Blog Profile / Evil HR Lady

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Turning LinkedIn into a Social and Political Statement

I spend a good deal of time on LinkedIn, and find it a valuable site, but there are some things that bother me, like the time they wanted people to bring their mommies and daddies to the office. (Just say no!) The other thing that bothers is me is that they are constantly asking me […]

When an Employee Survey Says You Stink

I received the following email from a reader: My company recently eliminated the commission for salespeople. For some, it is a majority of their pay. Employees are dropping like flies…including recently promoted associates who are not earning what they did as salespeople. Many more are planning to leave, including some productive and conscientious people who […]

Why You Should Leave Work Early Today

According to the National Day Calendar, June 2 is Leave Work Early Day. Laying aside the ridiculous nature of this “national day,” I’m going to get behind it. Everyone go home. As soon as you read this article, go home. My work here is done. Just kidding. I don’t really care whether you go home […]

Financial Regrets and Understanding the New Overtime Rules

I had the opportunity to go onto Stacking Benjamins and talk about the new Overtime Rules. Please note that we recorded this before the DOL released their final ruling, which changes the salary to $47,476 per year. I talk about $50,440 in this podcast, but it’s $47,476. I’m at the end, but the round table […]

10 Things Every Working Dad Needs

Father’s day is this Sunday where I live (Switzerland) and coming up June 19 in the US, so it’s time to think about what our working Dads need. Remember this isn’t necessarily a present guide (although some of these work great as gifts), but a list of what working Dads think make their own lives […]

When HR and the Preacher Have the Same Thoughts

This video popped up in my Facebook feed and I love it. And it’s just like an HR manager thing (except for the Jesus thing). Stop being bad! You’re making me look bad in front of the CEO and the EEOC and the OFCCP and heck, God too. And Dan? Dan is the worst.

3 Creative Ways to Boost Your Career During Your Commute

The average American commutes 24.5 minutes to work—that’s nearly an hour a day. Some may see their commutes as a hassle, but the truth is, a commute can be a great opportunity to dedicate time to activities you normally don’t find time for at home or work. In fact, if you use these in-between moments wisely, […]

The Worst Possible Response to a Bad Glassdoor Review

Would you like it if your current or former employees left Glassdoor reviews with the following headlines: “Deceptive, Unethical, Poorly Managed, No Sense of Direction” “You will HATE working here–Please read all the reviews” “Working Here is Psychological Torture” “New Admittees Beware!” “For the love of God, do NOT work here” I’m guessing you wouldn’t. […]

What Working Dad’s Can’t Live Without

For Mother’s day, I ran a post, 10 Things Every Working Mom Needs. I’d like to do the same for Dads for Father’s day. Tell me what the working dad in your life (you or your spouse) cannot live without. Please note, this is not good ideas for Father’s day presents  (although some may be). […]

5 Things You Do that Drive Your Boss Crazy

You’re ambitious and smart, and you have plans. You know your job well, and you work hard, so why does your boss hate you? Well, maybe not hate you, but it’s clear that she likes your coworker a lot more than she likes you, even though you’re clearly the better employee. Sometimes that’s just a personality […]

What to Do with Your First Paycheck

Congratulations! You finished college and got yourself a shiny new job. Yay! All those years of hard work have paid off and you’re now employed and getting a bigger paycheck than you’ve ever had before. (We hope!). But, what to do with all that newfound money? Well, option one is to send it to me, […]

Your Company Needs to Stop This Right Now

Sainsbury’s, a company with 23.775 billion in revenue, just ran an advertisement, asking for an artist to work for free. It began: Sainsbury’s are looking for a creative and an ambitious artist to voluntarily refurbish our canteen. Gain particular experience in the creative industry whilst making our community a comfortable area for our employees to […]

Is a Bring Your Own Device Policy a Good Cost Saver or a Legal Nightmare?

Just about everyone has a smartphone, and no one wants to give it up. Adding a second work smartphone seems a bit silly. Heck, even Hillary Clinton didn’t want to carry two phones around. So, why not have a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy? It saves you money, you don’t have to buy the […]

The Surprising Source of Most of Your Problems

Do problems seem to plague you wherever you go? Are you always passed up for promotions? Have you struggled to get new jobs? Is your personal life filled with drama? Why on earth are you so plagued when other people seem to have much smoother lives? I’ll give you a hint: The common element in your problems […]

What’s the Most Inappropriate Thing an Employee Has Told You?

“You know, Suzanne, I’ve never really liked sex.” This statement came in the midst of a waterfall of information about her history. I was driving, so I just kept looking at the road and didn’t say a thing. How does one respond to that? I mean, if you’re a therapist or a doctor there’s a […]

Why Smart People Are Stupid

A few years ago, I attended a “coffee morning with the principal” at my daughter’s school. During the discussion, homework came up. The principal flat-out admitted that all the research showed that homework in the lower grades was worthless for the student, but that they assigned it because the parents wanted it. As soon as […]

  Why You Should Never Accept a Low-Ball Salary Offer

No one starts to look for a new job simply because there’s a full moon or Netflix removed your favorite show. There’s generally a stronger reason, like you can’t stand your boss, there are no promotional opportunities at your new job, or you really, really, really deserve a raise. All these things can mean that […]

Watch Your Back: How to Fire Someone Without Getting Sued

Firing is not fun. Most managers go to great lengths to avoid firing someone, and when it finally comes down to it, you have to let this person go. After all that stress, the last thing you want is to land in court. You know that the firing was legal, but that doesn’t mean a […]

I’m the 8th HR Manager in 2 Years

I am actually an HR professional (PHR & SHRM-CP), but I’m in a scenario I’ve never experienced, there’s a meeting tomorrow, and I am not sure what to do. 1. I’m currently employed through a temp agency on a 16-week contract. I’m halfway through the contract. 2. It is a family owned business. The owner […]

This Post Was Written by a Robot

Okay, not totally written by a robot, just partially. I kept getting ads on Facebook for Articoolo, and I finally gave in and clicked. (See, that Facebook marketing really works!) They claim they can create unique content in a matter of minutes. As a writer, the last thing I need is a robot stealing my […]

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