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When Your Boss Doesn’t Let You Go on Vacation

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luxury hotel pool and summer vacation Photo by Engin Akyurt. Yesterday, Brenda Neckvatal and I talked about vacation and PTO usage on The Real HR Show.

2020 267

In a Tweet, John Legend Gave All Business Owners a Critical Gut Check

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Photo by Flo Dahm.

2020 221

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Why You Shouldn’t Be Accessing Your Emails While Furloughed

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You’re bored. You’ve already baked bread, made jam, and painted the kids’ bedrooms. Being out of work (even if receiving sufficient unemployment pay) can be tedious.

2020 276

Don’t Fire Someone for Their Spouse’s Social Media Posts

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Racism is bad. All my readers (I hope) agree. There are racists. We also all agree. If you are a horrible person, even off the job or on social media, you may lose your job. With a few exceptions, there is no right to free speech at work in the private sector.

2020 277

Dilemma of the Month: Why Startups Need HR Help Before They Launch

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I’m launching my own company this year, with about 12 employees, and I’m thinking about the importance of human resources services. Should I hire someone for that position, or can I use an outside service or an online site? And what are the most important things I should do before I launch?

2020 212

You Don’t Have to Give it All to Show True Leadership

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Photo by Kasumi Loffler. If you want to build employee loyalty, consider the example of Texas Roadhouse CEO Kent Taylor. He just donated his $800.000 in salary and bonuses to help keep his employees during the shutdown. Texas Roadhouse hasn’t had to lay anyone off or cut anyone’s pay.

2020 218

Some of My Employees Don?t Want to Return to Work

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We’ve been given the go-ahead from the government to re-open our business. The only problem is that the employees don’t want to come back.

2020 242

US Women’s National Soccer Team Loses Pay Dispute in Court

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The United States Senior Women’s National Soccer Team (WNT) is a crowd pleaser and they won last year’s World Cup Title. Their paychecks, however, were a lot less than the United States Senior Men’s National Soccer Team (MNT).

2020 266

You Don’t Lack the Discipline

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Have you seen the “motivational” tweets and advice about what you should do during Quarantine? Like these: If you don’t come out of this quarantine with either: 1.) a new skill 2.) starting what you’ve been putting off like a new business 3.)

2020 278

This is Not How You Do LinkedIn

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I love LinkedIn. I really do. I’ve made friends there. I’ve found many new clients there. And, I’ve had some really fun, business-oriented discussions there. I’m happy to connect with any of you there. But, today, when I checked my LinkedIn notifications, I found this.

2020 227

It?s Okay to Hate Your Job When Others Are Unemployed

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I got an email this morning from a reader who hates his job–for good reasons. He included this line: Now I’m in a job that I utterly despise. I dread every day. I know you will probably say I should be grateful, because so many are unemployed.

2020 242

I Was Laid Off But Replaced. Is that Legal?

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Like many people, I was laid off as part of a company-wide reduction in workforce due to COVID 19. One of 50-60 people at a software company serving one of the hardest-hit industries. They did a decent job as far as paying some severance, etc.

2020 241

Things I Learned from My Terrible Playlist

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My brother challenged us all to make a playlist of our favorite 25 songs. The rules are no Christmas music, only one song per artist, and it shouldn’t take more than five to ten minutes to make. The latter is so that you don’t overthink it. I love music. i love all kinds of music.

2020 232

Exhausted? Blame Zoom. Or Skype

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I cannot even begin to count the number of video conferences I’ve done since the beginning of March. I’ve worked exclusively at home for 11 years, and so I thought I was as up to date as anyone on remote communication.

2020 258

The Hairdressers with Coronavirus Didn’t Infect Anyone Else. This is Great News for Your Business

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Photo by Engin Akyurt. You probably heard about the two hairstylists from Great Clips that worked while symptomatic with Coronavirus. 140 clients and seven coworkers were exposed. It was an outbreak waiting to happen, and guess what? It didn’t happen.

2020 209

The IRS Is Coming for Your Payroll Protection Loan

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So many businesses took out Payroll Protection Plan (PPP) loans that the program’s first tranche maxed out in a few days. Many see this as the only way to save their small businesses. Now, the Internal Revenue Service says it wants a cut.

2020 232

How to Keep Remote Employees on Task Without Spying On Them

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When you take part in a Zoom meeting , you can see your own face on the screen and you should be fully aware that your coworkers can see you and whatever is behind you. This has resulted in some hilarious situations as children, pets, and spouses have wandered into meetings.

2020 234

Age Discrimination or Protecting a Vulnerable Employee?

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My “position” was called back to our store after furlough but I was not. My coworker, who I trained and share the position with, was called back yesterday. No one will answer my calls or questions about my possible return. I am 58 years old and have had higher evaluation scores than my coworker.

2020 241

Your Work from Home Employees Are Burning Out. You Can Help

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When your commute is only 30 seconds long and doesn’t even require pants , it’s easy to think that a whole lot of stress is gone. And, sure that commuting stress is gone, but so is your time to sit alone and listen to a podcast. Working from home can cause a different kind of burnout.

2020 231

So What Does Hiring Look Like Now?

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Despite the staggering increase in layoffs over the past couple of months, some companies are still hiring. Amazon, for example, has hired more than 100,000 employees in four weeks and has plans to hire 75,000 more.

2020 233

What HR Professionals Should Be Doing in the Midst of a Hiring Freeze

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In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic , companies across sectors have implemented hiring freezes and paused active talent recruitment efforts.

2020 149

You Love Dress Codes

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Last week I wrote about a judge’s request for lawyers (lawyers!) to get out of bed and put some clothes on before appearing in a virtual court.

2020 235

Some Companies Can’t Hire Fast Enough. Study Their Business Models

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While many businesses–and, yes, entire industries even–have suffered as a result of the Coronavirus crisis , some companies have managed to thrive in this moment.

2020 145

Why You Should Follow Facebook and Pay Remote Workers Less

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Like most tech companies, Facebook sent a lot of their employees to work from home when the Coronavirus struck. Now Mark Zuckerberg says they can stay–but there’s one catch: If they move out of a high cost of living area, they’ll likely see a pay cut.

2020 212

How to Properly Reject Job Candidates

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When you start a business, you get to hire the people you want. It’s a great feeling. But, you also have to reject a lot of candidates. While ghosting candidates has been popular over the years, it’s the wrong way to do it.

2020 205

What to Do If Your Managers Are Asking Recruiters to Discriminate

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Adam Karpiak recruits for a living. He’s also an influencer in the HR world. He recently asked recruiters on LinkedIn if they’ve ever received racist requests from clients–both overtly and covertly. They responded, and it’s not a pretty picture.

2020 184

The Real HR Show: The Burnout is Catching up with US

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2020 175

Swiss Saturday: Quarantine Version

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It’s day 4640 of quarantine here in the beautiful city of Basel. And, I do mean beautiful. We have had amazing weather and while, technically, we don’t have a stay at home order, I live smack in the middle of the city, so going out means running into other people.

2020 221

The Real HR Show: Stacking & Racking PTO–Avoid the Burnout

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2020 145

Airbnb’s CEO Shows All Businesses How to Conduct Layoffs

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The Covid-19 shutdowns have struck the travel industry, and so it’s no surprise that Airbnb needs to layoff workers. What is surprising is the way Airbnb Co-Founder and CEO Brian Chesky went about it. He released a letter to Airbnb staff , explaining the layoff. Here’s what he did right.

2020 210

Can You Hear Kids on Your Zoom Calls? Don’t Fire the Parents

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In the pre-Covid days, it was absolutely reasonable to tell an employee that someone else must be taking care of the children while you are working. Telecommuting does not mean caring for your children while building a marketing plan.

2020 157

I Got Fired in My Dream Last Night, and My Dream Boss Did It Wrong

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Do you have stress dreams? They used to be that it was the end of the semester and I’d forgotten about a class and now I was going to flunk it. Or, I couldn’t remember my locker combination.

2020 227

How the Employee Relations Job Function is Changing: A Look at the HR Acuity Benchmark Study

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Just what does the employee relations department do all day? This is the type of question that if you ask an ER person directly, it may result in a pointed glare or perhaps weeping as the employee relations expert sinks into a chair. It’s been a rough few months.

2020 153

10 Signs You May Be a Bad Boss

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Are you a good manager or a bad one ? That’s actually not an easy question to answer. There are times when good managers have employees who hate them and bad managers have employees who love them. Bad managers can get results while good managers can have failures.

2020 177

Sexual Harassment and Bullying During Telecommuting

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We all know cyberbullying is a problem. Perhaps we think about it as a teenage problem with the mean girls mocking someone over Snapchat. But, it can be a p roblem in the adult workplace.

2020 218

New Study: You’re More Likely to Tell a Woman a White Lie in a Performance Appraisal

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We tell white lies to be nice. We don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings, so we say something small that isn’t true. We learn this behavior at a very young age as we’re told to compliment Aunts on their terrible cooking.

2020 179

Kroger’s Overpayment Shows How You Should Not Treat Employees

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Never before has the world appreciated grocery store employees. They kept everyone fed while the world shut down and at personal risk. Grocery store giant, Kroger, offered employees emergency pay, but, unfortunately, a few employees were overpaid. This happens.

2020 187

Swiss Sunday: Coronavirus Version

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Usually, I’d be at church on a Sunday morning, but today I’m home because church meetings have been canceled. The canton recommended it, and our church leaders decided it was a good idea. The federal government prohibited all gatherings of more than 1000 people and recommended no more than 200.

2020 227

Working From Home Reality Check: No, Your Employees Aren’t All Doing Yoga and Folding Laundry

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People are working at home at record levels–some happily and some not so happily.

2020 219

Evil HR Lady on Podcasts

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First, I love being on podcasts. I love listening to podcasts. It’s super fun! So, if you have a podcast, I’m probably happy to be on it. Anyone doing a podcast about labor law violations in Tiger King? I am there. Here’s a few places to hear and see me!

2020 212

3 Ways the Coronavirus Has Changed Your Workplace for the Better

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Chances are, your organization made massive changes due to Coronavirus shelter-in-place and other orders. Some of them should be temporary, but some of the changes should be permanent. Let’s look at a few things that have changed. Destigmatized Working From Home.

2020 214

You Can Give Your Employee Antibody Tests, But You Shouldn’t

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Just about everyone wants to see life get back to normal–whatever that means. But, how do you do it safely? Some businesses are talking about doing antibody testing for Covid-19 to determine if people are safe to return to work. .

2020 201

This Job Candidate Walked Out Before His Interview Started. The Reason Is Instructive for Any Employer

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Miguel Olave waited 35 minutes for an interview. Then he walked out. . He was absolutely right to do so. Five minutes, sure. Ten minutes, I’ll even give you a pass. But, when you let a candidate site for 35 minutes without acknowledging him, you’re going to lose that candidate.

2020 221