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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)?

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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 170

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 128

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 169

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 148

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 132

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.

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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 136

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 134

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 140

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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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 139

The College Bribery and Cheating Scandal is Really a Sign of HR Failure

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You’ve heard now how CEOs and Movie stars manipulated the system, bribed people, made up sports teams , and arranged for their kids to cheat on SATs and ACTs in order to get into “good” schools. But, have we stopped to think about why it’s so important to get into the “right” schools? Yes, some schools have better academic rigor than others. That’s clear. You will get a better education at some schools than you will at others. That is also clear.

2019 128

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 160

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 203

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 137

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 165

Employee Privacy When Your Employee Needs Help

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Human resources is all about employee privacy. We keep information on salaries, performance appraisals, health insurance applications and disciplinary actions. We don’t gossip, and we only share when it’s necessary. We tell employees repeatedly that we’re not counselors, priests or lawyers, so please don’t tell us about your marriage, your sins or your legal issues. But what if we know someone needs help in that area? Then what? Let’s say Jane has taken multiple sick days in the past month.

2019 134

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 139

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 146

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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Why $35,308 and $147,414 Are the New Critical Salaries

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The Department of Labor recently announced some new minimum salaries for exemption from overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Currently, in order to be exempt from overtime you need to meet the duties test and earn at least $23,660 per year ($455 weekly). This salary has been in place since 2004, so it seems like a good time to make a change. Additionally, the definition of highly compensated employees is changing from $100,000 per year to $147,414.

2019 125

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 151

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 155

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 151

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 169

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.

2019 139

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

Amazon Women Battle for Daycare. Bezos Says No.

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When your kid gets sick, your daycare provider breaks a leg, or there’s a snow day, finding a backup provider can be difficult if not impossible. So, it’s understandable that a group of Amazon employees, who call themselves “Momazonians” want Amazon to step in and provide a backup childcare perk.

2019 128

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 171

Sonic Employees Walk Out. Here’s Why.

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Employees from the Circleville, Ohio, Sonic quit–as a group. They were fed up with new management, and walked out together, leaving this sign behind: What happened here and how can you prevent it from happening in your own business? To keep reading, click here: Sonic Employees Walk Out. Here’s Why. The post Sonic Employees Walk Out. Here’s Why. appeared first on Evil HR Lady

2019 136

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 150

47 Percent of Women Think Their Bosses are Their Friends. That Number Should Be Closer to Zero.

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Does your boss have your back? 50 percent of men think so, but only 39 percent of women do, according to a recent survey done by RingCentral Glip. If you’re a boss, these numbers should concern you, as you should have the backs of all your employees. You give your employees credit for all departmental successes and take the flack for departmental failures and handle feedback one on one. That’s what good managers do. But, having your back doesn’t mean being your friend.

2019 148

Walmart Changes Will Force a Disabled Employee Out

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For the past 10 years, Adam Catlin has worked as the store greeter at the Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania Walmart. Catlin has cerebral palsy which affects his ability to walk, lift, and even hold a pen. But, he was able to greet people, which was the primary function of his job. However, according to store officials, on April 26, the job is changing–to include things that Catlin can’t do, like lift up to 25 pounds and be on his feet for a good portion of the day.

2019 137

Bad HR Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

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Recruiters and hiring managers regularly ghost job candidates. You know how it works–candidate comes in, interviews, sometimes multiple times and then the recruiter never, ever gets back to the candidate again. Emails are unanswered. Phone calls are ignored. And no one in Human Resources cared. Employees have started ghosting their employers. Managers are shocked when someone just stops showing up.

2019 141

Why Being a Woman in a Man’s World Can Actually Be Deadly

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Men and women are different. This used to not be a shocking statement, but after what James Damore went through at Google, it can seem somewhat controversial to point out that there are differences between the sexes. Regardless of brain differences, though, we have definite body differences. The average American man is 5’9″ tall while the average woman is 5’4″ tall. As a tall woman (5’8″) I haven’t thought much about height differences.

2019 132

Knowing this One Truth Saved My Friend’s Job (and It Could Save Yours)

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A couple of weeks ago, I got a call from a friend. She was in a panic: her husband’s boss told him he had the option of being bumped down to an intern or resigning. The intern job came with intern level pay and responsibility , of course. They placed a legal document in front of him and begrudgingly gave him 24 hours to sign it, or he would be fired. Now, this took place in Switzerland, and my friends are also expats.

2019 143

The White House Shouldn’t Have Revoked Jim Acosta’s Credentials because CNN Should Have Fired Him First

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There’s a standard story in recruiting where a candidate for a high-level position treats the receptionist poorly. As a result, the hiring manager rejects the candidate because anyone who treats a receptionist that way isn’t the type of person you’d want to hire.

2018 172

The Hidden Costs of Employee Relocation (and Why Employers Should Care)

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Stress at work isn’t limited to aggressive deadlines or closing important deals. In fact, work stress can start even before employees show up on the first day, during the relocation process. According to one report, two of the most stress-inducing life events are moving and starting a new job.

2019 144

Please Stop Punishing Employees for the Polar Vortex

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The weather in the Midwest and parts of Canada has been absurdly low and dangerous. Even the post office (“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night.” ” canceled delivery in some places because it was so cold. And while I’m all warm and snuggly in my home ( yay for working from home !)

2019 139

Why You Should (Almost) Always Offer Severance Pay

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A severance package can seem somewhat silly. Why should you offer money to someone who will no longer be working for you? The reality is that any time you terminate someone, you should offer severance pay — or at least strongly consider it. Remember that before you initiate termination, you always want your employment attorney to double-check that you’re in compliance with all laws and that your documents are in order. You also want to be consistent in when you offer severance pay.

2019 128

How Employee Appreciation Can Make a Difference

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Workers deserve to feel appreciated every day they walk into the office. After all, without these team members performing vital tasks, your organization wouldn’t be able to do business. Not to mention, employees who feel valued are more likely to work harder and be more productive. Looking to boost morale and output at your workplace? Follow these four tips to help your fellow employees feel appreciated on a daily basis. Listen to Your Colleagues.

2019 136

The Viral Tweet that Explains the High Cost of Expertise

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Davy Greenberg summed up the feelings of a lot of us out there who make our living offering services directly : If I do a job in 30 minutes it’s because I spent 10 years learning how to do that in 30 minutes. You owe me for the years, not the minutes.– – davy. davygreenberg) February 15, 2019. The tweet went viral (with 36,000 retweets and 123,000 likes at this writing) and evoked a lot of emotion. This is something a lot of us can relate to.

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