Evil HR Lady

Yes, Your Boss Can Require You to Work Crazy Hours

Evil HR Lady

I am an exempt employee and work where many, many hours have now become the standard. One night we were required to stay until 11:30 p.m. After a 7:30 a.m. Start time. At a certain point are there any protections for workers in this class?

2017 73

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.

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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 58

What Homeland Security Wants You to Know About Workplace Violence

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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.

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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 77

10 Interview Skills You Need to Get Hired (and How to Improve at Them)

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Even though most jobs don’t require smooth talking skills, getting through the interview often does. You don’t have to answer every interview question perfectly, but you can improve your interview skills. Here are 10 interview skills that will help you land the job.

2016 121

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?

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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.

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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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How Much Vacation Should a Part-Time Employee Receive?

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A reader asked me a question about calculating vacation for a part-time employee. Frankly, I thought the answer was obvious–it should be pro-rated based on the number of hours.

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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

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

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

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

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?

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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.

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Hosting an Office Halloween Party: Dos and Don’ts

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It’s that time of year again, All Hallow’s Eve is right around the corner. If you’re thinking about throwing an office Halloween party, you may be wondering: what is (and what is not) appropriate? Consider the following points: Culture and Industry Matter. If your business is a funeral home, dressing up as a creepy vampire is a terrible idea. However, if your business is an after-school hangout for teens, that might be perfect.

2017 58

Accused of Sexual Harassment? I Have the (Wrong) Solution!

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock (not a bad choice, totally not judging you), you’ve heard that everyone you’ve ever seen on TV, or voted for has been a complete pervert. Okay, not everyone. As far as I know, Julie Andrews is still saintly.

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How to Handle Employee Complaints

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Even the best job in the world comes with a few complaints. As soon as you start employing people, you’re going to begin hearing grumblings and grievances. Here are three steps you need to take in order to handle complaints effectively: Listen. Whether you institute an open-door policy, hold a formal meeting where you let your employees vent or post an anonymous suggestion box, you need to create a mechanism for employees to share their concerns and complaints.

2017 58

Should Your Company Offer Unlimited PTO?

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Unlimited vacation days sound like a dream. Imagine being able to take off and go to the beach anytime you like. Or perhaps beach trips aren’t your thing, so you can go skiing every Friday or stay home every time your children are out of school. Think of the money you’ll save by not having to pay for child care during those times! Unfortunately, unlimited PTO doesn’t really work that way in practice. You still need to do your job, which means you still need to work.

2017 59

It’s Time for Tesla (and Everyone Else) to Take Racial Harassment Seriously

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“You don’t have a positive attitude !” ” or “ You’re not a team player !” ” or “It was just a joke. Everyone jokes.” ” Look, I’m a fan of positive attitudes, teamwork, and jokes, but when it comes to race in the workplace, foul language and treating people poorly because of their skin color or n ational origin is never, ever, not once appropriate.

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

3 Creative Ways to Boost Your Career During Your Commute

Evil HR Lady

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

6 Time When An Employer Needs to Hire an Employment Attorney

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Do you want to make more money? Of course, we all do. Sorry, I was channeling my inner Sally Struthers, which really dates me, and it wasn’t even my point. What I should ask is “do you want to save more money?” ” Everybody says that yes, yes, they do, especially from a business setting. You don’t want to pay more than you absolutely have to. As a result, businesses sometimes cut corners where they shouldn’t. For instance, employment attorneys.

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What Are the Worst Presents You’ve Received from a Boss or Co-Worker?

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Have you received a holiday present, only to find out that the cost was deducted from your paycheck? Or, been given a framed picture of the boss? What’s the worst present you’ve gotten from your boss or co-worker over the year? Or have you been pressured into giving a present to a supervisor only to receive nothing in return? Tell me your story! I’ve never gotten anything “bad” but as a Mormon, I don’t drink.

  Why You Should Never Accept a Low-Ball Salary Offer

Evil HR Lady

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

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.

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Use Data to Make Your Recruiting Awesome

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What’s are the two most used tools in recruiting? The resume and the interview. It just goes without saying that both will be done for every skilled job. Granted, lots of retail and restaurant jobs don’t require a resume, just an application.).

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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

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

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

Hiring New Employees Can Be Worse than a Root Canal

Evil HR Lady

There are two things everyone hates: going to the dentist and job hunting. And it turns out, no matter which side of the job hunting table you’re sitting on, trying to find a right fit between employer and employee is hard, unpleasant, and time-consuming. What makes searching for a new employee so difficult? And, more importantly, how can you make it easier? Here are the problems, and here are the solutions. Problem: You Want Perfection. Everyone wants to hire that perfect employee.

2017 59

What Should Your PTO Policy Look Like?

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Vacation, sick time, personal days—it’s enough to make your head spin when you’re trying to come up with a perfect paid time off (PTO) policy for your company. While there isn’t a “perfect” solution that all businesses should adopt, there are some guidelines that will help you make the best PTO policy for your business. What Do Your Competitors Do?

2017 56

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

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 67

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

How to Pick the Best Holiday Presents for Your Employees and Clients

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The Halloween decorations are down, and the Christmas Trees are about to start popping up, which means it’s time for you to think about gifts , and parties. Business owners and managers often have large gift lists–for employees and clients–to fill. Figuring out what to get these people can be difficult , so I turned to expert gift giver, Ashley Wong, CEO and Founder of Gemnote , a company that specializes in gifts. Here’s what she said.

2016 86

Swiss Saturday: Ebonics and Swiss German

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Amy Alkon’s commentary on Ebonics caught my eye. She responded to an article by Michael Hobbs called “Why America Needs Ebonics Now.” ” I find discussion on language fascinating–especially since moving to a new country and learning a new language. Alkon says that teaching Ebonics in schools is “dooming Black children and pretending it’s progress.” ” Hobbs argues for more teaching in Ebonics.

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