Blog Profile / Evil HR Lady

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Archived Since:June 7, 2008

Blog Post Archive

I Think My Boss is Stealing From Me

I am a new hire at a Fortune 100 tech company. It’s a sales position, and this is my first job out of college. Just days into the job I landed my first sale — a big one for a $250,000 software contract. I am about to close my second sale, this one for a […]

Should I Repay $20,000 in Relo for a Career Opportunity?

I am currently underemployed by my current company. When I started out in their training program I was told I would have the opportunity to work in a variety of different departments. I loved this training program and was very happy, using my knowledge and skill from my degree. After finishing, however, the only open […]

12 Factors Other Than Ability That Impact Your Success at Work

The hardest and smartest work should get the promotion and the praise, right? But it doesn’t always work out that way. Every wondered why ability isn’t always king? Baseball Coach Jon Loomer identified 12 Factors Other Than Ability That Impact Playing Time for his teams. The principles transfer easily to the business world, so with […]

Americans Are Overworked, but Still Surprisingly Happy on the Job

Are you overworked, yet happy at work? If so, you’re not alone. Staples Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, released a new survey today that shows that Americans are both overworked and happy. Confused? Fifty-three percent of Americans feel overwhelmed at work, but 86 percent are still happy and motivated. Why are those numbers not […]

How to Ask for a Vacation When You’re New to a Job

It’s summer time, which means your thoughts turn to vacation. If you’re new at a job, what are the rules about asking to take vacation time? In a lot of jobs, you earn vacation time, which means that you can’t take a few days off until you’ve worked long enough to have earned time off. But some jobs […]

Why It’s Time To Change Your Company’s Dress Code

My employer (hospital ER) seems to have an outdated dress code. ER staff are expected to cover all their tattoos with long sleeves, and to maintain their hair in “conventional” colors. This hospital is located in a large, liberal city. It’s also in the ‘hood, if you know what I mean, and tattoos or blue […]

8 Tips for Success as a Team Leader

You’re a team leader! Congratulations on your leadership role. But, what exactly does a team leader do? It’s not quite a manager role – most team leaders don’t have hire/fire power over their team members – but it’s not the same as being a regular individual contributor. While every company and every department will vary, here […]

How to Manage Your Career Like Taylor Swift

Apple said, “We’re going to give away music for free! And we’re not paying any of the artists!” Taylor Swift responded, “Well, you’re not giving away mine!” And Apple? It immediately caved. (These are not direct quotes, by the way.) Would that we all had the power of Taylor Swift. Wouldn’t it be nice to say “no, you […]

10 Reasons You Should Absolutely Not Work This Weekend

The weekend is the time you can catch up on work, right? Clients aren’t calling, so you can just put your head down and get something actually accomplished, right? Okay, so you’ll go to your kid’s soccer game, but since nothing is more boring than 6-year-olds bumbling around the field, you’ll catch up on your […]

Every Single Person Finds Me Difficult to Work With

A few months ago, I had the misfortune of losing my boss and the girl who worked with me. We are a three person department and we were an amazing team.  Eventually, I got a new Boss and a new partner, but the partner they gave me has a hard time retaining the knowledge. She […]

HR Horror Stories: What’s the Absolute Worst Thing You Could Do on the Job?

Here it is! The long awaited article from your stories. It was tough to pick the best stories, but go and read! You’ll note this a new site for me, so click through to let them know you appreciate my content. HR Horror Stories: What’s the Absolute Worst Thing You Could Do on the Job?

My Boss Questioned Me About Personal Texts

I work at a pharmacy. Every day at shift end we’re not allowed to leave the building until the manager on duty searches our bags. I typically have my purse and a lunch bag. I don’t like that that the manager can go through my purse. I’m an employee in good standing who’s never stolen, […]

The Two Most Important Days of Your Employees’ Lives

You want the best company with a great culture and strong, hardworking employees. You know that means you need to get your new employees on board, understanding the company mission, and making a meaningful contribution, so the first day on the job is obviously an important day in your new employees’ lives. But, Adam Ochstein, […]

Someday My Raise Will Come — Won’t It?

About five months ago, my supervisor assigned to me major new responsibilities at work, including managing four people and one aspect of our budget. When I asked to discuss my compensation in light of the added workload, he said it could only be addressed as part of my annual review. Now, I’ve learned my compensation […]

Are You Actively Interviewing?

I have been following your blog/subscribed to your emails for quite some time now and I love it! Thank you so much for all your work! So much helpful information and I love your point of view on many things HR. I have a question that has been on my mind for a while and […]

Keep God in Your Heart–and Off Your LinkedIn Profile

Why do I cringe when I see “Child of God-Follower of Jesus!” in a LinkedIn profile? I’m a very religious person and quite open about being a Mormon. Religion is a huge part of my life and of the lives of many of my friends. So, why does this bug me? It’s certainly not because […]

HR Diaries: What’s the Worst Thing You Could Do on the Job?

It’s crowd sourcing time again! What’s the worst thing you’ve seen done at work–by an employee? Either write this as a comment or send me an email at Please remember this is a PG blog, so keep the language clean the descriptions appropriate.

What HR Jargon Do You Need to Know?

When I graduated with a Master’s Degree in Political Science, there weren’t many jobs available for someone who was trained in judicial politics. Okay, there were no jobs in judicial politics in the town where I lived. So, I decided I needed to do something different than policy analysis, but what? I loved teaching and […]

4 Tips about Dealing with Problems When There Is No HR

Not every company has an HR department–or even an HR person. While I think you should definitely have a dedicated, knowledgeable HR person on board before you hit 50 employees, not everyone agrees with me. If you find yourself at a company that doesn’t have HR, here’s what you can do. 4 Tips about Dealing […]

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