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Ask Evil HR Lady: What Do You Do When Your Coworkers Are Stuck in 9th Grade?

I have a friend who’s a government worker. She’s overweight, knows it and is working on it. It has absolutely nothing to do with her competence at her job, and nothing to do with her worth as a person. She walked in on a conversation she was never meant to hear, where one of her […]

Is It Possible to Be Too Smart?

Many years ago, as a teenager, I applied for a job at a local fast food restaurant. The application asked for high school grade point average. Being an excellent student, I happily and proudly put down my GPA. In the interview, the manager looked down at my application and then back at me. “Is this […]

When a Promotion is Not a Promotion

Have you ever been given a boatload of new responsibilities without the title and pay increase to go with it? Or perhaps you got the title along with a vague promise that at “some point in the future” you’d get a raise to match your new responsibilities? It happens far more often than it should: […]

How to Implement Yearly Reviews

I work for a small, established company, and we don’t have policies in place for employee reviews. Actually, we don’t really do reviews at all. I find this odd. Is there a reason a company wouldn’t ask for or provide formal feedback? If I wanted to put a procedure in place for the people I […]

Should Knitting Be a Priority?

Thursday night was parents’ evening at my son’s school. He attends the local public school. The Swiss system, as I’ve mentioned before, has some stark differences from the American school system. For one, he’s in grade 2 and still only has half day school 3 days a week. For another, I met his knitting teacher. […]

Should You Encourage Your Teen to Take a Job at a Restaurant?

This post brought to you by National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Evil HR Lady. In today’s helicoptery parenting world, and crazy college admissions, parents often want to do what’s best for their children’s futures. So, we shuttle them to activities and pay to send them on […]

How Employers Really Hire an Employee

Everyone knows how hiring works from the candidate’s point of view. It goes like this: Job is posted. Candidates submit resumes. The recruiter reviews the resumes and does phone screens. The top candidates come in and interview. The hiring manager decides which candidate to hire. HR performs background checks The company extends an offer, the […]

Can eHarmony Bring Their Matching Magic to the Workplace?

The matchmaking masterminds at eHarmony have decided that love isn’t all you need–you also need a job. So, they’ve decided to jump into the recruiting game with their new (still in beta) website: Elevated Careers. Now, to be fair, I have, for years, advocated making job interviews more like dating, but what I meant was […]

How to Juggle Multiple Offers–Success

Dear Evil HR Lady, After what seems like an interminable period of job-searching, I finally have a job offer in hand. Yeah! The salary is good (although not spectacular), but it’s a job I’m very interested in doing and it’s a good fit. I’ve known the hiring manager for years and am excited about it. […]

How to Balance Customer Happiness with Employee Happiness

We all know that the customer is often wrong. They demand things that violate policy. They treat employees that didn’t make the policies horribly. They are huge pains in the rear end for oh, so many things. However, without the customers, we have no business. Therefore, many companies have instituted a “customer is always right” […]

Why Your Coworker May Be Your Best Mentor

A mentor is a valuable thing. Having someone that wants to help you succeed in your career and can help coach you through it can make the difference between being stuck at entry level and climbing up the corporate ladder. When we look for a mentor, we often look for people who are leaders in […]

How Far You Can Push Employees Without Resorting to ‘the Amazon Way’

The internet is full of stories about Amazon’s work environment. You have, of course,The New York Times claiming it’s the worst place ever. Then you have Jeff Bezos coming out and saying, “The article doesn’t describe the Amazon I know or the caring Amazonians I work with every day.” Employees (and former employees) have come […]

How Chipotle’s Plan to Hire 4,000 Workers in One Day Is Sure to Backfire

First and foremost, I love burritos and I love Chipotle. So, when I hear that Chipotle is planning to hire 4,000 workers in one day, my heart simultaneously jumps (more burritos!) and sinks (stunt hiring is not productive). Here’s why hiring like this is bound to backfire. Publicity is good, but… Yes, this stunt will […]

What Happens When I’m Forced to Go Non-Exempt?

I have been an exempt supervisor for the past ten years. With all this talk of the changes to exempt federal minimum wage, I have some questions. I’ve already heard rumors in my company that their intentions are to make the exempt employees who are making less than the proposed new minimum wage into nonexempt […]

How to Limit the Damage When You Fire an Employee

Someone I had to let go recently is making his departure very difficult for everyone. He was fired, not because he was a horrible person, but because he was not getting the job done. He just is not a fit for the environment – and over the years could not improve his performance. We provided […]

Working at Amazon is Hell. So What?

The New York Times just published an expose of how difficult life is at Amazon. I suppose their goal was to make us feel bad for their poor employees. Now, to be clear, I’m happy to criticize Amazon when they deserve to be criticized–I completely disagree with their decision to not pay their employees during […]

10 Types of Employees That HR Secretly Hates

People generally go into Human Resources because they like people. After a few years of dealing with these humans, HR people can become cynical. You would too if you had to deal with these types below. If you see yourself in one, stop it. 1. Special snowflakes. These employees feel like they aren’t subject to any of […]

Why I’m Glad I Worked Fast Food

This post brought to you by National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Evil HR Lady. What do Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and I have in common? We both got our start in fast food–he started at McDonalds and I worked at Burger King. Do I wish I could […]

10 Things You Should Never Do When Giving Employee Feedback

Everybody tells you that your employees need feedback, but what they don’t tell you is that doing it wrong can be worse than not doing it at all. Here are 10 things you should never do when you need to tell an employee how he or she is doing. 1. Yell. No matter what you […]

3 Ways to Make Exit Interviews More Effective

Exit interviews are a double-edged sword: Your company desperately wants information from departing employees about how to improve, but employees have little motivation to provide complete, honest reasons for their departure. You can promise up one side and down the other that you’ll keep individual answers confidential, but the person is unlikely to believe that […]

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