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Blog Profile / Evil HR Lady

Filed Under:Career & Jobs / Career Advice
Posts on Regator:1049
Posts / Week:3.2
Archived Since:June 7, 2008

Blog Post Archive

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 […]

LinkedIn’s employees’ paychecks were wrong. Is yours?

LinkedIn just agreed to pay almost $6 million in unpaid overtime and damages, in a settlement after an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor. So, if a big company with over 5,000 employees and a human resources department can make a mistake on so many paychecks, is your paycheck correct? Here are some things to […]

Look! I’m a cartoon!

I’ve been writing for Comstock Magazine for a while, but now they made a cartoon version of me! I’m so honored. Does this count towards some goal achievement or can I put this on my resume? (Answer: no. This does not belong on a resume. See I’m useful at solving my own problems too!)

Problems with Authority

I work at a small, privately owned company of 15 people. I am third in the chain of command. Our CEO/owner is near retirement and at this point in his career is really only acting as a figurehead. My direct boss has just put in his notice, and now I am in the odd position […]

5 Myths About Networking

If you’re an introvert (like I am), you probably shake in your boots when someone says, “To find a new job, you should be networking.” Networking has this reputation of cold-calling people and demanding jobs, but it’s not like that at all. Here are 5 myths about networking and how you (even the introverts!) can […]

Bad Boss of the Week: Gossip in the Office

When you being your start up, you often do so with friends. These are people you have known for years, and so your relationship can begin to seem casual. And, because, in casual friendships, gossip happens, it can invade the workplace. Here’s a letter from someone on the receiving end of the gossip: About 2-3 times […]

How to Stop Workplace Violence From Hitting Your Business

Anthony DeFrances shot ArrowStream CEO, Steven LaVoie, before turning the gun on himself. DeFrances had been recently demoted, along with many other employees. (Thankfully LaVoie was not killed, although he’s still in critical condition.) As much as we’d like to believe that our companies are safe, that our co-workers are fine, and that no one we know’s […]

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