Evil HR Lady

Let’s Stop Pretending Our Automated Systems Are Secure

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We moved a few months ago –just to a different suburb–but that means a new address. My husband’s life insurance policy payment, with Prudential, was due, so I decided to pay it and call and change the address. I knew there was a good chance that they wouldn’t be allowed to change the address because I am, in fact, not my husband, but I thought I’d give it a try while I was thinking of it.

2018 128

Stretch Those Paychecks: 6 Cost Savings Ideas for Your Employees

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When some employers talk about their company’s benefits, they are simply referring to health insurance—but there is so much more to consider. For a few pennies out of your organization’s coffers, there are several ways you can help the workforce save money. For starters, you can help your coworkers stretch their paychecks and make the most of their benefits by sharing these six cost-saving ideas for employees. Choose Your Health Insurance Wisely.

2018 131

Gen Z is Coming to the Workforce. Here is What to Expect.

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They are young. They are driven. They are pragmatic. They crave financial stability. They won’t put away their laundry no matter how many times I ask them. Okay, that last sentence may just refer to the two adorable Gen Zs who happen to be my offspring. But, this next group has just started to hit the workforce (the oldest are 23), and will undoubtedly be the topic of much discussion. (We

2018 154

Why a Chief Marketing Officer Wants His Best Employees to Quit

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Turnover is expensive and we all want our best employees to stay in our business, right? Of course, right. Except that sometimes you want even the best and the brightest to go out to other companies. While I’ve advocated this for years , I was somewhat surprised to see The Harvard Business Review do the same. Ryan Bonnici , the Chief Marketing Officer of G2 Crowd , gives four reasons why he encourages his best employees to look around, and take a new job if need be.

2018 138

Del Taco and McDonald’s Face Sexual Harassment Claims–Is Fast Food a Haven for Harassers?

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The EEOC filed suit against Del Taco due to sexual harassment complaints from “young female employees.” ” They claim that at least three male supervisors harassed the young women. The female employees filed complaints and faced retaliation instead of relief. On September 18, McDonald’s employees in 10 cities will walk out in protest against the working conditions and sexual harassment.

2018 125

Workplace Retaliation

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Did you know you can lose a sexual harassment lawsuit even when no one was actually sexually harassed and the court agrees that no sexual harassment took place? You can, if you retaliate against the person who made the complaint. Sure, it won’t be the sexual harassment complaint that you lose on–but retaliation charges can be just as expensive. How you treat someone who makes a complaint is critical and you have to be careful to not retaliate.

2018 127

How to Tackle a Job Interview After Being Fired

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I got fired for inconsistencies; however, the work environment was terrible, and my supervisor wouldn’t even talk to me. I lasted for two and a half years but was looking for a new job on and off the entire time, thinking it has got to get better and it never did. I went to the doctors 3 times for stress, developed insomnia and saw a counselor. The job I interviewed for matches all my abilities, but they shut down the 2nd interview after learning I was fired. How on earth do I get over this?

2018 131

Sorry, HR, You Don’t Get Any Friends at Work

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I like people. I like helping people. I like having people over to my house for dinner. In fact, just last night I had Kate Bischoff and her kids over for dinner. Kate’s a work colleague and a friend. It was fabulous. But, if you’re an HR person, you absolutely, positively, should not have people in your client groups over for dinner. If you answer yes to any of the following questions about someone at work, you should never build a friendship with them.

2018 159

Are You a Visionary Leader?

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When you think of visionary leaders, what do you think about? George Washington? Moses? While both were visionary leaders, you don’t have to change the world to be one. To read about visionary leadership click here: Visionary Leadership. The post Are You a Visionary Leader? appeared first on Evil HR Lady. The Balance Uncategorized

2018 134

This New Labor Ruling Could Be a Huge Win for McDonald’s and Other Franchise Chains

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On a normal day you might stop at Dunkin’ Donuts for coffee, drop off a package at the UPS Store, get a late lunch at McDonalds , make a quick phone call to Kumon to check on your child’s latest test scores, get your hair cut at Great Clips, and get your oil changed at Midas. What do all of these companies have in common? They just breathed a collective sigh of relief today at the National Labor Relations Board’s announcement of a new joint employer standard.

2018 119

Autocratic Leadership

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Autocratic leadership sounds awful–like something headed up by a meglomaniac. And it certainly can be, but it’s not always. Sometimes a job needs a manager who comes in and takes charge. Sometimes, though, that’s a failure. If you’d like to read more about Autocratic leadership, click here: Pros and Cons of Autocratic Leadership. The post Autocratic Leadership appeared first on Evil HR Lady. The Balance

It’s Time To Demand Ethical Behavior from Our CEOs

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“The whole world is only about money, nothing else.” ” That quote comes from Phyllis Golden-Gottlieb, one of the many women who accused former CBS CEO Leslie Moonves not only of sexual harassment but of sexual assault. Moonves stepped down earlier this week after The New Yorker ran a Ronan Farrow detailing the accusations against Moonves. Farrow, you may recall, won a Pulitzer Prize for his expose of Harvey Weinstein’s horrible sexual behavior.

2018 119

Want to Stop Discrimination and Harassment? Be More Like Monica Lewinsky

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Monica Lewinsky showed us all how we should act when someone violates boundaries : Get up and walk out. On Monday night, Lewinsky got up and walked out of a live interview in the Jerusalem Convention Center when Channel 2 news anchor Yonit Levi asked a question that Lewinsky said they previously agreed was off limits. You can watch the video here. She didn’t scream, cry, or throw a fit. The boundaries had been violated and so she left. Interview over.

2018 124

Dilemma of the Month: Who Follows the Dress Code?

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My organization’s dress code is business casual — jeans are acceptable with nice tops. But our leadership team disagrees over who should have to follow this dress code. About a third of our employees work in the corporate office, and only a handful of them meet with clients or vendors. Another group of employees telecommutes and only has contact with a client or vendor if they have scheduled a meeting.

2018 121

Swiss Saturday: Checking Out of Your Apartment

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My new garden. I mentioned earlier that we moved to a neighboring town. Our lease required three months notice before moving and in order to get the new house, we needed to take over before that time period ended.

2018 182

Dear Facebook, I Don’t Need You to Protect Me from Hate Speech

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Dear Facebook, I’m actually an adult. I realize that not everyone on your site is–but really, it’s where us old fogies hang out. As such, I don’t need a parent, or a teacher, or a human resources manager to monitor things for me.

2018 180

Dear Moms, Do You Want Your 35-Year-Old Living in Your Basement? Because This Is How You Get That.

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My friend, Pam, was thrilled when her teenage daughter landed a job. As an HR person herself, though, she was surprised when her daughter’s new manager called to speak with her. After all, it wasn’t Pam’s new job–it was her daughter’s. Well, the reason for the manager’s phone call can be summed up in two words: Helicopter moms. To keep reading, click here: This is how you get a 36 year old living in your basement.

2018 149

Controlling Costs: Pregnancy and Childbirth

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Do you know the cost of childbirth in the United States? Time’s Money magazine reports that the average hospital cost of having a baby in the U.S. is $3,035 — and that number can sail up toward and over the $10,000 mark, depending on your state. Add on complications, tests and related expenses like epidurals, and the total cost can start to look daunting.

2018 116

An Open Letter to New Employees

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Dear New Employee, Welcome! We’re excited to have you on board. This is an open letter to new employees because we want to make sure your first few days are as pleasant as possible. Then we’ll start throwing work on you. But for now, welcome! Coffee is in the break room, and if you made it yourself, it’s fresh. Here’s what you need to know to make your first few days as wonderful as possible: Please Wander Around.

2018 146

It’s a Wonderful Life, but What Happened to George Bailey?

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George Bailey had big dreams. He wanted to travel and see the world. Instead, he ended up staying in Bedford falls and running his father’s business after his father unexpectedly died. He got married, had a bunch of kids (“You call this a happy family?

2017 206

The surreal artwork of Juan Antonio Guirado is reborn in Virtual Reality

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Juan Antonio Guirado stands by his masterpiece 'Kali's Tunnel' acrylic and collage on board, 1989.

2017 206

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 215

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 240

Swiss Sunday: Women’s Work

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A couple of weeks ago, my sister in law and her 2.5-year-old visited. As all 2.5-year-olds do when they are away from home, he came down with a high fever (40.3 Celsius, or 104.5 Fahrenheit). So, my kids’ pediatrician agreed to see him on short notice. We’ve been going there since we moved here, 9 years ago, and long before I spoke any German. Because my sister-in-law doesn’t speak any German, I filled out the paperwork.

2018 149

Randomized-Controlled Study: Wellness Programs Don’t Work

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Eating better and exercising more are common sense things that most of us should do. And so it makes sense that a program at work that encourages these things will help us be healthier, which will, in turn, mean we’ll show up to work and not need quite so much health care. That’s a common thought and that’s what previous studies have shown. But, a new study flips that on its head.

2018 122

This is What a Qantas Employee Called a Woman with a PhD. Shocked?

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“Miss.” ” That’s what a Qantas employee called passenger Siobhan O’Dwyer. Frankly, I’m appalled and think they should have called her Ms. But, O’Dwyer thinks the airline employee should have called her “Doctor.” ” She tweeted: Hey @Qantas , my name is Dr O’Dwyer. My ticket says Dr O’Dwyer. Do not look at my ticket, look at me, look back at my ticket, decide it’s a typo, and call me Miss O’Dwyer.

2018 112

Why Omarosa Manigault Newman’s Recordings Should Terrify All Business Owners

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Omarosa Manigault Newman has a new book coming out, Unhinged , about her time in the Trump White House. I’m sure people who agree with it will proclaim it as gospel truth and people who disagree with it will cry “fake news!” ” That’s not what you should be worried about. Instead, let’s worry about the fact that she secretly recorded meetings. This should be a wake-up call for every business owner and manager out there.

2018 127

Why I Support the NFL’s Right to Ban Kneeling

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Two things you should know about me before you read this. I absolutely believe in free speech. The government should never, ever punish anyone for voicing their opinion. You should be able to say whatever you want–even if it’s absolutely horrible–without fear of government reprisal. I will support you 100 percent in your quest to make a speech, hold a march, or even burn a flag. I don’t care one whit about football and the NFL.

2018 154

California Bill Declares Women Not as Capable as Men

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The California House and Senate passed a bill that requires all publicly held corporations that are headquartered in California to have at least one woman on their board by the end of 2019 and two by July of 2021. It’s waiting for the governor’s signature. One of the bill’s co-authors, Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) said : “We are not going to ask anymore. We are tired of being nice. We’re tired of being polite.

Adapting to Gig Employment: Is It Right for Your Organization?

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Gig employment will make the American economy of 2040 “scarcely recognizable,” reports Fast Company. In fact, 34 percent of American workers are already working gig jobs, according to Freelancing in America: A National Survey of the New Workforce , published in 2014. Large organizations have long used gig employees for special projects, but have often used the term consultant rather than gig ; however, they are essentially the same thing.

2018 130

Do You Know the Dangers of Workplace Bullying?

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If you thought bullying was something we all left behind in junior high school, you can count yourself lucky. According to the Workplace Bullying Institute , 19 percent of employees experience bullying in the workplace, and 60.4 million of us are affected by it. Right now, workplace bullying laws don’t exist on a federal level. That said, abuse on the basis of race, gender or another protected class is illegal. But if the bully is just acting like a jerk, there’s no federal law prohibiting it.

2018 116

What If You Don’t Have Fingerprints?

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This just was discussed at work…fingerprints & background check are required before anyone may start work. But what if you don’t have fingerprints? The new hire in question is a musician and has worn them off. I recall I had a college professor who had lost his due to exposure to mildly caustic chemicals — he had trouble getting his US Citizenship. And what about those with no hands? The HR decision was, no fingerprints, no hire. I think that’s a bit short-sighted.

2018 116

Outsourcing in Response to Business Transformations: 3 Tips for Success

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Often, organizations consider outsourcing in response to business transformations an unpleasant choice, but that doesn’t have to be the case. The idea that other people are needed to handle responsibilities might be the best — or only — way to handle growth. It’s easy to become over-extended as you expand, and it’s important that the C-suite’s energy is focused on maintaining the organization’s core functions.

2018 127

Your Seven-Step Guide to Having Tough Conversations with Employees

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Many people want to move into a management role because of higher pay, prestige and the ability to finally do things their way. But managing people also means having difficult conversations with the people that report to you. Whether you need to discuss performance, explain how a role is evolving or enforce the dress code, you should be prepared for tough talks. Employment attorney and HR consultant Kate Bischoff has put together a 7 point checklist for having these tough conversations.

2018 116

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 165

If You Think There Are Not a Lot of Jobs Out There, It May Be that You Are Too Old to See the Ads

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A few weeks ago, my Facebook ads changed considerably. Suddenly, I was getting ads for Walmart and Target home delivery service. I live in Switzerland where, sadly, neither store exists. I clicked on “why am I getting this ad?” ” and it informed me that the ad was Targeted to me because I lived in Pennsylvania. Well, I did live in Pennsylvania–nine years ago.

2018 116

Swiss Saturday: Fines for Taking Your Kid on Vacation a Day Early

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Last week the New York Times ran an article, Skipping School for Cheap Flights? You Could be Fined In Germany. It begins as follows: BERLIN — While airport security officials around the world check for weapons and identification before letting passengers board a plane, the police in Germany are checking for school-age children — and reporting families who take their youngsters on vacation without a teacher’s authorization.

2018 147

Dilemma of the Month: Low Salary Expectations

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I’m a corporate recruiter. For candidates that progress to an HR phone screen, we ask their expected salary and share the range we have for the role. Is it appropriate to use someone’s low salary expectations as a reason for not moving forward? For example, I was recruiting for a mid-level management role, with compensation between $125,000-$150,000 per year. Many of the candidates had salary expectations within that range.

2018 130

Physical vs Electronic Employment Records: What’s the Better Choice?

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It’s easy enough to make paper employment records—you just have to write something down. An electronic record, on the other hand, can be a bit more complicated. They have some serious advantages, though. Ultimately, it’s time to make the switch from paper employment records to electronic employment records, even though there may be a cost to implementing such a system. If your company still uses paper records, here’s why it should focus on this important update. Accessibility.

2018 133

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 187

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 188

Employees and Candidates Give Companies a Taste of Their Own Medicine

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For years and years, recruiters and hiring managers have treated employees terribly. They ghost candidates–even after the candidate has come in for multiple interviews. They’ve required multiple interviews over multiple days, requiring candidates to use their vacation time for their own jobs, and then not even bothering to let the candidate know they didn’t get the job. And companies have no problem simply laying people off without notice and without severance.

2018 137

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 176