Blog Profile / Evil HR Lady

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Archived Since:June 7, 2008

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It’s Swiss Sunday! Permission Slips

I haven’t done a Swiss cultural post for a while, so I thought I’d do one for fun. Today, my 3rd grader is at the local swimming pool with his class. (I’m writing this on Friday, even though I’m publishing it on Sunday.) A normal thing to do, but it will probably make your American […]

Exempt Employees with Same Titles and Different Rules

Hello, I am a salaried employee at a hospital. Despite the fact that there is no official start time for us (3 total), 2 full-time, 1 part-time, the full-time employees work 4 days and the part-time works 3. I am being told that I am late at least once a week. Respectfully, office operating hours […]

Making Job Candidates Compete Works for Reality TV, but Not for Reality

So, I used to watch reality tv. (Don’t anymore, in fact, I don’t even own a television anymore.) I watched several seasons of the Apprentice and was equally horrified and fascinated. But, while a competition makes for great television, it’s not the right way to hire. A reader asked me a question about a job […]

Posting Absences

I’m hoping you can help me with something. I’ve been in HR for a long time but have never come across a situation like our owners are currently doing. They have two calendars out in the open (one for office staff and one for our laborers). Anyone from vendors, customers, etc. can see it. They […]

How to Manage Those Women Folks

So, Jason Shen, a BigWig at Etsy, wrote this article about managing women. Now, to be fair, “he means well, but he don’t know.” In his attempt to point out that we shouldn’t discriminate against women, he pretty much invokes every negative stereotype out there. In response, I’ve penned some advice on how to manage […]

Want to Work From Home? Here Are Tips from 5 Top Companies

Have you ever wondered what giants like Intel and Google do about telecommuting? Yahoo killed telecommuting and now look at them–sad and sold. Not even the facts will convince me that the banning of telecommuting was 100 percent responsible for this. (Just joking, people! I’m sure it contributed to the problem, but it wasn’t the […]

Happy 10th Birthday!

Today, Evil HR Lady is 10 Years Old! Can you believe it? I can’t. A 10 year birthday deserves a present, and since I lack all manners, I’m asking for a present. Pick from the following list: Follow me on Facebook Network with me on LinkedIn Follow me on Twitter Share your favorite post on […]

You MUST Choose a STEM Major. Except, Wait These Leaders Didn’t.

If you are getting ready to go off to college, or you are sending a child off to college, you might be concerned about a major. Majors are important, of course. I mean, I majored in political science and look where it got me. I asked some small business owners what they majored in and […]

Want Your Website Not to Be Terrible? Here Are 10 Simple Ideas

Okay, this is not my normal topic, but I’m a heavy internet user and there are some things that drive me absolutely  nuts. Like popups that are too big for my phone screen so I can’t dismiss them and can never get to the website. Seriously, web designers? Who thinks this is a good idea? […]

100 Employees, 1 HR Manager Who Is Straight Out of School

What would you do if you just graduated from college and got a great job doing HR at a startup? Cheer, right? What if the company size doubled, and they fired the HR consultant and now it’s you? Alone. With 100 employees, and continuing to grow rapidly? ReWork has started an advice column with me! […]

HR Giant Randstad Purchases Monster. What Does That Mean?

When a consulting firm purchases a big job board, what does that mean? Monster was at it’s heyday in 2000 with a stock price of $91 a share, and was sold for a little more than $3 per share. There are tons of problems with the internet recruiting. Maybe they can fix some of the […]

Could Waiting Tables Be Better for Your Career Than an Internship?

The most important thing we do is school and internships, right? So many parents tell their kids to focus on school while mom and dad pay the bills. But, what about a restaurant job? Does that have value, or is it just a way to pay the rent? HotSchedules CEO Anthony Lye thinks that a restaurant […]

Bullying or Harassment or Am I Missing Something?

I was brought to your site by fate, and have finally decided you are probably the best person to give me advise with my current situation. I don’t do so well with ambiguity so your straight forward demeanor is exactly why I am finally writing this email. In a nutshell, I believe my supervisor intimidates […]

Lazy? Is it Because You Like to Learn? Science Says Yes!

Okay, new study comes out that says people who need to learn a lot tend to be less active than people who are currently happy with the state of their brains. Okay, it doesn’t actually say that and there are some problems with the study, but overall it makes sense–if you are more focused on […]

Have Downtime at Your Restaurant? Here’s How to Use It Wisely

The restaurant business can be super unpredictable. Sure, you can do models to predict how many people you’ll have each night, but sometimes it just goes wrong and there is not enough for everyone to do. Before you start sending people home, you need to think through the consequences of that–Plus, you’ll want to get […]

A New Illegal Interview Question: How Much Did You Earn In Your Last Job?

Massachusetts just passed a new law that, among other things, prohibits companies from asking how much you earned in previous jobs. That’s right–those salary history questions in MA will be illegal starting in January 2018. While I generally dislike regulations placed on businesses, I can’t say I’m too worked up about this one. Basing current […]

Want a Job Interview That Doesn’t Stink?

Job interviewing is generally awful. Not only is it stressful, but many companies treat employees like they should be thanking their lucky stars that they even got an interview–and therefore, candidates shouldn’t expect to be treated like an actual human. But, not all companies are evil interviewers. Glassdoor put together a list of the top […]

Sexually Harassed at Work? Donald Trump Has Advice. Not Joking Here.

Sexual harassment is a real problem–it happens far too often. So, what should you do if you are harassed at work? Sue? Quit? Keep working and suffering? People make all these choices and there are good reasons for all of them. But, when asked, the Donald suggested that if his daughter, Ivanka were harassed she […]

Megyn Kelly, Dress Codes, and Fun Comments

My article last week about Megan Kelly’s spaghetti strap dress kind of went viral. And when something goes viral, the comments keep coming. Some were highly amusing, but others brought up some good points about the debate over dress codes in general. Are they sexist? If so, against men or women? Do we care what […]

I Think I’m A Clone Now

When you hire people, you want people who are just like you–right? Someone with whom you could be best friends? Lots of people hire this way, but it’s not the right way to hire. While culture is important, what’s more important is that you find people who aren’t like you–people who have different knowledge, skills, […]

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