Evil HR Lady

10 Tips for Leadership When You’re Not the Boss

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When founders and CEOs look to hire and promote managers , they want people who exhibit leadership. But how can you exhibit leadership if you’re stuck in individual contributor roles? No one reports to you, and you’re not even a project manager. Good news is, leader isn’t a title, it’s a group of characteristics, and you can acquire them, even if you’re not the boss. Here are 10 ideas: 1. Communicate clearly.

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Don’t Fall for this Indeed Identity Theft Scam

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Michelle was looking for a job, and Rock Island County, IL, was hiring. She was excited when she got an email, sent through recruiting site, Indeed , inviting her for an interview. But before she could schedule the interview, the recruiter needed just a few things.

2019 165

Man Brings Emotional Support Clown to Termination Meeting

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I’m on record as saying when an employee asks for something look for a way to say yes. If you come to me and say you want to bring an emotional support clown to a meeting–any meeting–I will look for a way to say no. But Human Resources people in New Zealand are nicer than I am. Or perhaps, they were blindsided and were so freaked out they didn’t know how to respond. I don’t know.

2019 154

25 Hilarious (and Terrifying) Real-Life Job Interview Red Flags

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You can Google lists of red flags for job hunters, but nothing beats actual stories. Some hiring managers really need a good dose of training before they are allowed anywhere near job candidates. Of course, we should be grateful some of them are so unintentionally honest about how awful they are to work for. A data scientist tweeted this: Data Bear, PhD @dataandpolitics. What was the biggest red flag you’ve ever gotten during a job interview?

2019 175

California Passes Legislation that May Kill the Gig Economy

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California’s Senate approved, with a 29 to 11 vote, to require companies like Uber and Lyft to treat all contractors like employees. According to the New York Times , the bill should sail through the Assembly, and Governor Gavin Newsom has already indicated that he will sign it. It fixes the primary function problem. Earlier this year, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled that Uber drivers, and similar workers, were, indeed contractors because they.

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 239

15 Crazy True Day-in-the-Life Stories from Real HR Managers

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Earlier this week, I shared some stories about what real HR looks like. Human Resources deal with people and people will always have new problems. I shared the article on LinkedIn and Facebook and I got more new stories. If you’re an HR person you’ll nod in agreement with all of these. If you’re not in HR you’ll reaffirm your decision to go into something sensible.

2019 163

Job Posting: Applicants that Include a Photograph Will Be Given First Consideration

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A Washington state aviation company posted a job listing for a Human Resources Manager. Mostly, the job listing is pretty normal, mentioning things like employee relations, policies and procedures, and tracking vacation time. But, if you scroll down to the bottom, you find this gem: “Those applicants that chose to include a photograph with their resume will be given first consideration for a personal interview.”

2019 134

Google Forced to Post Employee Rights (Your Employee Should Have the Same Rights)

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As an employee, you have rights. You may not be aware of all these rights , but that doesn’t mean they don’t exist. And now, if you’re a Google employee, you have more rights than the average employee. In a settlement with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Google agreed to post a list of rights that employees have.

2019 120

How to Celebrate Birthdays in the Office

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Everyone loves birthday cake. No, wait. Jane will only eat chocolate sheet cake from Costco. Harry is gluten intolerant. Stephanie is a vegan. The entire accounts receivable team has gone paleo. Bonnie is a Jehovah’s Witness and doesn’t celebrate her birthday or other people’s birthdays, but she doesn’t mind if you celebrate your birthday, but please don’t invite her.

2019 144

How Small Businesses Can Address Employee Lawsuits

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While major corporations tend to have large, dedicated legal teams to protect them from employee lawsuits, small businesses rarely have those kinds of resources. But small business legal advice doesn’t have to be cost prohibitive just because you can’t afford a full legal team. Here’s what you need to know. Prevention Is Key to Avoiding Lawsuits. Employee lawsuits are a risk from the moment you hire your first employee, even if that person is your best friend or brother-in-law.

2019 118

Do I Need Proof Before Beginning an Employee Investigation?

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An employee recently came forward with an accusation that two other employees were selling and buying drugs in the company parking lot. My boss says we can only investigate if the complaining employee has proof of the problem. This is his policy for all employee complaints, even harassment. He says that if the complaining employee doesn’t provide proof, we can be accused of unfair targeting. Is this how a Human Resources investigation should be conducted?

2019 181

The Department of Labor Just Announced New Protections for Parents of Special Needs Children

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If you have a child with learning or physical disabilities, you’re probably familiar with IEPs–Individual Education Plans. The Department of Labor just released an opinion letter that says that IEP meetings are covered under FMLA and that any such meetings are protected time (as long as you otherwise meet the qualifications for FMLA). Managers are required to allow eligible employees time off (unpaid) for IEP meetings. What do managers and HR need to know?

2019 153

Why Your Employees Need Sick Days — and Unsick Days

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We always want employees to take a sick day when they have the flu or come down with a stomach bug. It allows them to recover and keeps everyone else from getting sick. But what about using an “unsick day” to help prevent these illnesses in the first place? The concept is gaining traction, and for good reason. Staying healthy is about more than just bouncing back from illnesses quickly, and employees need the freedom to take time off for preventive checkups, vaccinations or therapist visits.

2019 161

Why a Manager Should Never Pad Employees’ Timecards

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I was recently promoted and will be taking over a team that previously reported to my boss. A couple years ago, due to a new law regarding exempt employees, the team was switched from exempt to nonexempt. They were given a nice bonus, $5,000, to help “soften the transition.” Recently, my boss let me know he’s been adding three hours per week to their timecards. Additionally, he allows them to clock out from home after leaving the office. For example, one employee left the office at 4 p.m.

2019 122

Can My Employer Change Me from Hourly to Salary?

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I woke up this morning to three emails from people asking essentially the same question: Can my manager stop paying me overtime by declaring that I’m a salaried employee? While giving an entirely correct answer would involve looking carefully at the job description, the answer is almost always no. Human resources manager and employee-relations expert Rebecca Goldbach says, “Everyone is born non-exempt.”

2019 156

How Citibank’s New Policy Almost Ruined My Vacation

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I’ve had a Citibank credit card for almost 20 years but Citibank canceled it on Thursday. I have a monthly storage shed payment that hits the card, but otherwise, I rarely use it. But, I pay it off every month and am generally a low maintenance kind of a person. (I I realize, paying it off every month and not using it a ton means I’m not a hugely profitable customer, but I was loyal.). I’m also an American citizen who lives in Switzerland.

2019 156

Is it Sexist to Promote a Male Employee over Two Females

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I manage three analysts: one male and two females. All analysts have been working in the field for a similar amount of time, but one of the women is currently on maternity leave. The male analyst recently asked for a promotion to a senior analyst position. This role doesn’t technically exist, so we’d have to create a new job title and job description.

2019 115

How Unconscious Bias Led a Movie Theater to Kick out 100+ Disabled Children

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Mayo Beach Adaptive Camp likes to take their campers on field trips, just like most summer camps. This camp is for disabled children (from 6-21), their siblings, and friends. Camp Director Joe Mavo bought 140 tickets for his campers and staff (t he ratio is 1 staff member to every three campers ) to attend a summer movie at the Regal Waugh Chapel & IMAX in Maryland. He informed the theater that it was for special needs children.

2019 147

Swiss Saturday: The Pharmacy

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It’s a Saturday before a Monday holiday (Pentecost) and so of course, that’s when I needed to get a prescription. Fortunately, my area has a number of drop in clinics (like urgent care) that are open on the weekend, off I popped to the big city–15 minutes on the bus–to see a doctor. My normal doctor is within walking distance of my house, which is super handy.

2019 167

Should I Give Feedback To Rejected Candidates?

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I’m a recruiter for a popular company, and we receive a lot of applicants for jobs. We can’t interview all of them, and even great candidates aren’t necessarily interviewed. And of those, most won’t be hired. Frequently, candidates — both those who get interviews and those who don’t — contact me to find out why they weren’t hired or even interviewed. Should I respond thoroughly to these inquiries, give a simple form response or ignore them? .

2019 168

Forget Work-Life Balance. Try this Instead

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Work-life balance is an elusive dream that lots of companies and people ask for. Companies declare that they offer a great work-life balance and people aim for short commutes and telecommuting to have a great work-life balance. There’s a problem, though. Balance is not what we are looking for. Think of a seesaw (or teeter-totter, depending on where you grew up). To be balanced everything needs to be the same and nothing can move.

2019 129

How to Keep Tenured Service Techs Satisfied

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It takes a lot of effort to find a new job. Because of that, people tend to stay in their positions as long as they aren’t completely miserable. That’s why if the pay is OK and the manager isn’t a total jerk, chances are that your technicians will stay with your service organization for a long time. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average tenure in the repair and maintenance profession is four years.

2019 151

This CEO’s 2,000 Word Email Explains Why German Managers Are Superior Than Those in the U.S.

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German superiority is something one shouldn’t throw around lightly–there are too many negative stereotypes about that. But, when Deutsche Bank CEO Christian Sewing announced the company would layoff 18,000 workers, he didn’t leave it just at that. He sent a 2,000-word email to his employees, explaining what was happening. Here’s why that was a great way to spread bad news. Information always helps. Losing your job is terrible. There’s no way around that.

2019 151

This Tech CEO Said Targeting Bearded White Men for VP Makes Sense

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Gala Camacho spotted a job posting on LinkedIn that she found sexist, so she commented that they “might reach a wider audience if your job ad was not so gendered and/or white. diversity #inclusion.” ” The ad was for a Vice President of Engineering at Relevant Software and included an illustration of a white guy with a beard, casually dressed. Frankly, while I agree with Camacho’s point, I don’t think it’s a huge deal.

2019 115

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 203

4 Simple Service Rules Every Field Technician Should Follow

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When you hire technicians, your first priority is ensuring that they can perform their job. Do they have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to repair a washing machine, install a furnace or troubleshoot that troublesome software? If they don’t yet have the specific skills you’re looking for, do they have the experience and capacity to learn them on the job?

2019 127

Viral Best Buy Training Question Is a Perfect Example of Clueless Corporate Policies

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When you walk into a Best Buy, or any store, do you expect to be greeted or welcomed into the store? Would you even know if there was a difference? Well, whoever wrote the Best Buy training policies thinks that there is, according to this viral tweet. View image on Twitter. Karate’s Bad Boy @flarkle.

2019 165

How to Have the “Bathroom Conversation” at the Office

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Some of my female employees have complained to me that the ladies’ bathroom in the plant is unsanitary because they sometimes find (and have shown me pictures of excrement) on toilet seats. There are other problems, as well. One time, someone asked me into the bathroom to show me a used sanitary napkin that had been pressed onto a stall wall!! I put out a memo to all female employees saying this is unacceptable.

2019 115

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 171

What Real HR Looks Like

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If you go to an HR conference or read articles about human resources (even the ones that I’ve written) you might get the idea that HR is full of exciting planning meetings, coaching managers, and designing strategy for succession planning. And that stuff does happen. For sure. But, the day to day–especially for generalists, employee relations, and HR departments of one or two–that’s not what it looks like.

2019 129

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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Why You Can’t Retaliate Against Whistleblowers

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An employee reported his boss for (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) violations and we started investigating. We found the violation wasn’t serious, and only a small corrective action was taken. However, the boss came to me with a diary he found in the employee’s office. This journal contained some thoughts about his female coworkers that would trigger all sorts of #MeToo issues if they were read aloud at a staff meeting.

2019 140

Whistleblowing: Why It Should be Embraced and How to Make it Effective

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In movies, whistleblowers uncover deep, dark company or political secrets: greedy corporate fatcats who will happily kill small children in the hopes of increasing shareholder profits. Naturally, managers hate whistleblowers and will do anything to stop them. While obviously, such things do exist (and are the reason we need whistleblower protection laws), using the word whistleblower tends to make people think they are risking their livelihood if they expose problems at work.

2019 142

Warning: Your Internship May Come with a Non-Compete Agreement

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How many times have you signed documents without looking at every word? We figure that because we’re good and honest people, everyone else is and no one would try to trick us. But, according to the Wall Street Journal companies are now getting their interns to sign non-compete and non-disclosure agreements. I don’t have much of a problem with the latter, as long as they are reasonably crafted, but I have a huge problem with intern non-competes.

2019 145

How to Stand up to a Rude Boss

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I have a boss that is extremely condescending and a control freak, so to speak. She is rather rude and makes a comment about my appearance quite often, specifically my nails. I wear my nails with the latest trends but not anything that would consider a disturbance in my work.

2019 134

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 206

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 168

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 169

How to Hire Startup Talent on Job Search Engines That Aren’t LinkedIn

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Probably the most famous job search engine is LinkedIn, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only one. It also doesn’t mean it’s the one that will stay on top forever–remember when Monster.com was the best place to find candidates and a job? Full disclosure: I got a job through a resume posted on Monster way back in 1999.).

2019 134

It’s August and All of Europe is on Vacation. How Do You Run Your Global Business?

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Paid vacation time is mandatory in the European Union–four weeks is a minimum. That number can seem crazy to people in the United States where it takes 20 years of service to reach an average of 20 vacation days a year –and even when we have it, we don’t use it all. But, in my experience, Europe embraces vacation–sometimes in ways that make no sense.

2019 131

Hiring is Broken at Other Companies (But It Doesn’t Have to Be at Yours)

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As a Human Resources Geek, many of my friends are also in HR , and I hang out in lots of HR groups. One of the things that fascinate me is the disconnect between how we see ourselves and how we see things when we’re on the other side of the table. We talk about putting employees first and streamlining things and making quality onboarding processes that make life awesome. And then, someone will go looking for a new job, and it’s almost always a completely messed up process.

2019 115

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.

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