Blog Profile / Evil HR Lady

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Is the Human Resources Department a Joke?

I got this lovely comment on an article about how to treat your employees better: The human resources department is an absolute joke. Do you realize, that if it weren’t for all the people that you trash talk about, you wouldn’t have a job??? If this were a perfect society, there would be no need […]

TBT: Past Transgressions

This post originally appeared in May, 2009. You can read that and the awesome comments here. I have come across some information at work and I don’t know what I should do about it. Please help! I work in a sales environment. I have been there for over one year now and I love all […]

‘Fifty Shades’ at the Water Cooler

Hot and steamy is generally a topic left for the shower, and not for discussion in the office. Generally, most companies don’t have too big of a problem with this, but with the new Fifty Shades of Grey set to come out just in time for Valentine’s Day, you might have to worry about it. […]

10 Ways to Show Your Employees You Love Them

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, love is in the air. And what better way to make your employees happy and productive than to declare your love for them? Notthat kind of love–that’s creepy–but, rather, the platonic love that makes your employees feel cared for and appreciated–that’s your goal for this week. Here are some […]

Besting the Digital System

“I am an entry-level employee who just graduated from a big-name university, which I thought would be helpful when it came time to job hunt. But I am finding that most of the companies I am applying to rely on automated application systems and even impersonal Skype interviews, making it nearly impossible for me to […]

I blurted out my salary. Was that a mistake?

During the initial phone interview with a recruiter for a hospital supervisor position,  I made the mistake of telling her what I currently make per hour.  I quickly realized my mistake,  and said “however,  as you know,  my current position is a non-leadership, non-managerial role. At my previous job, as supervisor at xx hospital,  I […]

7 Steps to Generating Effective Ideas Using Brainstorming

Brainstorming is a technique where ideas for a specific problem or situation are brought up freely, with the idea that nothing should be rejected until all of the ideas are presented. While normally brainstorming is done in groups, an individual can certainly hold a brain storm session on their own, by writing down their own […]

TBT: You Didn’t Ask Me, but You Should Have

This was originally published in December 2006, here. Also, I haven’t been to Dr. Laura’s website in years and years and years. Is she still a thing? Another confession–I regularly read the letters posted at Dr. Laura’s website. They are sometimes interesting, but usually amusing. Today I wanted to bang my head on my desk […]

8 Top Ways to Retain Your Great Employees

Employee retention refers to a company’s ability to keep employees from voluntarily leaving the company. Companies usually calculate retention as a percentage (number of voluntary terminations divided by the total number of employees). For example, you have 1,000 employees, and 100 leave within the year, you have a 90% retention rate. This is the opposite […]

Should Employers Allow Pets at Work?

We are a privately owned company. Our owner brings her dog to work with her every day. The dog roams the office and lays in the hallway, etc. We have a new employee who has been here about one month. She knew about the dog when we hired her. Well, last week, she went to […]

I ratted out my boss. Am I in trouble?

I work as a part time floral clerk at a grocery Store. I have only been working here 3 month. My boss whom I hardly see anymore, NEVER trims the cut flowers in our whole dept. It is only the 2 of us in the dept., so I know it is her. It bugged me for […]

The job was posted externally, does that mean I haven’t got it?

I work as clerical Officer in the health Industry have been for 30 years I am 54 years old. I have been working for this hospital since 2008 as a clerical officer. Previous to this I held similar roles also clerical coordinator position for four years. Recently a position as team leader has been posted […]

Secret’s Safe With Me — Or is It? Workplace Privacy in the Internet Age

Human Resource professionals believe in privacy. We don’t share salaries or performance ratings (unless it’s part of our company policy to do so). When someone comes to complain about a perceived injustice, we conduct our investigations with the utmost care. When we coach a manager on how to handle a difficult employee, we do so […]

The 10 Most Annoying Things in Your Office

While it’s true that our co-workers, bosses, clients, and vendors can sometimes drive us up the wall, they aren’t alone in their frustration-inducing powers. Thethings in an office can also raise blood pressure and drive us to the vending machine. Expert Market surveyed 1,000 employees in the U.K. and came up with the top 10 […]

TBT: Telecommuting Bosses

This post was originally published March 2009 here. I’m interested in your thoughts on management by telecommuters. I worked for 10 years for a large non-profit organization in DC. About 2 or 3 years ago, they began to allow more people to telecommute. My much younger, green director worked from home 2 or 3 days […]

How Did An Average Joe Get an Award Winning Podcast? He Stole It

Joe Saul-Sehy, who gave financial advice as Average Joe Money, wanted to host a great financial podcast, so he listened around and found the best of the best. After reading Austin Kleon’s Steal Like an Artist, he decided to steal his way to success. Kleon advises taking great ideas and spinning them into your own […]

5 Tips to Improve Your Relationship with Your Micromanaging Boss

Ideally, your boss would give you general guidance when you needed it, answer questions when you have them, and give you a nice year end bonus. But, unfortunately, that’s not how many managers operate. Sometimes you can end up with a micromanaging boss who is constantly looking over your shoulder, driving you nuts. Most micromanaging bosses […]

Do evil HR people ever get busted?

Hi! Love your blog. On the heels of being figuratively kicked down the stairs by another great employer and potential supervisor via another truly evil HR lady, do they EVER get in trouble for the way they treat recruits? This one was so bad it’s practically a cartoon. She was wearing a see through shirt […]

20 Ways to Cheer Up an Office on Blue Monday

Winter is depressing in general, but a lot of people think the most depressing day is the third Monday of January–so much that it’s been called “Blue Monday.” While the scientific evidence that this particular day is more depressing than others is slim, we could all use some cheering up at the office. Here are […]

What is a “family friendly” workplace?

I have a small CPA office with only 3 employees and 6 during tax time. One staff also a CPA is a Mom with husband and 3 kids ages 4 – 10 and now 4 kids as she took in an exchange student age 12 for more money. I have given her what she wants […]

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