Evil HR Lady

When Doing the Right Thing Gets You Fired

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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.

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Swiss Saturday: The Lost Kitty

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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.

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No Cell Phones on Breaks

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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

Shovel Everyone’s Sidewalk

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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

Intermittent FMLA for Exempt Employees

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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

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

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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.

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The Real HR Show: Why HR Should Stop Being Judgy

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2021 171

Texas and Mississippi Say All Businesses Can Open 100 Percent, With No Masks

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced on Tuesday that Texas businesses can open at full capacity without masks starting next week. Texans, Abbott explained, can be responsible for their own safety.

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

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Why You Should Hire People Who Make Typos

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The best people for certain jobs may not have perfect résumés. Oh, sure, they’ll have the skills you need, but you might spot a “their” that should be “there” or vice versa. Many hiring managers reject such people on the spot.

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Why You Will Never Know the True Reason the NYT Fired

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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.

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2021 Virtual HR Summit

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Registration is Now Open. Come join us for a virtual HR summit March 22-26 and get HRCI and/or SHRM Credit while learning amazing things about the following; March 22nd: When Hiring The Perfect Candidate Isn’t an Option by Suzanne Lucas.

2021 151

When You’re Too Drunk to Work

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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.

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

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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

Trader Joe’s Alleged Termination is a Long List of What Not to Do

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UPDATE: Trader Joe’s responded. Their response is at the bottom. Trader Joe’s employee Ben Bonnema wrote a long letter to Trader Joe’s Ceo Dan Bane, detailing some health and safety issues Bonnema saw in his store.

2021 151

When Is It Okay to Call in Sick?

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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.

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What You Should Say to Employees When a Freak Storm Messes With Business

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Texas, and other southern states, are experiencing a rare event: below-freezing weather and snow. It’s so cold in Texas that wind turbines froze , causing rolling blackouts for 3.8 million people.

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Free E-Book: “Background Screening Trends That Are Either IN or OUT for 2021”

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Sponsored post. Check out our complimentary ebook “Background Screening Trends That Are Either IN or OUT for 2021”. Just like fashion, background screening changes every year. Some trends that are in one year are out the next.

2021 154

Procrastinators and Planners Unite For a Better Work Experience

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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.

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The Real HR Show: The Heroin Snorting Professor

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David Sedaris Can Fire Everyone (and So Can You)

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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.”

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

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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

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.

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It’s Not Pushy to Ask to Be Paid

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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

Employee Relations as a Team Sport

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Do you remember your high school gym class, or did you block it out, like most of us do? Why was gym class so awful? It was the team sports, wasn’t it? You threw a group together based on their schedule and nothing else, and no one wanted to be there. Some had talent, some didn’t.

2021 151

How You Can Use Envy to Help You Succeed

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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.

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The CDC’s Definition of 15 Minutes Just Changed

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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 251

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

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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.

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A Restaurant Fired a Waitress for Refusing the Covid-19 Vaccine

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Nobody wants this pandemic to end faster than restaurant owners, whose businesses have suffered greatly. To get restaurants up and running, New York State added restaurant workers to the list of people eligible for a vaccine.

2021 158

Switching Careers Doesn’t Mean Starting over

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When is it too late to change careers? I’m 40 and hate my job. But with almost 20 years invested in my field, I really don’t want to start over with an entry-level position in a new area. How possible is it to switch careers without taking a massive pay cut??.

2021 179

Honor Black History Month in a Meaningful Way–Through Action

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February is Black History Month, a time to educate ourselves and others about Black history, raise awareness about ongoing issues that the Black community faces, and encourage change.

2021 138

It’s Time to Hire the Long-Termed Unemployed

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Long term unemployment is devastating. The trauma of a difficult job search can last throughout your career. Recruiters need to focus on what the candidate can control- the skillset, not the gap. — Adam Karpiak (@Adam_Karpiak) February 3, 2021.

2021 171

Join Our “Young” Team? Hello, Age Discrimination

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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 272

Thanksgiving Thursday: What HR Really Thinks About Their Jobs

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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

The Cheap Perk 50 Percent of Your Workforce Will Love

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Do you stock feminine hygiene products in your bathrooms for your employees (or perhaps customers)? While some might think this is a trivial thing, it could make a difference to your employees.

2021 162

How Networking Works in the Real World

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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

Please Tell Me this CEO is Nuts

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This is not a creative way to get noticed. This is a stupid way to get noticed. If someone sent me $10 and asked for a job, I’d return the $10 and put them in the do not hire, ever category. It’s not cute. It’s not creative.

2020 229

If I Refuse a 20 Percent Pay Cut, Is it a Resignation or Termination?

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I would appreciate some advice for my particular case. My company recently got bought out by a big corporate company. Today I got an offer letter that offers a 20% pay cut and that would increase my benefit premiums from $0 to $200/month, all for the exact same role and tasks. .

2020 251

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

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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 236

McDonald’s: We Didn’t Go Through Fired CEO’s Emails Before Giving Him a Golden Parachute. Oops

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Last year, McDonald’s fired their CEO and President, Steve Easterbrook for consensual sex with an employee. He got a nice golden parachute, estimated at $40 million. But, now, another employee has come forth to accuse Easterbrook of another sexual relationship with an employee.

2020 261

The EEOC Releases Guidelines on Mandatory Workplace Vaccinations

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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued brief guidelines for how businesses can approach Covid-19 vaccinations with their employees today, December 16, 2020.

2020 205

If You Have 80 Internship Candidates and Not One Is Good Enough, You’re the Problem

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When I was an undergraduate political science student at Brigham Young University, a new professor just transferred in from Princeton. We asked him what the difference was between BYU students and Princeton students. His answer? Everyone at BYU is so busy! Everyone works!

2020 259

Two Reasons Why HR Stinks (and How to Fix It)

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An acquaintance just got her first job after being a stay at home mom for many years. She’s a recruiter. Salary? $10 10 an hour. Take that in for a minute.

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