Evil HR Lady

What Homeland Security Wants You to Know About Workplace Violence

Evil HR Lady

Even though the recent attack in San Bernadino turned out to be terrorism rather than a general disgruntled employee attack, it still prompts us to ask the question, “Is my office prepared for an attack?” ” Now, this doesn’t mean that you need to panic.

2015 152

Team Building Activities That Actually Work

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I’m not a huge fan of team bonding activities, largely because I’m an introvert who hates games. Okay, not all games, but I don’t want to play volleyball or go rock climbing, or play flag football, and frankly, no one wants me on their team anyway.

2016 130

Your Rigid Attendance Policies Are Making Everyone Sick

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The flu is terrible this year and because the flu shot isn’t very effective this year, there’s a chance you’ll get it even if you did the responsible thing and get your flu shot. This means that your employees are likely to get sick as well. And the flu isn’t the only thing hitting people this year. My town has also been hit with norovirus, which means contagious vomiting and diarrhea. Basically, everyone is living in a panic all the time that they’ll be next.

2018 51

The Single Most Important Thing You Need for a Productive Team

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Every company wants high productivity. Some companies go to great lengths to figure out to hire people that work well together and put all sorts of perks in place to make people happier at work. Awesome.

2016 127

This Is How You Write a Job Description That Candidates Will Actually Read

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Job descriptions can often blur into one. Companies are constantly looking for a “motivated and self-directed individual” who can “hit the ground running” in an “exciting and fast-paced environment.”. Reading that, you have no idea if they’re talking about a senior-level finance position or a preschool teacher. It’s not like there’s ever a job description that says a business is seeking a “lazy individual” who “will require extensive training” in a “boring and tedious environment.”.

2018 58

We Don’t Have a Talent Shortage, We Have a Training Shortage

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I had the opportunity to be interviewed by Chris Rainey on the HR Leaders Podcast–and Youtube Channel. You can watch it below or listen to it on Apple Podcasts by clicking here. Give it a listen and tell me what you think.

2017 70

The 9 Worst Ways to Manage People

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If you’ve ever had a bad boss (and we’ve all had a bad boss at some time or another—ask me about my manager who used to corner me and try to argue scriptures with me), you’ve seen some awful management. But, do their actions qualify as the worst way to manage people?

2016 127

The Worst Possible Job Descriptions

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The language used to describe something can make a huge difference in our perceptions. Writer and fitness expert James Fell posted a request to “ badly explain your profession” on his Facebook Page. He described his own profession as: “I make ‘eat less, move more’ really complicated.” ” His followers didn’t disappoint. Fell gave me permission to share some of the best bad descriptions.

2017 100

How Can I Get My Employees to Be On Time?

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We have a small business with only four employees. We need our employees to be on time because our clients come to us. If our staff doesn’t arrive at the designated time, we often have clients waiting for them out in the parking lot.

2017 64

Old Dog, New Tricks: Is It Too Late for a Career Change?

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One of my long time friends posted this on his Facebook, “Sitting here watching TED talks about creativity and education and wondering at what point in my life I went from being a truly creative person to just being a good test taker and hoop-jump-through-er.”

2016 122

10 Easy Ways to Make Yourself Happy in 2016

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Life can sometimes be tough, and January can bring that out in spades. Little things-like this morning I walked my son to school at 7:45 and it was still dark out. Talk about depressing.

2016 124

Amazon to Hire 100,000 without Asking for Salary History. Women Still Hit Hardest.

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Like Google, Facebook, and Cisco, Amazon has announced that they will throw out the “tell us your salary history” question in the hopes of eliminating the effects of past discrimination. Several states and cities have adopted legislation that does the same thing. If a job is worth $75,000, and the person can do the job, that person should earn $75,000 regardless of whether the person earned $50,000 before–male or female.

2018 51

Are You Old? Like, Really Old? Like, 35?

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Everyone knows that only young people are good at tech jobs. Okay, everyone knows that statement is foolish, but so many tech companies only want to hire young people. One man decided to start a job board for “ old geeks.”

2016 102

5 Etiquette Tips for Your Holiday Office Party

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The company holiday party is, undoubtedly, coming up. That can mean anything from a potluck in the office to a fancy ball with dinner and dancing, but regardless, you need to behave properly. When one needs to behave properly at a function, to whom does one turn?

2015 121

New Year, New You: Guide to Taking Your Résumé Up a Notch

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A résumé is, first and foremost, a marketing document. It’s not supposed to be your entire life history, and it doesn’t include bad things, just good. Remember marketing. Would Coca-Cola make a commercial that highlighted the sugar content of its flagship product?

2016 117

50 Most Surprisingly Flexible Jobs in 2015

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When you ask people what they look for in a job , they often say they want flexibility and a good work-life balance. Those jobs may seem few and far between, or limited to only a few industries, but that isn’t true. FlexJobs just released a list of the 50 most surprising flexible jobs in 2015.

2015 120

When #MeToo and Sexual Harassment Revelations Trigger PTSD at the Office, What Do You Do?

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Yesterday, another two public officials resigned due to sex scandals and their resignations seem a bit backward. The first, Al Franken (D-Minn) had photos of him inappropriately touching women. He, however, denied that he’d really done anything really wrong, saying, “I also think it gave some people the false impression that I was admitting to doing things that in fact I haven’t done. Some of the allegations against me are simply not true. Others I remember very differently.”

2017 59

Starting an HR Department in Your Small Business

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When your business is just you and your college roommate, HR is the last thing on your mind, but when should you start thinking about starting an HR department? Ideally it would be before you hire your first employee, but that’s not practical. So here’s a guide for what you actually need: Your First Hire. When you bring the first employee on board, think about what he or she would expect from a human resources perspective.

2017 58

Employee Background and Your Health Insurance Plan

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Does employee background matter when you’re looking for a health insurance plan for your small business? When you’re looking at plans, the possibilities can seem endless, even if there are only one or two providers in your state. Do you want a PPO, an HMO, an EPO, a POS or an HDHP with an HSA? Yes, this alphabet soup all refers to different types of health insurance plans that may be available to you and your employees.

An HR Viewpoint of Trump’s Bad Language

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By now the whole world has blown up over President Trump’s “sh!thole” thole” remark. It even caused a stir as foreign newspapers tried to figure out how to translate the word properly. Chinese media outlets are tightly controlled and have relatively little latitude when it comes to creative interpretations. The official Xinhua News Agency and other outlets translated the expletive as “fenkeng” — literally “cesspit.”

2018 50

5 Things You Do that Drive Your Boss Crazy

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You’re ambitious and smart, and you have plans. You know your job well, and you work hard, so why does your boss hate you? Well, maybe not hate you, but it’s clear that she likes your coworker a lot more than she likes you, even though you’re clearly the better employee.

2016 105

Crowd Sourcing: What is the best interview question you have ever been asked?

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When you were a job candidate. what is the best question a hiring manager/HR person/other person on the hiring panel ever asked you? Why was it a great question? Answer in the comments or send me an email at evilhrlady@gmail.com. Looking forward to hearing your questions

Ineffective HR Makes Sexual Harassment Thrive. Here’s How to Fix it.

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Is your HR department effective at stopping sexual harassment , or are they like many of the companies described by The New York Times, “ineffective”? There are many reasons why HR can’t put a stop to all discrimination and harassment (of all kinds, not just sexual harassment), but we can change that. Here are the problems and solutions. Problem: “HR’s client is the company, which means that HR is supposed to protect the company’s interests.”

Sam’s Club and Walmart Face a PR Disaster Caused by Bad HR

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Walmart: Everything is awesome! Raises and bonuses for all! Also Walmart: Shh, we’re closing 53 Sam’s Clubs. Don’t look! On the same day, people. And they didn’t even tell all the Sam’s club employees that they were being laid off before the poor people arrived to work and found the doors locked. Everyone is calling this a PR disaster. I’m calling it an HR disaster.

2018 49

3 Creative Ways to Boost Your Career During Your Commute

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The average American commutes 24.5 minutes to work —that’s nearly an hour a day. Some may see their commutes as a hassle, but the truth is, a commute can be a great opportunity to dedicate time to activities you normally don’t find time for at home or work.

2016 102

  Why You Should Never Accept a Low-Ball Salary Offer

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No one starts to look for a new job simply because there’s a full moon or Netflix removed your favorite show. There’s generally a stronger reason, like you can’t stand your boss, there are no promotional opportunities at your new job, or you really, really, really deserve a raise.

2016 103

A New Study Finds Bad Managers Aren’t the Reason Employees Quit

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Good management is important. We all know this. In fact, multiple studies have shown that not getting along with a manager is often the strongest influence on employee engagement—and eventual departure. Or, at least, that’s what we thought. According to new research from IBM on why employees quit, the old HR adage “people don’t leave companies, they leave managers” is being called into question.

2017 59

What Are the Right Retirement Benefits for Your Business?

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If you want to attract quality talent, your business needs to offer the right retirement benefits. Sometimes, small companies think there isn’t much they can provide, but that’s incorrect. There are plenty of choices out there for you and your employees. Here are a few. Pensions. When you think about retirement, defined benefit plans—also known as pensions—might come to mind. These are very popular in government jobs and used to be standard at big businesses.

2017 56

5 Ways to Overcome a Bad Reference

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In an ideal world, all bosses would be fantastic , and the only bad references would be for former employees who deserved the bad reference. In the real world, some managers are mean and vindictive and will set out to destroy people who were great employees.

2016 107

Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda Know Nothing About Tipped Wages

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$2.13 an hour sounds like an immoral rate of pay. Only a cold-hearted jerk would pay a hard-working (or even a lazy) employee $2.13 an hour. This is why Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin’s campaign to raise the tipped minimum wage to at least the federal minimum wage (currently $7.25

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The HR Policies You Need to Hire and Retain More Female Talent

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Author Maz Evans was typing rapidly in an airport when a man saddled up next to her and said what he undoubtedly thought was a compliment—that he’d love to hire her as his secretary. “If If he ever wanted to be mine, he’d already failed the interview,” Maz recounted. Talk about an antiquated stereotype. If you really want to attract and retain more female employees, you have to start by rejecting this kind of Stone-Age thinking.

2018 46

What Is the Meaning of HR Confidentiality?

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Want to know what confidentiality really means in HR? Human Resources practitioners online receive frequent emails from employees that say, “I had a problem, so I went to HR. I told HR, and they told my boss, and now my boss is mad at me.

2016 104

New Law in MA: No Asking About Salary

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Everyone is talking about this. In fact, I’ve talked about it before. But, it’s worth looking at again, to understand why this law can possibly help with salary discrimination. Frankly, I don’t think it needs to be a law, but I do think it needs to become part of the culture.

2016 91

The Michael Scott Guide to Being Self-Aware At Work

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When you’re the boss, you can get away with a lot because people are used to sucking up to you. You may start thinking your jokes are funnier than they are, and that all your ideas are fantastic. Michael Scott, from The Office , was the king of cluelessly saying inappropriate things.

2016 106

Interview Questions Candidates Want You to Ask

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We talk a lot about questions hiring managers and recruiters should ask , but we never talk about the questions that the job candidates actually want to be asked. If you want to find the best people for your open positions, try some of these questions: “What makes you angry?”

2016 96

Connections Are Everything: Is Your Professional Network Hurting or Helping You?

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If you find yourself rolling your eyes every time you read one of those “networking is the best way to find a job” articles, the problem isn’t the career advice, the problem is your network.

2016 103

Can Anything Bad Happen When You Ask for a Raise?

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Why do we get so nervous when it comes to asking for a raise? The worst thing that can happen is that your boss says no, right? And then you’re no better off than you were before asking. Except, sometimes, asking for a raise can go south and jeopardize your relationship with your boss.

2016 105

How to React When an Employee Accuses the Most Powerful Person in the Office of Sexual Harassment

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You’re the HR Manager and an employee comes to you and says, “ I’d like to report sexual harassment.” ” You pull out your notepad and a pen and say, “ Sit down, and tell me what happened.” ” . Moments like these are a dime a dozen when you’re an HR manager. Some of them are silly. (“Jane asked me out on a date!”)

2017 59

5 Things You Should (Almost) Never Tell Your Boss

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In an ideal world, you should always have an open and honest relationship with your boss. In the real world, we’re human, and our bosses are human. And sometimes humans don’t know what to do with a bit of information.

2015 106

Do I have to disclose that I was fired?

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I moved across the country for a new job. Everything they told me in the interview was a lie. I was abused and bullied to the point of medical issues and having to see a therapist. After inquiring about short-term disability medical leave, just today, I was fired from that job.

2016 99