divide by county–but instead of saying “this county is red, this county is blue” they looked at “partisan prejudice.” ” They found that.

2019 140

Bossiness Is Not a Leadership Trait, No Matter What Sheryl Sandberg Says

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Note: This Sheryl Sandberg quote keeps showing up and I have strong feelings, so I’m re-running. “I want every little girl who someone says ‘they’re bossy’ to be told instead, ‘you have leadership skills,'” said Sheryl Sandberg. The COO of Facebook says she was told this, and look at her now! This quote keeps showing up on my Facebook feed, and while I love my friends, this quote is driving me nuts. Bossy is not leadership.

2019 147

New Jersey Makes It Illegal To Require Victims in Discrimination or Harassment Cases to Remain Silent

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When companies settle harassment, discrimination, or retaliation cases, it’s pretty standard that all parties sign non-disclosure agreements. For example, a Florida man had to give back an $80,000 settlement for discrimination after his daughter blabbed. But, New Jersey has decided enough is enough , and from now on, if the victim wants to keep everything quiet, they can, but if they want to speak up, there’s nothing to stop them.

2019 126

Kansas Police Respond Brilliantly to the Two Most Stubborn and Stupid People Ever.

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If you were the police and received a call about a road rage incident that demanded your attention, you’d probably expect the situation to be somewhat dangerous, but the Lawrence, Kansas Police Department found the situation to just be spectacularly stupid. The most ridiculous call of 2019 (so far) A thread. pic.twitter.com/F2SKHqDdZV -; Lawrence Police (@LawrenceKS_PD) February 28, 2019.

2019 140

It’s Employee Appreciation Day: Thank the Techs Who Work Through Anything

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The U.S. Postal Service’s unofficial motto — “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds” — was called into question during the polar vortex when the agency halted mail service in some areas because of extreme temperatures. You know who didn’t stop? Field service technicians. They were still out there, fixing furnaces, power lines, oil pipelines and other critical equipment.

2019 138

Managing Your Managers’ Stress Levels

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Business is hard and you need to make money. Sometimes things happen outside of your control or a new competitor pops up and what was easy before now becomes complicated. Lots of business owners put pressure on their managers to reach goals, right? Ask — no, demand — that they work hard, stretch and, if they must, put pressure on their team. That’s how a lot of businesses operate, but there’s a problem: stressed-out managers are bad for everybody at the company.

2019 151

What to Say When the Boss Says No

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Sometimes the boss says no. Sometimes they shouldn’t. But, no isn’t always the right answer, and you can push back. Judy Galbraith and Jim Delisle compiled a list of ideas of how gifted teens can respond to teachers in their book The Gifted Teen Survival Guide , and they apply surprisingly well in the business world. Granted, you’re not students and your bosses aren’t your teachers, but the relationship can be surprisingly similar.

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