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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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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.

2018 200

This Advice Can Make 2019 the Best Year Ever

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A common theme of people who email me for help with their career is that their jobs are terrible, their bosses are unreasonable , and their pay is too low. The problem is, you can only change your own actions. While people will react differently if you behave differently, you have to make the changes to begin with. So, this morning, I stumbled across this quote from Albert Ellis: “The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own.

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What HR Tech Leaders Say about HR 2019

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What will Human Resources look like in 2019? Well, it’s not as if we are going to go through some huge renaissance, but it’s an ever-changing field–especially when it comes to tech. At Unleash (an HR Technology Conference) last fall, I grabbed some industry leaders and got a few words about their vision for HR in 2019.

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5 Employment Trends You Can Expect to See in 2019

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With each new year comes new professional trends. So, what should you expect in employment trends for 2019? While much of what you’ll see in the coming year will depend on your industry, your location and your individual business needs, there are some overarching trends that you should keep your eye on. Here are five of them. Low Unemployment. Unemployment has been steadily falling since 2010 , and at the end of 2018, the national rate was below 4 percent.

2019 165

Your 6th Grader Doesn’t Need to Know Her Future Career

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Two stories. First, a couple of years ago, I went to my daughter’s high school to give a presentation on careers. I put up a slide that listed about 20 of my friends, their college majors, and their careers today. As all these friends were in their 40s, it had been a bit of time since college. Only the accountant as still working in her field of study. So, I told these high school students that what they majored in wasn’t critical and the teacher about had a heart attack.

2019 137

Citigroup Pays Women 71 Percent of What Men Earn, and I’m Totally Okay with that

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I believe in equal pay for equal work , which is why I’m totally okay with Citigroup’s announcement that, after careful study, the median pay for women is 71 percent of the median pay for men. Minorities earn 93 percent of what white men earn.). If that sounds bizarre to you, you need to think back to sixth-grade math where you learned the term “median.” ” The median is simply the middle number.

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What I Learned When I Gave a TEDx Talk

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I love to speak. In fact, I feel more comfortable in front of a microphone than at a networking event. So, when my friend and colleague Kristen Pressner suggested I give a TEDx talk, I was like, sure, no problem.

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Forget Talent and Get to Work

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I gave a TedX talk back in May and it’s finally up on YouTube. ?. The post Forget Talent and Get to Work appeared first on Evil HR Lady. Exclusive EHRL

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The Amazing Things Millennials Would Give up for Help with Student Loans

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Student loans hang over the heads of 44 million Americans, with debt running well over a trillion dollars. It’s a huge concern and those who took out this debt will do just about anything to pay it down. Self-Lender surveyed 1000 Americans between the age of 18 and 34 and found out that 60 percent of them were willing to give up at least one perk in exchange for help paying down their student loans.

2019 142

Preparing Entry Level Employees for Their First Peformance Review

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Performance review tips would seem to be something to give a new manager, but they can also be of benefit to an entry-level employee. If one of your colleagues hasn’t had a formal review before, you’ll want to help set their expectations. Otherwise, new employees may feel nervous and the discussion might not be as productive as it could be. If you’re looking to help prepare an entry-level employee for their first review at your organization, here are a few things to consider.

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Google Interviewed a Candidate, and then Filed a Patent for Her Work

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Jie Qi went to Google in the hopes of collaborating with them on her projects on electronic books. What began as a chance for collaboration quickly turned to a job interview , with Qi receiving a job offer on the spot. After thinking and consulting with others, she turned the offer down so that she could complete her Ph.D. “That’s where the glitter ends,” she says in her article at Patent Pandas.

2018 151

7 Reasons to Stay at Airbnb or HomeAway (or Anything Other than a Hotel)

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While I wouldn’t call myself a road warrior , I do travel a bit more than the average person. In 2018 I slept in 9 different countries, sometimes in hotels and sometimes in vacation rentals–usually through Airbnb. While I do love the housekeeping services that come with hotels, apartment rentals usually win out for me. So, when I saw 7 reasons I’d choose a hotel over Airbnb any day , by Laura McCamy, I thought it deserved a response. So, here it goes. Traveling with kids?

2019 125

The White House Shouldn’t Have Revoked Jim Acosta’s Credentials because CNN Should Have Fired Him First

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There’s a standard story in recruiting where a candidate for a high-level position treats the receptionist poorly. As a result, the hiring manager rejects the candidate because anyone who treats a receptionist that way isn’t the type of person you’d want to hire.

2018 174

Listen Up: Managers Aren’t Infallible, But Tune Them Out at Your Own Risk

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Let’s face it: Managers can be annoying and, from time to time, you may be tempted to ignore their instructions. This is all completely logical, of course. Managers often haven’t done the job you’ve done—at least not for years—and you likely have insights that they lack. But, ignore managers at your own peril. Managers Have Power Over You. Your manager may be a brilliant and skilled technician who can guide and direct you to do a better job. Or your manager might have zero experience in service.

2018 149

I Didn’t Get a Raise but Everyone Else Did

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I’m a licensed mental health clinician. My company recently did a salary review and most of my co-workers, who have only 1-4 years of experience, received a salary increase and I did not. I have been in the field for over 20 years. Four years ago, I decided to gracefully bow out of management, as my passion is in clinical work. . I brought my concerns to my direct supervisor and then to the Department Administrator. I told him that I felt undervalued and not appreciated.

2019 128

How #MeToo Concerns Made Me Nervous at a Turkish Dance

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What if a man called a bunch of women to the stage and encouraged them, to the sounds of the cheering crowd, to make overtly sexual moves designed to embarrass them and elicit more cheers from the crowd? That, we’d all agree, would be highly inappropriate. But, what if a woman went into the audience, dragged up 10 or so men, and encouraged them, to the sounds of the cheering crowd, to make overtly sexual moves designed to embarrass them and elicit more cheers from the crowd?

2018 137

6 Tips for Managing Holiday Time Off

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Holiday time-off requests can be overwhelming. Everyone wants the exact same days off, and may submit their requests at the exact same time. So, how do you manage to keep your employees happy and your business running? It’s not easy, but there are some things that you can do to make it easier. Not every solution works for every business, but take a look at this list of six helpful suggestions. Alternate Major Holidays.

2018 155

Swiss Saturday: Medical Care

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Lately, my family has had more than it’s fair share of events resulting in doctor’s visits. And I probably should have gone for stitches last week when I sliced my finger open, but I didn’t, and now it’s healing very weirdly. Good thing I’m not a hand model. It always makes me laugh when people talk about European health care systems because every country is different. Switzerland doesn’t have socialized medicine–we buy our own policies.

2018 154

If You’re Going to Rage Quit, Do It Right

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When your boss is horrible , or customers have unreasonable and rude requests, or you just can’t take it anymore, you may wish to “rage quit” your job–walk out in a dramatic fashion. Quitting without notice makes for some sweet revenge. Who can blame you?

2018 176

Your Kid’s Teachers, Your Hairdresser and Your Admin Want This For Christmas

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Giving money is tacky. We should give thoughtful gifts that we spent a lot of time thinking about and searching for. Or better yet, we should make something handmade. Knit something, perhaps, or the good old plate of Christmas goodies. Wrong, says Jenée on Twitter. I strongly believe that people who provide services to you and make less money than you do not want your baked goods, mugs w/ a packet of hot chocolate mix wrapped in cellophane, or candles for Christmas. They want your cash!

2018 140

How to Empower Your Employees to Make Better Business Decisions

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Steve Jobs was notorious for his autocratic leadership style. Instead of empowering his employees to make their own decisions, he would set the strategy, goals and method—and expect them to follow suit. While Apple was incredibly successful under his leadership, some of the downsides of this style are apparent since his passing in 2011. The most recent example involves the removal of movies from people’s iTunes accounts.

2018 172

How Gen Z Should Use LinkedIn

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Sure, some recruiters will show up on campus , but most aren’t looking specifically for new grads, so you need to get a way to get your information in front of all these recruiters. You may assume that LinkedIn isn’t the place to be–it’s where your mom looks for a job. But, because it’s where recruiters are, a LinkedIn profile is a great way to make a splash in the professional world, even when you’re inexperienced.

2018 154

How to Handle a Non-Drinker at the Office

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Nicolette doesn’t drink alcohol. Why isn’t important, and, in fact, I didn’t ask her and she didn’t volunteer the information. But, she did share this story: After years of happily going about my non-drinking business, I was suddenly confronted with a boss who refused to buy me a soft drink as part of his round in the pub after our Christmas lunch. I felt very uncomfortable, especially as he didn’t seem to have an issue getting one for my Muslim colleague!

2018 130

I Have No Idea Why I Was Just Fired

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I am hoping you can help me understand this. I have worked as a contract worker (meaning no benefits, and being paid by the recruiter’s company). . . I was working for 6 weeks, and then I get a call after 5:00 p.m. from the recruiter who tells me my assignment ended, and that the place I was working for does not want me to show up for work the next day. Of course, I ask why? And I am told, ” you were not a good fit.” ” . What does that mean?

2018 176

This Woman is Serving 10 Years in Prison for Lying to Get a Job

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You should never lie on your resume , but if you do, the punishment in the United States tends to be super mild. If you get caught (and there’s always a chance you won’t), you may not get the job, get fired, or be publicly humiliated. But you’re very unlikely to serve time in jail. The rest of the world doesn’t operate in the same way. An unidentified Greek woman is currently serving prison time because she lied on her resume.

2018 156

Study: The Surprising Thing Holding Women Back

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I worked for Burger King for about 18 months during and after high school. I quit at the end of the summer to go away to college. When I returned to my hometown following my freshman year of college, in need of a summer job, I didn’t even think of returning to Burger King. I was terrified I hadn’t been a good enough employee and they wouldn’t want me back. Retrospectively, that was a ridiculous fear.

2018 145

Employee Time Tracking and Analytics 101 for Managers

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That is 10:00 am Eastern Time! It will be fabulous, I promise! The post Employee Time Tracking and Analytics 101 for Managers appeared first on Evil HR Lady. Exclusive EHRL

2018 172

Google Has a Terrible, Degrading Policy. Here’s Why You Should Adopt it.

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percent of the people who “work” at Google , don’t actually work for Google. They are temporary employees, contractors, and vendors, even if they show up on one of the Google campuses every day. And someone just released shocking internal documents that show how Google treats these “TVCs” differently. Honestly, it seems awful. You can’t even give TVCs a Google t-shirt.

2018 134

What to do when things go wrong before your performance review

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I’ve been at the same company for 25 years and suddenly everyone seems to be turned against me. There’s a new director who doesn’t like me, and the HR manager has never been friendly towards me. A couple of co-workers made some false accusations against me (saying I refused to help when I said I would be happy to as soon as I finished what I was working on), and now I’ve been labelled as a non-team player.

2018 125

Should you threaten to quit to get a raise?

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I work in as an Executive Assistant and a Human Resource Officer (kinda). I am just about to graduate with a BS in Psych with an emphasis in HR. I have been gunning for an early promotion because I have cleared my career ladder (completed/accomplished all requirements at top of my career ladder) and I have taken on two other roles, HR and Office Manager.

2018 149

Why You Should Shut Down Between Christmas and New Year’s

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90 percent of Americans celebrate Christmas. It’s an important day for most of your employees. More importantly, it’s an important day for most of your clients. Almost one-third of Americans traveled at least 50 miles between December 23rd and January 1st last year. In other words, the office is not where your employees or your clients want to be.

2018 132

The Small Business that Changed the Revolutionary War

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Of course you know the story of Washington Crossing the Delaware River, which took place on Christmas Day in 1776. The Hessians, who were across the river, were quite surprised. No one really expects a lot of work to be done on Christmas, especially battles. While this was a turning point, emotionally, for the colonists–they needed a win–I’m not much a military expert.

2018 125

Can I Give My Employees Open Enrollment Advice?

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Does open enrollment communication to employees often seem to fall on deaf ears? It turns out employees do want open enrollment help. In fact, 55 percent of employees wish their employers would give them advice during open enrollment. But is that something you should do? Is it something you even can do? Why Do Employees Want Advice? Health care plans sometimes change.

2018 137

Chipotle Gives Us a Lesson in Rash Decision Making

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A Chipotle Manager in Minnesota lost her job after refusing to serve a group of black men. Clear cut firing, right? You don’t refuse any paying customer! And, if you’re Starbucks, you don’t refuse any non-paying people as well.) But, the problem was, Chipotle reacted to a viral video without understanding that there is, always, more to the story. Here’s the video: Can a group of young well established African American get a bite to eat after a long workout session.

2018 143

From Believe All Women to Hire No Women?

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If Neil deGrasse Tyson’s accusers had come forth 5 years ago, it wouldn’t have made a blip in the media–traditional or social. Two of the accusations involved him being “creepy.” ” That is, he looked further at a tattoo of the planets on a woman’s upper arm, and he invited a colleague for wine and cheese and offered a special handshake that involved staring into each other’s eyes and feeling each other’s pulses.

2018 134

How Should I Handle Political Chatter in the Office?

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There are some employees who are uncomfortable with the political chatter in the office. It seems to pop up everywhere—in Slack conversations, jokes at meetings and even people asking direct questions about how the company will react to whatever political event is occurring. How should HR handle this? To read my answer, click here: How Should I Handle Political Chatter in the Office? Leave your own in the comments! The post How Should I Handle Political Chatter in the Office?

2018 125

In a Small Business, Everyone Does Multiple Jobs. How Do You Choose Accurate Titles?

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I always find the job title “secretary” fascinating. It’s both an administrative support person, almost always non-exempt, and not responsible for high-level activities, and an exceedingly high government official, with incredibly complex and varied responsibilities, some of whom are responsible for literally hundreds of thousands of employees.

2018 157

Half of Your Employees Think They Are Underpaid. Here’s What You Can Do About It

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Do you pay your employees fairly? Of course! You did your research when making salary offers, you award regular cost of living raises and you pay for their overtime work. Still, according to a recent study by Robert Half, 46 percent of employees feel that they are underpaid. This, of course, doesn’t necessarily indicate the truth about salary , since these particular findings are based on feelings.

2018 142

Can a New Manager Require Exempt Employees to Clock In?

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A newly-hired manager is telling salaried employees that they have to work 45 hours a week, take designated lunch breaks and set daily hours. If employees miss time, they have to make it up. Does this make all employees non-exempt ? In the past, being salaried/exempt meant employees had flexibility. As long as they put in over 40 hours per week, the timing of their daily arrivals and departures didn’t matter. Aren’t salaried employees paid for the job, rather the hours?

2018 134

The Best Office Secret Santa Idea Ever (Throwback Friday)

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Office holiday gift exchanges are designed to be fun , but in the end, you often end up buying something someone else doesn’t like, need, or want and receiving something you don’t like, need, or want. We keep doing it in the name of “fun.” ” Many offices have adopted a “Secret Santa” game where all participants (and participation should always be voluntary) are assigned a co-worker and instructed not to tell that person who he or she is.

2018 130

Small Business Saturday: How Can You Prepare?

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Small Business Saturday success can make a big difference for your business during the holiday season. What is Small Business Saturday, exactly? Well, it’s the Saturday after Black Friday, which follows Thanksgiving. On this day, people are encouraged to do their shopping at small businesses rather than big chain stores. If you own a small business, you’ll definitely want to take advantage of this event.

2018 138

3 Open Enrollment Best Practices Every HR Manager Should Know

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Every HR manager counts down until the first day of open enrollment. This year, that date is November 1. As the busy season fast approaches, it’s important to be adequately prepared. Review the following three open enrollment best practices and ready your organization for a successful open enrollment season. Gather Your Materials. If you wait until the last minute to get things ready, you’ll be more stressed and less prepared to answer employee questions.

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