Blog Profile / Evil HR Lady

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Why Applicant Tracking Systems Need a Human Touch

“Thank you for submitting your application. If your qualifications meet our needs, we’ll contact you. Otherwise, we’ll keep your resume on file for 12 months.” If your company has an online application system, every applicant receives an email like the above. Likewise, when someone applies to a specific job you’re sourcing, you get a notice. In […]

The Value of Tracking Turnover—And How to Do It Right

Turnover reports. Let’s be honest—they’re kind of boring. But, if you want to be a business that’s responsive to employees and boasts a great company culture, you need to track your turnover. People in small business often say, “I don’t need to track anything! I know the names of everyone who works here and I […]

Data or Intuition: When Should HR Rely on the Numbers?

Do you operate on gut feelings a lot? You know, when you interview someone for a job and within an instant you know this person is right—or wrong—for the job? What about when you’re making a big decision about a reorganization, or implementing perks that you just know employees will love? Many HR professionals make all kinds […]

Think Salaries Are Confidential? Google Found Out They Aren’t

American culture says that salary information is confidential; 43 percent of married couples couldn’t correctly name their spouse’s salary. Some were off by as much as $25,000. We don’t talk about salaries with our friends and family, and we certainly don’t talk about them with our co-workers. Leaving a list of salaries on the copy […]

6 Recommendations for Dealing with a PIP

I was previously on a performance improvement plan (PIP) and just yesterday was given 90 days to improve or be fired. Honestly, I love my work however my boss has a low perception of me and I don’t feel the situation is mendable.  Still getting over it… I have a masters and BS in engineering so I […]

The Boss’s Jealous Wife

I’m the Corporate office manager of a company, so I handle everything on the business side of things. I work as the accountant, secretary, bookkeeper, payroll, HR and much more. So because of that my boss (the owner) and I work pretty closely as I have to approve most things through him. Well, his wife […]

6 Points in Time When an Employer Needs an Attorney

No business owner starts out with the idea that he’s going to be the subject of an employment lawsuit. After all, very few owners have the intention of breaking any laws. (Granted, there are some people who do have the intention of breaking the law, but they aren’t the type who will research best practices […]

How to Formally Complain about Harassment at Work

Harassment in the workplaceis illegal. When harassment occurs, you need to officially report the problem. Using sexual harassment as an example, this is how to approach making an official complaint. Sexual Harassment When you feel like you’re being sexually harassed, you need to file a formal complaint. Your company probably has procedures in place. Most […]

Discover How Your Rigid Sick Leave Policy Hurts Your Business

James was fired from his jobfor missing 3 days of work during the first 90 days on the job. Pretty straight forward, right? The company had a clear policy – 3 days gone and you’re out – and the HR department applies it fairly and across the board. No exceptions. Sounds like a great sick leave […]

The Perils of Being Helpful

I have worked in Human Resources for 5 years and I am really proud of the work that I do; however, I found myself recently lying about my title and job duties to acquaintances. I find myself constantly being asked to help find people a job. I started working at a world renowned organization about […]

What Your Boss Doesn’t Want You to Know

Employees are often scared of their managers—after all, managers have a tremendous amount of power over their direct reports. But, what we perceive as reality isn’t always true. There are some things your manager would really prefer you didn’t know. Here are five of them: 1. I Can’t Fire You Sure, one of the definitions […]

Your Employees Are Scared to Take Vacation. Fix That.

Americans don’t get much vacation time. For instance, the average employee with five years at a particular company receives about 12 days of paid vacation, compared to the mandatory 20 days for members of the European Union. After living in Europe for six years, I can attest that people take that vacation as well. In fact, […]

How to Lead Without Carrots or Sticks

“If you exceed all your goals for the year, you’ll get a 20 percent bonus.” “If you come in late again, I’m writing you up. The next step after that is a final warning. Then, if you come in late a 3rd time, you’re fired.” So many managers rely on these carrots and sticks to […]

Why You Should Focus on the B Players

Companies always talk about having a great A team—these are the go-getters, the ones who are looking to climb the ladder as fast as possible. Businesses invest a tremendous amount of time and money developing these people. But what about everyone else? What about your B team? Should you work to develop them? Krisi Rossi O’Donnell, […]

I Think My Boss is Stealing From Me

I am a new hire at a Fortune 100 tech company. It’s a sales position, and this is my first job out of college. Just days into the job I landed my first sale — a big one for a $250,000 software contract. I am about to close my second sale, this one for a […]

Should I Repay $20,000 in Relo for a Career Opportunity?

I am currently underemployed by my current company. When I started out in their training program I was told I would have the opportunity to work in a variety of different departments. I loved this training program and was very happy, using my knowledge and skill from my degree. After finishing, however, the only open […]

12 Factors Other Than Ability That Impact Your Success at Work

The hardest and smartest work should get the promotion and the praise, right? But it doesn’t always work out that way. Every wondered why ability isn’t always king? Baseball Coach Jon Loomer identified 12 Factors Other Than Ability That Impact Playing Time for his teams. The principles transfer easily to the business world, so with […]

Americans Are Overworked, but Still Surprisingly Happy on the Job

Are you overworked, yet happy at work? If so, you’re not alone. Staples Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, released a new survey today that shows that Americans are both overworked and happy. Confused? Fifty-three percent of Americans feel overwhelmed at work, but 86 percent are still happy and motivated. Why are those numbers not […]

How to Ask for a Vacation When You’re New to a Job

It’s summer time, which means your thoughts turn to vacation. If you’re new at a job, what are the rules about asking to take vacation time? In a lot of jobs, you earn vacation time, which means that you can’t take a few days off until you’ve worked long enough to have earned time off. But some jobs […]

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