Blog Profile / Evil HR Lady

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TBT: You Didn’t Ask Me, but You Should Have

This was originally published in December 2006, here. Also, I haven’t been to Dr. Laura’s website in years and years and years. Is she still a thing? Another confession–I regularly read the letters posted at Dr. Laura’s website. They are sometimes interesting, but usually amusing. Today I wanted to bang my head on my desk […]

8 Top Ways to Retain Your Great Employees

Employee retention refers to a company’s ability to keep employees from voluntarily leaving the company. Companies usually calculate retention as a percentage (number of voluntary terminations divided by the total number of employees). For example, you have 1,000 employees, and 100 leave within the year, you have a 90% retention rate. This is the opposite […]

Should Employers Allow Pets at Work?

We are a privately owned company. Our owner brings her dog to work with her every day. The dog roams the office and lays in the hallway, etc. We have a new employee who has been here about one month. She knew about the dog when we hired her. Well, last week, she went to […]

I ratted out my boss. Am I in trouble?

I work as a part time floral clerk at a grocery Store. I have only been working here 3 month. My boss whom I hardly see anymore, NEVER trims the cut flowers in our whole dept. It is only the 2 of us in the dept., so I know it is her. It bugged me for […]

The job was posted externally, does that mean I haven’t got it?

I work as clerical Officer in the health Industry have been for 30 years I am 54 years old. I have been working for this hospital since 2008 as a clerical officer. Previous to this I held similar roles also clerical coordinator position for four years. Recently a position as team leader has been posted […]

Secret’s Safe With Me — Or is It? Workplace Privacy in the Internet Age

Human Resource professionals believe in privacy. We don’t share salaries or performance ratings (unless it’s part of our company policy to do so). When someone comes to complain about a perceived injustice, we conduct our investigations with the utmost care. When we coach a manager on how to handle a difficult employee, we do so […]

The 10 Most Annoying Things in Your Office

While it’s true that our co-workers, bosses, clients, and vendors can sometimes drive us up the wall, they aren’t alone in their frustration-inducing powers. Thethings in an office can also raise blood pressure and drive us to the vending machine. Expert Market surveyed 1,000 employees in the U.K. and came up with the top 10 […]

TBT: Telecommuting Bosses

This post was originally published March 2009 here. I’m interested in your thoughts on management by telecommuters. I worked for 10 years for a large non-profit organization in DC. About 2 or 3 years ago, they began to allow more people to telecommute. My much younger, green director worked from home 2 or 3 days […]

How Did An Average Joe Get an Award Winning Podcast? He Stole It

Joe Saul-Sehy, who gave financial advice as Average Joe Money, wanted to host a great financial podcast, so he listened around and found the best of the best. After reading Austin Kleon’s Steal Like an Artist, he decided to steal his way to success. Kleon advises taking great ideas and spinning them into your own […]

5 Tips to Improve Your Relationship with Your Micromanaging Boss

Ideally, your boss would give you general guidance when you needed it, answer questions when you have them, and give you a nice year end bonus. But, unfortunately, that’s not how many managers operate. Sometimes you can end up with a micromanaging boss who is constantly looking over your shoulder, driving you nuts. Most micromanaging bosses […]

Do evil HR people ever get busted?

Hi! Love your blog. On the heels of being figuratively kicked down the stairs by another great employer and potential supervisor via another truly evil HR lady, do they EVER get in trouble for the way they treat recruits? This one was so bad it’s practically a cartoon. She was wearing a see through shirt […]

20 Ways to Cheer Up an Office on Blue Monday

Winter is depressing in general, but a lot of people think the most depressing day is the third Monday of January–so much that it’s been called “Blue Monday.” While the scientific evidence that this particular day is more depressing than others is slim, we could all use some cheering up at the office. Here are […]

What is a “family friendly” workplace?

I have a small CPA office with only 3 employees and 6 during tax time. One staff also a CPA is a Mom with husband and 3 kids ages 4 – 10 and now 4 kids as she took in an exchange student age 12 for more money. I have given her what she wants […]

If You Run Credit Checks on Your Job Candidates, Now Would Be A Good Time To Panic

Is running a credit check part of your hiring procedures? Are you doing these credit checks legally? Lots of big named companies are getting sued for violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), including a new lawsuit at craft giant Michaels. What’s the problem? Well, the law stipulates that you have to give candidates […]

How to Tell When Employees Are Lying (And What to Do About It)

You’d have far fewer problems in your business if you knew what the truth was all the time. Sometimes, unfortunately, your employees lie to you. How can you tell when they are lying? Turns out you can use a fancy-dancy suit to track their joint movement to determine, with 75 percent accuracy, who is lying. […]

Can you help? Becoming your boss’s boss

There is a position open (for my manager’s manager). Higher level management asked me to apply for the position. From HR I will definitely get a question. How will you handle  your manager as a direct report? I replied: Urgh, I don’t know. It’s a good question, and it’s probably pretty dependent on personalities, the job, etc. Want […]

5 Ways to Get Full Time Engagement From Part Time Staff

Sometimes your most valuable employees are not the ones that put in 40 plus hours a week, but those that put in 20 hours a week. Part time staff can be awesome and if you target part timers you can often find a wealth of people with great skills and experience who want to focus […]

What Are an Employee’s Options When the Boss Acts Like a Jerk?

I have worked for the state for going on 14 years, and never in all of my time here have I dealt with a hostile work environment. It has gotten so bad that I’m planning on demoting just to get away from the constant harassment. We had two other supervisors leave for different jobs just […]

20 Things You Wish Your Coworkers Wouldn’t Do

It’s a new year and we can all pretend that that makes everything fresh and new, but the reality is that those other humans you work with can be downright annoying. I asked my readers for the things that annoy them most. Do you do any of the things on this list? 1. Personal grooming […]

Employee Accused of Having an Affair with a Coworker

I am good friends with a male coworker, who is not my boss, but a step higher than I am. We talk at work on the days we work together about both work-related issues and non-work-related things. Naturally, it has gotten back to me that people think we are having an affair. Not surprised. Anyhow, […]

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