Evil HR Lady

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.

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Traveling for Business? WeWork Will Only Reimburse Your Meals if They are Vegetarian

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WeWork announced that they would no longer have meat at company events and that if you submit a receipt for a hamburger purchased while on company travel, you won’t be reimbursed. The goal is to lower WeWork’s carbon footprint. A noble goal, for sure. But, I’m not sure they’ve thought through the consequences of this decision. Only 3.3

2018 119

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 146

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 127

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 180

Do Your Employees Understand Their Health Insurance?

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Everyone knows that they need to take care of their health, but when it comes to truly understanding health insurance, how good are your employees? According to a recent study, not very. The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans found that: Approximately half of employees don’t understand employee benefit materials. Only 19 percent of employers report that their employees have a “high level” of understanding of their benefits.

Amazon Does the Right Thing for Muslim Workers During Ramadan

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Have you ever wondered why more businesses in the United States close on Christmas than on any other holiday? Sure, some of it is tradition–we’ve always been closed. But, some of it is simply practical: 90 percent of Americans celebrate Christmas , including the bosses. So, companies close. But, the religious makeup of the United States is changing and Amazon is doing the right thing when it comes to dealing with that change.

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Harvard: Why Do Danish Mothers Earn Less? University of Chicago: It’s the Productivity, Stupid.

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In May, the Harvard Business Review looked at why Danish women’s salaries dropped off after childbirth and never recovered. In June, the University of Chicago presented a reason : productivity. Yana Gallen looked at Danish data and found that an eight percent productivity gap between mothers and others explained two-thirds of the pay gap. What it didn’t explain was the slight drop in pay for childless women, who had higher productivity.

2018 107

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 214

Dear LinkedIn, Did You Forget You’re a Business Site?

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I don’t want to send or receive GIFs at LinkedIn. Now, I can stop myself from sending them, but I can’t stop people from sending them to me, but you can. I’m a big LinkedIn user. I post something there almost every day. I love to connect with people. What makes me love it? Because LinkedIn has managed to stay business focused.

2018 113

Social Mores Have Changed; Biology Hasn’t

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Let’s talk about three sexual harassment cases. A female coach and physical education teacher sued the school district because another employee, also female, made crude remarks about her breasts, touched her without permission, and said, “I will think of you next time I am f—ing.”. A female employee receives sexually explicit text messages from the man responsible for training her. While the trainer doesn’t have hire/fire authority over her, he certainly can influence her career.

2018 119

Building a Paid Time Off Policy that Ensures Everyone Gets a Vacation

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Your paid time off policy only works if people actually get to use their vacation days. It’s even better if they get to take them when they want to. Generally, that means during the summer. But what do you do if you’re already short-staffed? It can kill morale if you say “no” to people’s vacation requests, and you could become even more short-staffed if team members call out sick or quit for greener pastures.

2018 107

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 178

UK Expert: Fat People Should Receive Privileges at Work

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Fat people should be allowed to come to work an hour late, in order to miss rush hour, as well as other protections, according to Prof Stephen Bevan a member of Public Health England’s advisory board , The Mirror. He suggests that fat should be classified as a “protected characteristic” which would mean discrimination based on waist size would be illegal.

2018 123

Is Your Workplace Culture Harming Your Employees’ Health?

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Workplace culture has a bigger impact on your employees’ health than you may think. Your company’s culture influences a wide range of behaviors, from seeking health care to unhealthy eating and drinking to managing stress and mental health. If you want healthy employees who show up every day and do great work, consider these five ways your company’s culture could be affecting your employees’ health. What’s a Sick Day?

2018 119

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 220

#MeToo’s Impact Isn’t Pretty–for Men or Women

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If you’re a male university professor, would you have a closed-door meeting with a female student ? What if you’re a female university professor, would you have a closed-door meeting with a male student? What about a closed-door meeting with a student of the same gender, regardless of your sexual orientation? And what if you’re a manager in the corporate world? Are the days of one on one meetings over, for fear of accusations or attacks ?

2018 144

Supreme Court: Your Bakery Doesn’t Have to Bake a Gay Wedding Cake

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The US Supreme Court Just handed down a 7-2 decision in favor of the baker in Masterpiece Cakeshop, LTD v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission , saying that the baker had the first amendment right to not bake and decorate a wedding cake for a gay couple as that violated his sincerely held religious beliefs. What does this mean for your business? Most likely nothing. The decision is very narrowly tailored to where strongly held religious beliefs clash with other civil rights.

2018 145

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 146

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

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 246

Let’s Build a Better Travel Reimbursement Policy

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On Saturday I ran my credit card at the grocery store and it was declined for lack of funds. I pay the bill in full every month and know that I had not come anywhere close to spending my limit in the past 30 days. I swiped my emergency backup credit card and went on my way. I was about to call my credit card company and ask “what in the heck?” ” when I realized that in the past month my husband had spent three weeks in various African countries.

2018 161

Should I Lose My Employee’s Trust by Reporting Harassment to HR

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If an employee reports harassment to their manager, is it the responsibility of the manager to report it to HR? What should if the employee doesn’t want the complaint to go to HR, and the manager doesn’t want to lose the employee’s trust? And, what should a manager do if the employee describes the situation, but doesn’t provide the name of the alleged harasser?

2018 124

Google Wants Employees to Work Instead of Arguing Politics

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In the past few months, 2,600 Google employees have signed a petition asking the company to do more about harassment–and to make HR investigations transparent, according to The Wall Street Journal. It’s one of the many changes going on at Google when it comes to employee communications. Google has encouraged dialogue unrelated to the workplace for years, and now it’s not working out so well.

2018 119

Recruiters Are Your Company’s Best Brand Representatives

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When you think about who communicates with people outside of your company the most, you probably think of sales reps, but you should be looking at your recruiters. In fact, they spend almost all their time talking with or about people who aren’t employees. Glassdoor says each corporate position receives an average of 250 applicants. Of course, that number is going to vary wildly depending on the position, but recruiters can potentially interact with thousands of people every year.

2018 152

If You Want People to Collaborate, Get Rid of this Office Plan

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Employees hate open office plans, but at least the help employees collaborate and work together? It saves companies money and it increases teamwork , right? Well, wrong. Ethan Bernstein and Stephen Turban, at Harvard Business School and Harvard University, took a look at how people who switched from individual cubicles to an open office plan. What they found wasn’t more collaboration after the switch, but less. Participants in the study spent.

2018 107

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 184

97% of People Say This Is the Most Toxic Team Behavior

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We all (well, 97 percent of us ) know that making up rumors about someone’s sex life is not okay. But even still, 39 percent of employees have seen it happen—and six percent say they’ve participated, too. People don’t just casually overhear inappropriate conversations—they tend to chime in. An older study suggests that 80 percent of what we talk about is in fact, gossip. But gossip isn’t all bad.

2018 144

Netflix Has a New Sexual Harassment Policy. It’s Like 7th Grade on Steroids

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One of the big problems with US sexual harassment law is that it depends on feelings. The “victim” must feel offended in order for sexual harassment to occur. That means there are no bright lines (other than criminal ones) that determine what is and what is not sexual harassment. While this is definitely a problem with the law, Netflix’s solution is even worse. Like, junior high level worse.

2018 128

Managing Isn’t Easy—But That’s No Excuse to Shirk the Responsibility

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Sometimes it seems that managers do nothing while their employees do all the work. So why should managers make more money to sit in air-conditioned offices and do paperwork while everyone else works hard? There is a difference between managing and doing , and in many cases (but certainly not all cases), managing is harder than doing. Sure, a manager’s work might be physically less demanding, but don’t underestimate the difficulty or importance of that work. Responsibility No. 1: Hiring.

2018 127

Dear Reworker: What Belongs in the Employee Handbook?

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My company has an Employee Manual stating company policies on vacation, sick time, tardiness, overtime, absences, conduct, appearance, drug testing, etc. We do not, however, spell out company policy regarding the day-to-day operation of our business. We would like to start issuing written warnings to employees that violate operational policies by being rude to customers, charging items to customers with bad credit, not returning items to vendors in a timely manner and breaking other rules.

2018 150

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 192

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 208

Two Easy Things the Airlines Could Do to Make Us Not Hate Them

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I love to travel. I hate jet lag. Right now I’m suffering from a bit of jet lag after returning from a trip 10 time zones away, so I’m having trouble sleeping. It allowed me to think about ways the airlines could make life so much better for travelers. Yes, I’d like more leg room and a bigger seat, but I understand that costs a fortune. Here are things that could make travel a bit better for not much money. Tell us when our bag missed the flight.

How to Be a Proactive Manager

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Years ago, I shadowed a night manager at a large grocery store chain. She didn’t sit down a single time during her entire eight hour shift. She tackled problem after problem, putting out fires. I was completely exhausted by the end of it, and asked her how she did it. She said, “Well, I’ve been here six months and I’ve lost 20 pounds without dieting.”

2018 143

Organizational Restructuring: Should Your Business Consider One?

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Many companies have gone through an organizational restructuring, where a traditional top-down management structure with a strict hierarchy is switched out in favor of something that more resembles a lattice.

2017 194

The Best Employee Perks Even Small Businesses Can Afford

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You’ve probably heard about the best employee perks the big Silicon Valley players offer—free gourmet lunches, on-site massages and huge common areas stocked with the latest video games—and may have thought smaller businesses can’t compete. Truth be told, most small organizations probably can’t. Let’s just be upfront about that. But Google can’t compete with small businesses, either. They can offer things big companies just can’t.

2018 158

Diversity Will Not Save Your Business

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Penguin Random House UK released a statement about their diversity goals. They state (bold in the original): To better understand how our actions are making a difference in the long term we need to better understand the diversity of the authors we publish and the people we hire, and how this changes over time. That’s why we want both our new hires and the authors we acquire to reflect UK society by 2025.

2018 123

My Co-Workers Are Voting for Trump

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I sit across the cube wall from 4 hipster type web designers – all guys. (I’m I’m a nerdy female data analyst). The guys are all conservative republicans, so I usually tune out the political talk or put on my headphones.

What to Expect When Starbucks Opens Its Doors After Diversity Training

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Starbucks employees are not to be color blind, but “color brave” after yesterday’s unprecedented store shut down.This term comes from Mellody Hobson’s 2014 TED talk, “Color Blind or Color Brave.” ” Ms. Hobson’s idea is that we need to talk about race–even though it makes us extraordinarily uncomfortable. Hobson’s ideas and stories are powerful, but will it make a difference when you get your coffee? Everybody Is Welcome.

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