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How Not to Burn Bridges When You Resign from Your Job

Many people stay at a job too long, and by the time they quit, they are quite ready to go. This can result in burning bridges at the old job. You don’t want to do that, at all. It doesn’t matter whether you think you’ll never need to see these people again, you still need […]

Can Anything Bad Happen When You Ask for a Raise?

Why do we get so nervous when it comes to asking for a raise? The worst thing that can happen is that your boss says no, right? And then you’re no better off than you were before asking. Except, sometimes, asking for a raise can go south and jeopardize your relationship with your boss. Here’s why […]

5 Management Lessons From Professor Snape

I was so sad to hear about Alan Rickman‘s passing. He was only 69, which is way too young. I don’t watch a lot of movies, but I’m a huge fan of Rickman’s portrayal of Professor Severus Snape in the “Harry Potter” series. To be true to the books, Snape should have been played by a […]

When No Resumes Makes For Better Hiring

What is a resume? It’s a marketing document that details your successes in your career. (Some poorly written resumes simply detail assigned tasks, but that’s a topic for another day.) It also tells the recruiter and hiring manager where you went to school and what you studied. Your name is at the top, which can […]

How to Deal When the Power and Praise Go to Horrible People

Have you ever encountered a person who had all the grace and charm of a slug? An angry, power wielding slug? Or maybe a power hungry electric eel? Either way, they exist in the workplace, and sometimes you get stuck working with them. Sometimes, they are your boss, the HR manager, or a sleazy coworker who […]

6 Steps in Putting a Work Team Together

Many times when you’re hired or promoted into a leadership role, the team is already there. You have to adapt your ideas and plans to fit the knowledge, skills and abilities of the existing team. But, sometimes, you get to create your own team. This can happen on special projects when you’re pulling people from […]

The Dark Side of Telecommuting to the Office

The perk that many, many people want? The ability to work from home-either part time or full time. In fact, so many people want this that a lot of companies have implemented telecommuting policies. For those of us who love working from home, this is fantastic. No commute. We’re home when UPS brings our packages. When […]

5 Biggest Mistakes Employees Make During Year-End Performance Reviews

If you’re like most people, you don’t look forward to the annual review. Many managers hold onto all their criticism and praise for the annual performance review, which makes employees nervous. Lots of companies tie their annual increase programs to the performance reviews, so there’s anxiety around that too. But, anyway, performance reviews are a […]

The Michael Scott Guide to Being Self-Aware At Work

When you’re the boss, you can get away with a lot because people are used to sucking up to you. You may start thinking your jokes are funnier than they are, and that all your ideas are fantastic. Michael Scott, from The Office, was the king of cluelessly saying inappropriate things. Might you also be […]

3 Ways to Set a Great Example for Employees

Being a manager means you’re in charge of a group of people and a business function. You assign tasks, you probably have financial goals and you are responsible for everything that happens. When things go wrong, the people up the chain will want to know what mistake you made and what you are going to […]

10 Easy Ways to Make Yourself Happy in 2016

Life can sometimes be tough, and January can bring that out in spades. Little things-like this morning I walked my son to school at 7:45 and it was still dark out. Talk about depressing. While I can’t convince my family that we should spend 6 months of the year in the northern hemisphere and 6 […]

Why Marissa Mayer’s Throne Could Signal the End of Company Holiday Parties

Poor Marissa Mayer seems not to be able to do anything right. The Wall Street Journalrecently reported that her senior team seems to be leaving for other opportunities. For a company that was on a turnaround plan, that’s problematic. Then investors started calling for her removal. In the midst of all this, she gave birth […]

What I Learned When I Had to Miss Star Wars

I had tickets to see Star Wars last night. I’ve had these tickets since November 9th. I’m not exactly a super fan (read: I don’t own any light sabers and my hair is too short to do the Princess Leia buns), but I do thoroughly enjoy the first three movies. (The second set? Meh.) So, […]

Why the New York Times Endorsed a $0 Minimum Wage (and You Should Too)

The minimum wage is almost always a matter of controversy. Right now, people are pushing for a $15 per hour minimum wage. Current federal law requires $7.25 per hour for non-tipped jobs, with many states having higher levels. So, why did the New York Times argue for a removal of the minimum wage altogether? Here’s […]

Why Genetic Testing and the Workplace Don’t Match

The Wall Street Journal reports that several companies are using genetic testing to help employees lose weight or learn about certain cancer markers. Sounds awesome, right? Wouldn’t you like to be prepared and take precautions if you knew that you were genetically predisposed to breast cancer? Or if you knew that you were likely develop […]

Why You Should Ignore Warren Buffet

This post brought to you by National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Evil HR Lady. Warren Buffet just said that you shouldn’t take resume building jobs, but instead should jump into things you love. His exact quote is “I think you are out of your mind if […]

Are You Treating Your Employees Worse Than Zoo Animals?

A few years ago, I visited an amusement park in Utah, and was horrified when I rode through their animal park and saw large animals in cages with no shade and cement floors. There was little to no “play” equipment for the animals and certainly nothing was like their natural habitat. Had these animals had […]

2015 Holiday Guide to Office Gift Etiquette

If you haven’t bought Holiday gifts for people at work yet, good, because there is distinct etiquette involved in how this works. Of course, if the people in your office think of Weird Al as their etiquette guru, you might want to ignore this and buy custom bobbleheads for all, but otherwise, think about these […]

Should you get timetracking software?

This post brought to you by Advance Systems. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Evil HR Lady. Do you need time tracking software? Well, in theory only for your non-exempt employees (which, if the proposed DOL rules go into effect, you may have a lot more of in 2016). But, what about your […]

What Homeland Security Wants You to Know About Workplace Violence

Even though the recent attack in San Bernadino turned out to be terrorism rather than a general disgruntled employee attack, it still prompts us to ask the question, “Is my office prepared for an attack?” Now, this doesn’t mean that you need to panic. Your chances of being injured or killed by terrorism or workplace […]

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