Evil HR Lady

HR Is Not for Wimps

Evil HR Lady

Lots of people go into HR because they like people and because they think there will be no math. The problem is, there’s lots of math, and liking people often means you’re too nice and understanding. I like math.

2021 278

Should I Sign Termination Papers?

Evil HR Lady

I live in Florida and have been told I need to sign a termination letter stating I was let go due to insubordination, conduct and behavior deemed unacceptable in accordance with the company regulations, etc.

2021 282
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Hiring from only the Top Schools is Lazy

Evil HR Lady

Hiring from top schools (or requiring degrees at all) is a simple proxy for intelligence and hard work. These things are hard to evaluate in an interview or two, so you say “well, if this candidate managed to get into Harvard and graduate theymust be smart and hard working!”

2021 280

What If There Is No Reasonable Accommodation for a Disabled Veteran?

Evil HR Lady

A reader asks: We hired a new director about 3 months ago. Things haven’t been going well. As a result, this person recently received a verbal counseling and performance improvement plan, as some serious concerns regarding performance and behavior have been brought up from numerous sources.

2021 233

Make Sure Your Diversity and Inclusion Push Includes Age

Evil HR Lady

According to the US government, I’m officially old. This is important not only for legal reasons, but because I’m likely to be a target of people who loudly proclaim equality for all.

2021 266

Lawsuit: Employees Not Paying for Pre-Shift Covid Screening

Evil HR Lady

For the past year, employers have been regularly screening employees for fevers and other Covid-19 symptoms. If you’ve attended one of my Covid webinars (the next one is on March 23) , you’ve heard me bring up the question of employee pay.

2021 244

When Doing the Right Thing Gets You Fired

Evil HR Lady

Rules are rules. We must follow rules at all costs. Zero tolerance policies come from a good place–we want everyone to know how serious we are–but they can blow up in a disastrous way. Dr. Hasan Gokal found this out the hard way, according to The New York Times.

2021 272

The REAL HR Show: Returning to Work–Is Your Culture Going to Be the Same?

Evil HR Lady

Join us tomorrow at Clubhouse! If you have an iPhone, and want a Clubhouse invitation, they just gave me a whole new batch of invitations. Just email (evilhrlady@gmail.com) me with your phone number. You have to promise to never call me. I promise to never call you.

2021 176

What I’m Reading

Evil HR Lady

Offspring #2 was deeply disappointed that Can I Bring My Pet Monkey to Work by Charles T. Passaglia was not about how he could get permission to bring his pet monkey to work, but rather about employment law. I’m working on him and will bring him to the employment law dark side soon enough.

2021 229

My Boss Removed 40 Percent of My Accounts. Can I Quit without Repaying Relocation?

Evil HR Lady

I’ve been working for the same company for 6 years. I recently relocated from Oklahoma to Minnesota and they gave me $15k for relocating. I reviewed the location in detail with the V.P. President and HR. I knew all of the financials and accounts base when I took the position. .

2021 219

I Binge-Watched Top Chef and Learned 5 Things about Feedback

Evil HR Lady

Managers often find it difficult to give clear, actionable feedback–especially when it’s negative. Almost everyone finds it difficult to take that feedback, but if you want to improve you need to listen.

2021 279

Shovel Everyone’s Sidewalk

Evil HR Lady

When I was a child, my family lived in Salt Lake City, Utah. Salt Lake gets a lot of snow and everyone is responsible for removing their own. Our next door neighbors were an elderly couple–the Hedins. By elderly, I want to make clear that they were both in their 90s when we moved in.

2021 254

Swiss Sunday: Burka Verbot

Evil HR Lady

Today, Swiss Citizens voted to ban face coverings, targeting approximately 30 women in the country. Yes, that’s right. A referendum passed prohibiting burkas in Switzerland. It was done under the guise of “protecting women” but, trust me, it has nothing to do with protecting women.

2021 230

Is an MBA a Good Investment for Companies?

Evil HR Lady

Is it sustainable for a company to pay for people to get their MBAs? The last three people we’ve given tuition reimbursement quit within a year of finishing school. It seems like we’re paying people to move to competitors. There’s no right or wrong answer to your question.

2021 205

Intermittent FMLA for Exempt Employees

Evil HR Lady

Can an employer force an exempt employee to use PTO or dock their pay for time to attend physical therapy appointments (2-3 per week) due to an approved FMLA event? In this case, the remote employee is attending therapy before normal “scheduled” work hours but, she has to start late. .

2021 238

Ramadan Business Etiquette in the Era of Covid

Evil HR Lady

It’s currently Ramadan, which runs from April 13 to the evening of May 12, 2021. If you’re Muslim, you’ve probably been looking forward to this time to reflect on life, but if you’re not, it may not be something you are thinking about.

2021 151

No Cell Phones on Breaks

Evil HR Lady

I have a friend who has worked for a golf course for over 20 years. The golf course recently implemented a policy that prohibits employees from using their cell phones at work EXCEPT for lunch breaks. .

2021 234

I Just Got Laid Off. Why Did I Get a List of All My Co-Workers’ Titles and Ages?

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2021 251

Swiss Saturday: The Lost Kitty

Evil HR Lady

This is Mikey. This is also Mikey. Mikey loves plants and adventure. Or rather, he thinks he loves adventure, but then he gets freaked out. We have an apartment on what Europeans call the first floor, but Americans call the second.

2021 229

Managers and HR Need to Work Together to Prevent Harassment

Evil HR Lady

If I asked you who handles harassment cases at work, you’d probably all say HR does. Those who know HR well would add that this is a job for the Employee Relations team. While this is true, there’s often a step before HR gets involved, and that’s the manager.

2021 161

Remote Work in the Eyes of an ‘Evil’ Human Resources Expert

Evil HR Lady

I started working at home in 2003. It was a temporary change because I wanted to be home with my baby. The internet was dial-up. I was the only person in my department working remotely. There was no plan other than I would do work. You may think you know how to do remote work but –.

2021 151

Webinar: Interpersonal HR Competencies

Evil HR Lady

Sponsored Post. Wednesday, March 31 at 2 pm CT. Register here: Interpersonal HR Competencies. 1 Hour SHRM and 1 Hour HRCI (Pending) Business Credit. This presentation teaches HR professionals the interpersonal competencies needed for business acumen.

2021 189

Why You Will Never Know the True Reason the NYT Fired

Evil HR Lady

New York Times reporter, Lauren Wolfe lost her job last week. According to Twitter, it was all about the above tweet. The theory was that The New York Times bent to the will of conservatives and fired Wolfe because of her joy in having Biden assume the presidency.

2021 234

Don’t Sell Watermelons for $1 (or, Stop Being Busy for Busy’s Sake)

Evil HR Lady

Are you using your time to be successful? Last night a friend sent me this video. This talk was, overall, excellent, but this story really struck me as a small business owner: Two men formed a partnership. They built a small shed beside a busy road.

2021 232

When You’re Too Drunk to Work

Evil HR Lady

I was terminated for not calling into work an excessive number of times. I’m not sure of the exact number, but it was more than 10. The reason I was not calling in was that I was passed out from drinking too much. I did take time off to seek treatment.

2021 221

Should a New Hire Be Allowed to Take a Trip?

Evil HR Lady

A new hire started today. He says he scheduled a trip before applying for the new job. He says he has all his reservations and has paid, so he will be taking the trip. He will finish the onboarding process and then go on the trip. What can I do?

2021 154

When Is It Okay to Call in Sick?

Evil HR Lady

My parents instilled in me a work ethic that says you have to be dying before you skip work or school. I’m not alone. Add to that, the lack of paid sick days that many Americans have and you have a lot of sick people at work.

2020 243

What You Need to Do When an Employee Is Addicted to Drugs

Evil HR Lady

Carl Hart, a professor of neuroscience and psychology at Columbia University, thinks all drugs should be legal. That’s not a shocking viewpoint–the state of Oregon just decriminalized possession of small amounts of drugs, including heroin, methamphetamine, and LSD.

2021 202

Amazon’s Pee Tweet Response–and What It Should Have Said Instead

Evil HR Lady

Amazon defended itself against Representative Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) in a fascinating tweet exchange–one that any business owner should study as an example of what not to do. Representative Pocan tweeted.

2021 174

It’s Not Pushy to Ask to Be Paid

Evil HR Lady

Offspring #1 cat sits. She’s very, very good at it. People will say, “oh my cat is shy and you probably won’t see him the entire time we’re gone,” and within 2 minutes, the cat is purring on her lap.

2020 278

The REAL HR Show Today at Clubhouse

Evil HR Lady

The REAL HR show has moved to Clubhouse! Every Thursday at 10:00 am Eastern you will find me and Brenda Neckvatal on Clubhouse! Today, though, Brenda is on a plane, so I will be alone! Please join me in discussing the horrors of HR. Here’s the link if you would like to join in!

2021 151

How Do You Tell if You Have a Good HR Department or a Bad One?

Evil HR Lady

On a Reddit post, I advised a poster to speak with her HR department. Several people jumped in to say no, go straight to the Labor Board, as HR is bad.

2020 255

The CDC’s Definition of 15 Minutes Just Changed

Evil HR Lady

At the beginning of the school year, one of my siblings shared the absolutely brilliant idea his children’s school had: Have the kids get up and run around the classroom every 14 minutes so that no one sat next to anyone for 15 minutes.

2020 255

4 unique interview questions to help you find the best employees

Evil HR Lady

Interviewing is a difficult task, and most hiring managers don’t do it very often – so they don’t have time to get good at it. But, asking unique interview questions can help you better evaluate candidates to land someone with the proper knowledge, skills, and abilities.

2021 151

David Sedaris Can Fire Everyone (and So Can You)

Evil HR Lady

Humorist David Sedaris tried to be funny writing about firing , but he fell flat. He begins: During this dif?cult cult time when so many Americas are looking for work, I’d like introduce an idea for something I’m calling the “citizen’s dismissal.”

2020 236

Why Firing the “Victim” Was the Right Thing To Do

Evil HR Lady

Have you heard the phrase “open the kimono” in a business sense? Yeah, me neither. But, apparently it was a thing. It shoudn’t be thing. It’s sexist, racist, and generally gross. And a redditor used it at work and all hell broke loose.

2020 243

Join Our “Young” Team? Hello, Age Discrimination

Evil HR Lady

Maybe it’s because I’m old ( legally in the United States, as I’m over 40 ), but “young” doesn’t seem like a good word to use to describe your team. And yet, a Resume writing company uses it. Thanks to a reader for taking a screenshot and sending this to me.).

2020 274

Breastfeeding and Smoking on Zoom. What Would HR Say?

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Is it okay to breastfeed on camera on a video conference? The Society for Human Resources asked this question. SHRM Connect: Breastfeeding on Zoom Calls… What Would You Do? link] #SHRMConnect pic.twitter.com/tXMSNFPcf1 — SHRM (@SHRM) December 2, 2020.

2020 234

Procrastinators and Planners Unite For a Better Work Experience

Evil HR Lady

I’m a procrastinator, through and through. My most significant feat as such was as an undergraduate student, when I went to the library at 6:00 pm to start research on a paper. But, I turned it in at 9:00 am the next morning and got an A—gold star for procrastinators everywhere.

2021 213

How You Can Use Envy to Help You Succeed

Evil HR Lady

Envy is bad. It’s one of the seven deadly sins, along with its pals pride, greed, wrath, lust, gluttony, and sloth. It’s super destructive if you just focus on what other people have. But Amy Alkon flipped that on its head with her article in Psychology Today, The Power of Positive Envy.

2020 219

How Networking Works in the Real World

Evil HR Lady

This morning I went for a cup of tea (ginger lemon) with someone I met on LinkedIn. A true networking meeting. And it was a networking meeting. We discussed careers and what we could do to better ourselves. She asked how I diversified my client list, and I shared a story.

2020 261

The Real Reasons You Can’t Force Your Employees to Buy Donuts

Evil HR Lady

I want to be clear that I love donuts. This post has nothing against donuts. I believe that every office that I visit should have donuts available. I think this is a good idea. However, I ran across a Reddit post about an office tradition involving $100 worth of donuts.

2020 243

Thanksgiving Thursday: What HR Really Thinks About Their Jobs

Evil HR Lady

I love my job. Sure, I hate billing and doing the paperwork, but otherwise, there’s nothing I like more than helping people with their careers, their businesses, and their employees. It turns out I’m not alone.

2020 228