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Blog Profile / Evil HR Lady

Filed Under:Career & Jobs / Career Advice
Posts on Regator:1063
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Archived Since:June 7, 2008

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What if you’re being pressured to resign?

Sometimes a boss wants to fire an employees, but for some reason he’s not straight-out honest. Instead of saying, “I’m terminating your employment. Today is your last day. Here’s your paperwork, and you will receive your last paycheck in one week,” the boss says, “You have to sign this letter of resignation.” Take, Stephanie (who didn’t […]

Why ‘Wage Theft’ Should Scare You

“Wage theft” has a really scary sound to it. It sounds like some sleazy scheme concocted in smokey back rooms, or perhaps, street thugs hanging out in dark alleys, and stealing paychecks at gun point. What it really is, is underpaying people. For instance, not payingovertime when it’s legally owed. As a business owner, you should cringe when […]

Brace Yourself For Gen Z

Right now they are teenagers, and probably buying some of your stuff (if you’re an App maker), but soon they’ll be knocking on your door for internships and jobs. Are you prepared? Randstad Corporation, in conjunction with Millennial Branding, released a new study today on the differences between Generation Y (ages 21 to 32) and Generation Z (ages 16 to 20). […]

Being the Boss Means You Can Do What You Want (But That’s Not Always Advisable)

One of the reasons entrepreneurs start their own businesses is that they are tired of being told what to do. The flip side though, is that once you hire your first employer, you become responsible for your employees. There are a lot of things you can do that you should not do. For instance, you should not have […]

10 tips for when your co-worker is on vacation

Even though summer is just about over, vacation season isn’t. Often, your childless co-workers wait until now to go on vacation because many schools are in session, which means crowds and costs are down, but the weather is still great. However, while your co-worker lounges on the beach, you’re stuck in the office. It’s all […]

The virtues of a part-time job

When you ask married mothers what their ideal work situation is, 47 percent say they want to work part-time, according to the Pew Research Center. But working part-time — whether you’re married, single and everything in between — can end up being well short of ideal if you get the wrong job. Companies that hire scores […]

5 Good Reasons You Don’t Understand Your Employees

Every year, Beloit College publishes “The Mindset List.” This is designed to remind professors that the life experiences of the incoming class are far different from the professors’ life experiences. It’s also a good reminder for employers. The new grads will see things differently than the experienced workers will. It’s not just because of lack of experience, but […]

Your Managers Are Preventing Employee Happiness

It’s not just about big paychecks and exciting projects. It’s about flexibility. All employees say they want it, but many bosses can’t handle the implementation. A recent study published in the American Sociological Review clearly showed...Show More Summary

Bad Boss of the Week: The One Thing You Should Never Tell Candidates in a Job Interview

You’ll do whatever it takes to get talent on board, so what do you do when your dream candidate asks for details about how you plan to approach some challenge? One job candidate asked and the answer was, “We’re a startup and we’ll figure it out as we go along.” This may well be your […]

Best way to boomerang back to an old job

What do LeBron James and Steve Jobs have in common? They both returned to companies they had worked for previously. (And yes, a sports team is a company and it is job.) Steve Jobs did so with great success. How LeBron James does remains to be seen. Many of us have jobs that we left for one reason or […]

10 ways school is different than the working world

Today is the first day of school in my town, or as parents like to call it, “The most wonderful day of the year!” As I sent my cute little first-grader into the big school for the first time, I hope that his teachers work to prepare him not just to do schoolwork but for […]

Showdown With Showtime: Never Ask Professionals to Work for Free

Startups have tight budgets, so often want to get the best deals for everything. The best deal is not free. Dan Cassaro does awesome design work. So awesome that Showtime (yes, the premium television network which earned an estimated $692 Million in 2011) asked him if he wanted to participate in a contest to create a piece of art that […]

Make Sexual Harassment at Your Office Stop

When everyone laughs at a dirty joke, you probably don’t think anything of it. After all, every television show you’ve ever seen shows the office as the correct place for sexually charged humor. But your office isn’t The Office and someone who habitually tells dirty jokes can create what is called a “hostile environment.” Even if everyone is […]

The hidden business benefits of fantasy football

Football! The real kind, with shoulder pads and helmets and touchdowns. Americans love it. We watch and we cheer and cry over our favorite team’s ups and downs. And we fantasize over it — big time. In the countless fantasy football leagues that have sprung in recent years, players act as team managers who get […]

So many job openings, but so hard to get hired

The Labor Department just released statistics that show that job openings in June are at a 13-year high. But while hiring is also up, it’s not nearly at the levels that the job openings are. For job-hunters, the disconnect can be frustrating and painful. What’s going on, and how can you get around this? Not all […]

Evil HR Lady Enters the 21st Century

I now have an EHRL Facebook Page! Although I’d like to say it’s going to be dramatic and cutting edge and blah, blah, blah, it’s mostly going to be links to the stuff I write. But that is dramatic and cutting edge, right? Anyway, go like the page and the posts will show up in […]

10 ways to boost your earning power

The Federal Reserve Bank released a survey recently that showed one-fourth of U.S. families are just getting by. If you’re in one of these families, you know how difficult it can be. The “how to save money” articles don’t seem to help much, as they give great ideas like, “Make your own coffee and stop buying […]

Bad Boss of the Week: Punished for Puking

In many businesses, physical attendance is critical. If you’re a manufacturing facility, the line can’t run without the employees. If your creative team is working together to come up with a new product, the team needs to be on time so the work can begin. In order to achieve this, many companies have strict time […]

10 ways you are undermining your career

Do you keep getting treated poorly by bosses? Passed over for promotions? Sometimes it is just bad luck, but sometimes you are doing things that can negatively affect your career. Here are 10 of them. 1. Treating your boss just like a friend. Are you sending your boss texts, friending her on Facebook, following her on […]

Robin Williams and the Dark Side of Genius

We all grew up with Robin Williams. For me, it began with Mork& Mindy in the late 1970s and early 1980s and continued with the angsty teen drama, The Dead Poets Society, and then back to laughing with Aladdin and I’m looking forward to watching the upcomingNight at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb with my children. Unfortunately, Williams’brilliant career came to […]

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