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What Is it Like to Be an HR Freelancer?

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Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a freelancer in HR? HR Lancers asked me to describe my experience as an independent HR pro, and I said sure! I love sharing information. So here’s the good, the bad, and the ugly about life as a freelancer in the HR sphere. The Good. Freedom, variety, and independence are all grand. I can work around my schedule. If someone offers me an intensely dull project, I can evaluate whether I need the money badly enough to say yes.

2020 156

Top Posts of the Decade Part II

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My favorite controversial post. Newflash: Motherhood is Not the World’s Hardest Job. I wrote this for CBS. CBS refused to publish it. I published it on my blog. CBS freaked out and said I had no right to do that. Fortunately, I knew they were wrong and they did too. Another controversial post.

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Recruiting by Text is a Thing. Here’s What You Need to Know

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If you call me and get my voicemail, it tells you the fastest way to reach me is to hang up and text. I’m not alone in my hatred of phone calls–messaging is the number one usage of smartphones. People love messaging apps of all sorts and hate phone calls. So, it makes sense that texting should start to take over recruiting.

2020 157

Swiss Saturday: Kitties

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Two weeks ago we adopted two adorable kittens: Mikey and Claudia. Now, my primary purpose in writing this blog is to share pictures of the kitties. MIkey. Claudia. These are our adorable new kittens. Did you know that kittens poop approximately four times a day?

2019 219

5 Steps to Solve all Your Problems and Make Gourmet Treats

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“Hey everyone, I’m Claire, and I’m in the B.A.

2020 156

Using a Coworker’s Salary as Leverage

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I just found out a coworker is making more than I am, even though I have been here longer. How can I bring this up to my manager without giving away how I found out? Can I use this as leverage for a raise? To read my answer, click here; Using a Coworker’s Salary as Leverage. The post Using a Coworker’s Salary as Leverage appeared first on Evil HR Lady. Comstock

2019 196

It’s Time To Start Recruiting Satisfactory Employees To Work At Okay Companies

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I had the amazing opportunity to go Jersey (Isle of, not New Jersey) to speak at their inaugural DisruptHR event. If you haven’t been to a DisruptHR event, you’re missing out!

2019 216

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.

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Companies Use Artificial Intelligence to Help with Hiring. Korean Consultants Teach You How to Beat It

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Artificial Intelligence is supposed to free the hiring process from prejudices and biases. We can have a totally neutral system that evaluates candidates and selects the best possible candidate, regardless of race, gender, or any other characteristic. It sounds fantastic, but it’s been an abysmal failure in that matter. Artificial intelligence is only as good as the programmers, who, of course, are actual humans with flaws.

2020 116

Top Posts of the Decade

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We’re about to enter into the roaring 20s, and that also marks 10 years for me as a professional freelance writer. Here are some of my favorite posts from the past decade. They aren’t necessarily the most popular, but I think they are fun. My First Paid Post : Your Boss Loves You. Here’s Why He’s Going to Stiff You. I have to say I’m eternally grateful to CBS for taking a chance on me! Pamela Kruger recruited me and trained me. Thank you, Pamela!

2019 141

Taco Bell Hiring $100k Jobs

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I’ve never worked at a Taco Bell, but I have worked fast food. The manager job seems, to me, to be a mix of business management, scheduling, HR, food preparation, job training, and babysitting. After all, fast food restaurants are often staffed by first-time jobholders who need a bit more hand-holding than people in other industries. It’s not an easy job. In light of that, Taco Bell just announced that they will start paying some managers $100,000 a year to run their restaurants.

2020 124

Do Your Employees Trust Your Company’s Workplace Investigation Process?

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Your employees are happy, right? Turnover is low. The parking lot is full by 8:30 a.m. You’ve gotten almost everyone’s RSVP for the upcoming holiday party! So, whew! A great employee experience all around. We all hope this is true, and it should be in some companies, but it’s more likely that you’re somewhere in the middle of the pack as far as the employee experience is concerned.

2020 106

More Women Are Working than Men

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percent of the workforce in the United States is now female, surpassing men for the first time since the Great Recession, ten years ago. That recession was led by the male-heavy industries of construction and manufacturing. This is also payroll growth and doesn’t account for the people (men and women) who work as independent contractors or who are self-employed or who work on farms. This means that more women than men–albeit slightly more–are employees.

2020 116

Swiss Saturday: The Passive Aggressive Note

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A couple of days ago, a neighbor placed the above note in our mailbox. Here’s a rough translation (as I’m not a professional translator). Dear Lucas Family, Is it too difficult to walk through the house before you go to bed (and turn all the lights off)?

2019 263

Why Is a New Employee Looking to Transfer?

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An employee who has been here only three months just quit. In his exit interview, he said there wasn’t enough work to do within his department, and he was bored, so he looked to move on. I asked why he hadn’t applied for any number of open positions we have. He said he didn’t because his manager said he couldn’t change jobs when he’d been here less than a year. This is true. Is this a policy we should keep? To read my answer, click here: Why Is a New Employee Looking to Transfer?

2020 116

“Okay, Boomer” in the Workplace Can Get You Fired

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As a Gen Xer, I sit back and watch as the Baby Boomers and Millennials battle it out on the internet. And, to be honest, it’s also the Gen Z’s, some of whom think everyone over 40 is a baby boomer. Let’s remember that (if we go by the years 1981-1996 for Millennials) that the oldest Millennials are sneaking up on 40 themselves. Remember that the oldest Baby Boomers (1946-1964) are only 73.

2019 171

How Employee Resource Groups Help Workers Flourish

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People are naturally gravitate to those who are similar to them — with similar tastes, styles and problems. Employee resource groups (ERGs) bring people together to foster inclusivity and communication in the workplace. This is especially true for companies whose workforce represents a wide range of backgrounds and ages: ERGs are a way to connect people with similar struggles who might not otherwise ever speak to each other.

2020 130

7 Times You Should Think About Employee and Client Gifts that Aren’t Christmas

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‘Tis the season for gift buying. Everyone scrambles to come up with the perfect “Holiday” gift, and then once we’ve done our Secret Santa exchange, we breathe a sigh of relief. months until we need to think about that again! But why is it so difficult? It’s not like December sneaks up on us. It’s not like you hire 47 new people every November who you know nothing about and for whom you need to buy presents.

2019 156

The Problems HR Tech Will (Hopefully) Solve in 2020

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Technology has made our lives better. The fact that we have clean water, electricity and I’m writing this while a robot vacuums my living room and torments my cats means that my life is more comfortable and safe than my ancestors’ lives. But, technology doesn’t make everything better, and there are limits, especially in the area of Human Resources. While HR Tech is always a hot topic of conversation in the Human Resources space and something businesses should be focusing on.

2020 160

Employee Expenses 101: What Should Your Business Cover?

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Creating a budget for your business involves a delicate balance. You want to keep employee expenses down, but have your finances on too tight a leash and you could end up with unhappy employees — and maybe even a broken law or two. Here’s your guide to creating a small business finance plan that keeps your money working for you. Typical Employee Expenses.

2020 116

The Radically Transparent Fashion Startup Everlane Is Finding Out Why That Idea Should Extend to Employees, Too

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“ Radical Transparency ” is the mission of clothing company, Everlane. They want customers to know everything about how they make and price their clothing. Their about section of their website includes descriptions like this: We believe our customers have a right to know how much their clothes cost to make. We reveal the true costs behind all of our products–from materials to labor to transportation–then offer them to you, minus the traditional retail markup.

2020 116

Why Firing a Problem Employee Can Be the Best Thing to Do

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Firing a problem employee looks so simple when you see it on television. The bad employee makes yet another mistake, the boss screams, “Pack up your things!” and it’s finished. Real life isn’t like that, though. There’s a lot more involved, which is why it’s common for employers to put off firing a lackluster employee, or even to avoid it entirely. Still, it can be (and often is) the right thing to do. Here’s why — and how to do it. When Firing a Problem Employee Is the Right Thing to Do.

2019 176

Study: Your Narcissistic Coworker is Less Stressed and Happier than You Are

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Have you worked with a narcissist? As they go around, leaving havoc in their wake, they seem positively unperturbed at what they’ve done. And new research says this isn’t an act. Some narcissists are happier than those of us who care about others. There are two types of narcissists, grandiose and vulnerable. The vulnerable narcissists are defensive and hostile.

2019 158

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 176

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 198

New Overtime Rules Start 1 January 2020. Are You Ready?

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Early this year, the Department of Labor announced the minimum salary to be exempt from overtime pay will be $646 per week, or $35,548 per year. Any of your employees that earn less than that must be paid overtime if they work more than 40 hours in a week. But those aren’t the only people that have to be paid overtime–if you don’t meet the “duties test” you need to be paid overtime as well. That part didn’t change.). Why is the number so weird?

2020 147

Big Media Finds out that Salary Secrecy is Dead. Spreadsheets Share Everything

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There is, theoretically, a senior editor at The New York Times who earns $195,000 a year plus a $40,000 bonus and another senior editor who earns $128,000 with a $10,000 bonus. I can’t verify this (“Hi, New York Times, could you give me a list of salaries, or perhaps connect me with the editor who ears $195K?”), ”), but it doesn’t matter–it’s what someone is reporting, and perception becomes a reality.

2019 144

This Dutch Grocery Store Asked Their Employees to Strip Down to Their Underwear and Take a Picture

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Pop Quiz: You want to change your employee uniforms and need to know which sizes to order do you. Ask your employees their sizes. Ask a clothing manufacturer to deliver uniforms based on population statistics. Ask your employees to take a picture of themselves in their underwear and upload it to an app. If you’re Dutch Grocery Store Albert Heijn, you picked C, and boy was this a bad idea.

2019 142

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 177

6.8 Million People Got a Raise Yesterday. Were You One?

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Twenty-one states had minimum wage increases go into effect yesterday –and Delaware had one go into effect in October. Overall, an estimated 6.8 million people will see their paychecks increase anywhere from $0.10 an hour (Florida) to $1.50 an hour (New Mexico and Washington). The federal minimum wage stays put at $7.25, but states are free to create their own minimum wage–whichever is higher (federal or state) is the legal lower limit for salaries.

2020 116

When Salaried Exempt Employees Take Time off, What Happens to Their Pay?

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I have a new (two-months-employed) salaried exempt employee that has been taking between three and six hours a week to go to doctor’s appointments. He says that this will not continue forever and should soon stabilize to a monthly appointment. He has expressed to me multiple times in writing that he does not expect to be paid for the hours that he is taking off. Can you shed some light on any laws that I should know about for salaried employees and taking time off?

2019 144

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.

2019 165

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.

Checking the Boxes: Hiring within the law

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2019 130

New Jersey to Uber: $649 Million, Please

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Uber considers its drivers to be independent contractors. That means they aren’t responsible for things like taxes and unemployment fees for their drivers. California disagreed so strongly that after the National Labor Relations Board ruled that drivers were contractors, they passed a law specifically targeting Uber and similar companies. The goal is to force numerous companies to hire their gig workers as employees.

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 163

Don’t Let Thanksgiving Turn into a Performance Appraisal

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Fifty-five million Americans will travel 50 miles or more this week for Thanksgiving , according to AAA. You’ll probably either end up at a relative’s door or have relatives showing up at yours. And it will be great. Or it will be terrible. And the difference between these two options isn’t food-based, but rather performance appraisal based.

2019 136

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 218

Women Fired for Not Returning from FMLA; Wins a Lawsuit for Unlawful Termination. Here’s Why

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Maria Alves’s employer fired her when she didn’t return from her maternity leave. Well, to be fair, they gave her one extension and fired her when she asked for a second extension. That may seem reasonable–companies aren’t obligated to hold your job forever, and the US requires only 12 weeks of unpaid time off–if you qualify for FMLA. So, why did Boston University lose a lawsuit? Because Alves not only had a new baby, she had postpartum depression (PPD).

2019 150

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 169

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 173

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 184

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? .

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