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Welcome to the New Evil Oils Lady

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I’ve been waiting a long time to announce this, and I just had to get everything put together and ready to go! I’m leaving the world of HR and Business writing and entering into a new area, which also brings joy and help to all those who are willing to just be open minded. That’s right: Essential Oils.

2018 178

5 Ways The World Would Be Better If We Were More Like Barbara Bush

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Barbara Bush (née Pierce) died yesterday at the age of 92. A former First Lady, Second Lady, and mother of a president, Mrs. Bush was in the public eye for much of her eye. Anyone in that situation can expect to have all their flaws exposed in the least flattering way possible. But, here’s the thing: while she was a flawed individual (we all are), the world would be a lot better off if we followed her example. Here are five ways Barbara Bush stood out to me.

2018 143

Dear Hiring Manager, Perhaps You Should Write the Thank You Note

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You should always write a thank you note after a hiring manager takes her precious time to step down from the clouds above to allow you to beg her for a job. Or something. Look, I hate this. Just what are you exactly thanking the manager for ? Taking the time to talk with you and consider your application for the job, right? But, what were you really doing?

2018 119

Walmart Switches to Jeans but Balks at Chairs

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The People of Walmart blog makes fun of what Walmart Shoppers wear. But, it doesn’t generally make fun of how the employees dress , because it’s been pretty standard and boring and no one really stands out. But Walmart is making a big change in some of its stores–employees will be allowed to wear jeans. And you know what? We will continue to not pay attention to how employees are dressed. This is a good thing.

2018 107

Talent Shortage? Try a Teenager.

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Unemployment in the United States is at 4.1 percent. That, in case you don’t follow, labor statistics is really low. And jobless claims–that is people who have (generally) been laid off is hovering a little over 200,000. Compare that to 2009 where we had a spike of over 600,000 claims. In other words, if you want a job, now is a great time to get one. But, if you need to hire someone, you might run into difficulty finding someone to do the job.

2018 119

NFL Cheerleader: A Job Where You’re Told How to Use a Tampon

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Being a cheerleader is hard work and glamorous and you can bet that any woman that makes it that far figured out long ago how to handle tampon usage and the right shaving techniques, but the NFL doesn’t think so.

2018 145

Disability Employment: Breaking Down Barriers

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The goal of disability employment is not simply to make you feel good for doing an act of service, but to hire someone who can be an asset to your business. That’s the same reason you hire all of your employees—because they are the best fit for the job.

2017 220

5 Leadership Lessons from Hamilton

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I had the envied opportunity to see Hamilton in London this weekend, and while the play itself was a masterpiece, I couldn’t get out of Evil HR Lady mode. So many management lessons stood out to me, so I just had to share. Your ensemble makes or breaks you. I had no doubt that the stars would be outstanding and they were. Special shout out to Rachel John, who played Angelica Schuyler. But what amazed me more was the perfection of the ensemble.

2018 158

Why Your Barista Probably Has a College Degree

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I have two degrees: a bachelor’s and a master’s. I wrote lots of papers, did lots of math, sang in a choir, and completely bombed a Hebrew class. What I didn’t learn to do was make coffee. (Or Or speak Hebrew, but that’s my own fault.). In fact, coffee making wasn’t even an offered course at the universities I attended.

2018 135

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 184

NFL Cheerleaders: Minimum Wage for a Job Where You Don’t Even Get to Pick Your Own Hair Color

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Can you imagine a job where you have strict rules on what you can wear , what your hair color is, how much you weigh, and with whom you can speak? And with that job comes a minimum wage paycheck? And that women work very hard to get this job? That would describe an NFL Cheerleader, according to an interview at The Daily with Former New Orleans Saints’ “Saintsation” cheerleader, Bailey Davis. Davis was fired for an Instagram post where she wore lingerie.

2018 113

When HR Makes a $2,666,594.03 Mistake

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We’ve all made mistakes at work , but have you made a $2,666,594.03 mistake? On one employee? Hold onto your hats, because you don’t want this to happen to you. Here’s what happened. Trico Products Corporation laid off Francois El-Hayek after 28 years of service. He was supposed to receive 34 weeks worth of severance pay in exchange for signing a general release. (A

2017 246

Can a Pay Cut from $25 to $9 per Hour Be Legal?

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I know a gentleman who has worked for the same company for thirty years. He has been a dedicated employee, always on time and doing what was asked of him without complaint. In the last couple of years, a new company purchased the manufacturing company and decreased his pay from $25/hr to $9/hr.

2017 192

Your Employee Is Pregnant—Here Are 5 Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make

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To celebrate the Pregnancy Discrimination Act turning 40, Senator Tammy Duckworth just had a baby. Well, sort of. Since she’s the first senator to ever give birth while in office, it seems like a fitting celebration for a law that’s been on the books since before most pregnant women were born. Because the law is so old, you would think most businesses would understand it inside and out. But even Walmart, one of the nation’s largest employers, is in the midst of a pregnancy discrimination suit.

2018 119

Dilemma of the Month: Easing An Employee Into Retirement

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We are a 30-agent real estate brokerage company with one administrative assistant, our lone employee. She has been with us for more than 30 years and is loyal and cheerful, and always answers the phone with a smile. However, her professional abilities have not kept pace with the times. She has no technical skills and can’t keep up with her other tasks. She is 75 years old and we are at a loss regarding how to handle easing her into retireme nt.

2018 123

4 ‘Deal-Breakers’ You Should Throw Out of Your Hiring Rubric

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We’re in a serious hiring slump. Nearly half of small business owners say they’re struggling to find qualified job applicants , and more than a third have been unable to fill recent openings. So how can you deal with this extreme labor shortage ? Try widening your applicant pool—by considering candidates you previously would have rejected. Now, hear us out. We know many of the common hiring “deal-breakers” were established for a reason, but times—and the economy—have changed.

2018 107

Does the Law Require that You Let an Employee Nap?

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Napping is popular among just about everyone other than toddlers , who desperately need naps, but are convinced they are prohibited by the Geneva convention. Culturally, though, we just don’t do it.

2017 208

Organizational Restructuring: Should Your Business Consider One?

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Many companies have gone through an organizational restructuring, where a traditional top-down management structure with a strict hierarchy is switched out in favor of something that more resembles a lattice.

2017 194

How to Create an Employee Handbook

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When running a business, you’re probably so busy with everything that you might not have thought about how to create an employee handbook. In fact, there’s a good chance you haven’t thought about an employee handbook at all. However, it’s a crucial element to consider in business. Handbooks are legally binding documents that protect both you and your employees. As soon as you hire an employee, you need to have one. Here’s how to go about creating an employee handbook. Hire an Expert.

2018 119

In Praise of Stereotypes: A Millennial Job Interview

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Two different friends sent me this video yesterday. It’s all about Millennial stereotypes –and Gen X (maybe really young baby boomer, but I’ll say he’s an older Gen X) stereotypes. I found it hilarious. A Millennial job interview from @TheDanielBrea on Vimeo.

2017 187

Swiss Saturday: It’s Time to Stop Being the Ugly American

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You’ve probably heard of the Ugly American. It’s a phrase commonly used to describe loud, rude, arrogant Americans abroad. These are the types of people who get upset when the corner ice cream stand doesn’t accept dollars and yell at people to speak English already, even though they are in a country where English is not the national language. I have run into many of these.

2018 123

Your Brain is Lying to You: Here’s How to Force it to Tell The Truth

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Other people discriminate on the basis or age, sex, national origin , or even silly things such as what university they attended or whether they ask for soda or pop. You don’t. You always look for the best candidate , and that’s that. Well, it’s not. You suffer from unconscious bias, and your brain is tricking you into thinking you don’t.

2018 133

10 HR Rules That Would Improve the World

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HR is often misunderstood, but that’s just because they don’t understand us. In fact, if HR rules were implemented everywhere, your life would be much, much better. Here are 10 ways things would change for the better if HR ruled the world. Onboarding for Everything. Think how onboarding would change your life. That guy you met on Tinder? He’d come with a packet that explained the benefits of dating him.

2017 174

Why We Need Less Creative Job Postings

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Paul Bogaards is an EVP, Director, Public Relations, Knopf Doubleday, a publishing company. He’s looking to hire a publicist , and so he wrote what looks like an extremely creative job posting and published on Tumblr (not, as he says, on the official Knopf job’s page). It’s brilliant.

2018 123

Why You Should Encourage a Good Employee to Quit

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When you have a star employee, the last thing you want is to lose them, right? As an employer, you probably bend over backward to support your best employees. You want to work from home two days a week? Absolutely. You want to come in late on Tuesdays? No problem. A raise? Well… that one can be a little harder; you still have budgets. And what about growth and development? If you work for a Fortune 100 company, there are plenty of growth opportunities for just about everyone.

2018 123

9th Circuit Rules Salary History Isn’t A Legitimate Way to Determine Pay

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Last year, the 9th circuit ruled that it was okay to pay a teacher from Arizona who moved to California less than her co-workers because the formula was based strictly on the previous salary and had nothing to do with sex. If the teachers in question had all been male or all been female, the salary discrepancy would have been the same. This week, though, in an En Banc ruling, they flipped it around to say the previous salary is never a valid reason for a difference in pay.

2018 113

Swiss Saturday: Moving

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So, the Evil Family is moving. We’re just moving to a different suburb of Basel, but it means a change in town. In the US, you pack up and you move. You change your driver’s license address and your car registration and all that jazz, but there’s no official reporting in and out. In Switzerland, that is different. Yesterday, I went to our current township office to deregister.

2018 147

YouTube Shows How Not to Do Diversity

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You want a diverse workforce , but discriminating against any single group is still illegal. A lawsuit filed by Arne Wilberg, who worked as a recruiter at YouTube for four years (and five years in other positions), claims that YouTube set quotas, and told recruiters to cancel interviews with candidates that didn’t mean the company’s diversity goals. This meant that white and Asian males were rejected on the basis of their race and gender alone.

2018 143

Starbucks Just Learned that Virtue Signaling Isn’t Enough, You’ve Got to Be Virtuous

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Remember when then Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz declared that his baristas were now going to spend there time serving coffee and lecturing–oh, oops– discussing race with their customers ? Because who better to discuss race relations than a Starbucks employee? I’m sure that’s what the two black men who were arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks thought. “Boy, I’m sure glad I’m in a place where the entry-level employees were supposed to talk about race!

2018 107

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 162

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 150

Three Old-Fashioned Classes I Wish Would Return To High School

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On Saturday, I ordered a new couch. The salesman had to enter the specifications for the couch into his computer. He seemed like a knowledgeable enough fellow–probably early 50s, knew a lot about furniture. But, he used two fingers to type all the information into his computer.

2018 136

My Co-Workers Are Voting for Trump

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I sit across the cube wall from 4 hipster type web designers – all guys. (I’m I’m a nerdy female data analyst). The guys are all conservative republicans, so I usually tune out the political talk or put on my headphones.

Oops! Utah State Bar Association Sends Topless Photo to Every Lawyer in the State

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Before you send out a newsletter to your entire organization, you should probably double-check that your attachment isn’t pornographic. The Utah State Bar Association is currently “investigating” an incident where they sent out a photo of a topless woman to the entire email list. Matt Page, communications director, said that they are horrified and are investigating how this possibly could have happened. Could it be that someone hacked them? Could it be a disgruntled employee?

2018 138

Ask The Readers: What Is a Fair Vacation Policy for a Part-Time Employee?

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At the request of a reader, I’m asking you all to throw your two cents in. Situation: Jane works as a salaried exempt full-time employee (5 days a week, 8 hours a day, 40 hours a week)for a small company for 10 years.

2017 182

4 Ways to Keep Employees Engaged During Open Enrollment

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You’ve emailed your employees 37 times and put a sign up in the break room, but they still seem to miss open enrollment deadlines. It could be that they don’t understand why it’s so important. The result is that employees can end up with a plan that isn’t the best for them and their families. In fact, many people do, according to The New York Times. How can you get your employees engaged in the process of choosing their health care benefits for the next year, and do so on time?

2017 166

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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My Co-Worker Gave me a $1000 Present

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I need some advice on the topics of work appropriate gifts. I work in a large international company, and recently became friends with a male coworker. I am married, and so is he. What is considered an appropriate gift for a coworker? He recently gave me something designer that was over $1000 and it doesn’t make me comfortable at all, and I expressed to him that it doesn’t and I find it inappropriate. I am happily married, and he knows I am.

Why a Little Pessimism Can Benefit You as an HR Manager

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Seeing the silver lining can make your life easier in many ways. However, there are benefits of pessimism in the workplace. As an HR manager, having a little pessimism can go a long way in preventing workplace problems from getting out of hand. No, you shouldn’t be purposefully negative at work. But, a substantial part of any HR manager’s job is to reduce a company’s risk of lawsuits, government fines and excessive turnover.

2018 119

The Reason this Chess World Champion Is Stepping Away From Her Titles

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Anna Muzychuk is taking a stand for women’s rights at her own expense. The Chess Grandmaster won the 2016 Women’s World Rapid Chess Championship and the Women’s World Blitz Chess Championship. She’s currently ranked the number two woman by Fédération Internationale des Échecs ( FIDE ), which governs international chess competitions. And she’s walking away from this year’s world championships. She’s not retiring or concerned about her challengers.

2017 163