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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!

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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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3 Tips to Better Manage Your Remote Employees

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Back in the dark ages, when everyone had to come into the office all the time, you could walk around and glare at employees if they weren’t working hard enough. And what could they do, go work at the neighboring coal mine? That was before we cared all that much about employee happiness and the employee experience. Then we walked around, making sure people were happy and focused on their work. We could see when Jane was never at her desk and when Steve was always in the office kitchen.

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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)?

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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.

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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?

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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?

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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.

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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?

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It’s Official: $684 Per Week Will Be the New Minimum Salary for Exempt Employees

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The US Department of Labor issued a final ruling today on the new salary threshold for salary exemption: $684 per week (equivalent to $35,568 per year for a full-year worker). Anyone who earns less than this becomes eligible for overtime pay, regardless of actual duties. This increase in the minimum salary for exemption has been in discussions since the Obama administration proposed an increase to $47,476 in 2016.

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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?

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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.

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The Department of Labor Just Announced New Protections for Parents of Special Needs Children

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If you have a child with learning or physical disabilities, you’re probably familiar with IEPs–Individual Education Plans. The Department of Labor just released an opinion letter that says that IEP meetings are covered under FMLA and that any such meetings are protected time (as long as you otherwise meet the qualifications for FMLA). Managers are required to allow eligible employees time off (unpaid) for IEP meetings. What do managers and HR need to know?

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How to Improve Mental Health at the Office

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It’s open enrollment season–the time in which you can change your healthcare plan for the upcoming year. While all companies don’t use the calendar year, many do. You should pay special attention to the mental health coverage in your chosen plan. If you’re the HR person tasked with finding the best plan for your company for 2020, it’s probably already done with the contracts signed, but keep in mind the importance of mental healthcare coverage.

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Swiss Sunday: Swiss Efficiency? Ha!

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Now, to be clear, the Swiss are efficient about a lot of things. Take immigration and customs at the airport: it’s a model of efficiency and the US should take note. But, recently, I’ve run into a few frustrating examples of inefficiency. Here they are: Duplicated work. My daughter had a doctor’s appointment last week. It was with a new doctor, but the doctor was in the same practice as her previous doctor. The same receptionist checked her in.

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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.

Hiring a Field Service Tech? Look for these 5 Attributes

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Hiring is always a challenge: finding the right candidates, going through the interview process, making an offer, and getting the candidate to accept. After all, most managers only hire a few people a year (if that), which shows that few are experts at knowing what to look for during an interview.

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What Can Employers Do to Mediate Political Workplace Conflict?

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Workplace conflict is inevitable. That’s a good thing: You don’t want a bevy of drones who nod in agreement with everything the boss says. But sometimes workplace communication can sour when conflict arises over politics instead of the best marketing scheme or who should have won last night’s reality show finale. Here’s what to do when the political arena becomes a little too much like a real-life prize fight — and your employees are right in the middle of it.

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How a Signing Bonus Can Take Your Recruitment Efforts to the Next Level

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When you’re struggling to lure in talented candidates who will bring your business into the future, a signing bonus can be an effective way of getting their attention. Now, some might say that’s overkill. But a sign-on bonus isn’t just for executives — it can come into play during any level of talent acquisition. Here’s what you need to know before you put your next offer on the table. How Does a Signing Bonus Work?

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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.

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Can My Employer Change Me from Hourly to Salary?

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I woke up this morning to three emails from people asking essentially the same question: Can my manager stop paying me overtime by declaring that I’m a salaried employee? While giving an entirely correct answer would involve looking carefully at the job description, the answer is almost always no. Human resources manager and employee-relations expert Rebecca Goldbach says, “Everyone is born non-exempt.”

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A Fish Tank Full of Sexual Harassment? Why Diversity Helps

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We have a beautiful 28-gallon fish tank in our living room with a variety of fish, including Mollies. I don’t know much about fish, so when the lady at the pet store said we needed to keep a ratio of one male Molly to three females, I took her word at face value. She sold us one adult male, two adult females, and two baby females. Everything was fine until one adult female and one baby female died. Then the male Molly began to chase the remaining female continually.

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Viral Best Buy Training Question Is a Perfect Example of Clueless Corporate Policies

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When you walk into a Best Buy, or any store, do you expect to be greeted or welcomed into the store? Would you even know if there was a difference? Well, whoever wrote the Best Buy training policies thinks that there is, according to this viral tweet. View image on Twitter. Karate’s Bad Boy @flarkle.

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Learning the Difference Between Employees and Contractors in Today’s Gig Economy

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Gig workers made headlines recently with California passing new state laws that require companies to turn most contractors into employees. While politicians aimed this law at companies such as Uber and Lyft, it highlights how dependent we’ve become on gig workers. Whether we call them freelancers, consultants or independent contractors, they are everywhere. Some of you reading this are part of the army of independents in the HR war of contractors vs employees.

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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.

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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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8 Reasons You Shouldn’t Hold out for that Dream Job

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Are you chasing your dream job? Lots of people are. And it’s fine to have a dream, but the reality is much harsher. Settling can be the better choice. Here are eight reasons why. You have bills. Or at least you should. If you’re still living with your parents and are over 22, that’s super nice of your parents, but you need to start acting like an adult. Take any job that will allow you to be an adult and pay your own bills.

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Job Posting: Applicants that Include a Photograph Will Be Given First Consideration

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A Washington state aviation company posted a job listing for a Human Resources Manager. Mostly, the job listing is pretty normal, mentioning things like employee relations, policies and procedures, and tracking vacation time. But, if you scroll down to the bottom, you find this gem: “Those applicants that chose to include a photograph with their resume will be given first consideration for a personal interview.”

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How Unconscious Bias Led a Movie Theater to Kick out 100+ Disabled Children

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Mayo Beach Adaptive Camp likes to take their campers on field trips, just like most summer camps. This camp is for disabled children (from 6-21), their siblings, and friends. Camp Director Joe Mavo bought 140 tickets for his campers and staff (t he ratio is 1 staff member to every three campers ) to attend a summer movie at the Regal Waugh Chapel & IMAX in Maryland. He informed the theater that it was for special needs children.

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Sorry, HR, You Don’t Get Any Friends at Work–The DisruptHR Talk

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A few months ago, I wrote an article about how HR can’t have friends at work and it kind of created controversy. LinkedIn went kind of nuts discussing it, with people digging in their heels on both sides.

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37 Holiday Presents that Employees Loved Getting from Their Bosses

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While it’s not required, present exchanges are popular around the year-end. Whether it’s for a specific holiday–Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanza, or New Year’s–or just to celebrate another year in the books, bosses everywhere are looking for presents. Employees are looking for presents for bosses too–but let’s remember the advice from Miss Manners: Presents only go one direction–down.

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How to Celebrate Birthdays in the Office

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Everyone loves birthday cake. No, wait. Jane will only eat chocolate sheet cake from Costco. Harry is gluten intolerant. Stephanie is a vegan. The entire accounts receivable team has gone paleo. Bonnie is a Jehovah’s Witness and doesn’t celebrate her birthday or other people’s birthdays, but she doesn’t mind if you celebrate your birthday, but please don’t invite her.

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How Citibank’s New Policy Almost Ruined My Vacation

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I’ve had a Citibank credit card for almost 20 years but Citibank canceled it on Thursday. I have a monthly storage shed payment that hits the card, but otherwise, I rarely use it. But, I pay it off every month and am generally a low maintenance kind of a person. (I I realize, paying it off every month and not using it a ton means I’m not a hugely profitable customer, but I was loyal.). I’m also an American citizen who lives in Switzerland.

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The Good Place’s Eleanor Has a Meltdown that All Managers Can Relate to

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Caution: This article contains spoilers for The Good Place. If you aren’t up to date, go binge watch and come back. At the end of season three, Michael (Ted Danson) had a meltdown that forced Eleanor (Kristen Bell) into the lead role as the neighborhood’s architect. It was an on-the-spot promotion that she didn’t ask for. She was, however, the best choice for the job. . And in the beginning, things are going well. Eleanor is confident. She’s got a great staff.

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How to Keep Tenured Service Techs Satisfied

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It takes a lot of effort to find a new job. Because of that, people tend to stay in their positions as long as they aren’t completely miserable. That’s why if the pay is OK and the manager isn’t a total jerk, chances are that your technicians will stay with your service organization for a long time. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average tenure in the repair and maintenance profession is four years.

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Study: Women Who Took Paid Maternity Leave Earn Less

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The United States lags behind European countries when it comes to maternity leave. Federal law only requires 12 weeks of unpaid leave if the mother qualifies. To qualify under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), you must: Work for a company that has 50 or more employees in a 75 miles radius Have worked for a minimum of 1250 hours in the past 12 months Worked for at least 12 months for this company (although consecutive work isn’t required). If you meet all these criteria, then you qualify.

A Company Shared an Applicants Instagram Photo as a Bad Example. Then the Tables Turned

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Emily Clow applied for a job with Kickass Masterminds , a company that used to describe itself as “ Kickass Masterminds matches and manages Mastermind Groups for rebellious business owners.” ” I say “used to” because they took down their LinkedIn page after Ms. Clow applied. Because they tried to make her a bad example. Clow applied and followed Kickass Masterminds’ Instagram account.

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The Importance of Tech Training (and Why Service Organizations Should Pay For It)

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Technology develops at a rapid rate. Today, consumers can have all of their appliances connected to the internet via a smart house, but when things go on the fritz, they need a technician well-versed in smart technology to service their devices. At the same time, some homes still have HVAC systems that were installed before some of your techs were even born. Who knows what will exist tomorrow? The range of information techs need to know continues to grow. That means training is critical.

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