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, you could give yourself a career boost (not to mention have a great time while doing it). How? Ditch the morning radio, your Spotify playlist, or scrolling through email and start using your commute to learn something new.

Join the Podcast Craze

Podcasts are the mature version of talk radio. Instead of being obsessively focused on politics or pop culture, like most radio or talk shows, podcasts cover everything. You can search for something related to your field specifically, but here are some ideas to get you started.

To keep reading, click here: 3 Creative Ways to Boost Your Career During Your Commute

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Would you like it if your current or former employees left Glassdoor reviews with the following headlines:

  1. “Deceptive, Unethical, Poorly Managed, No Sense of Direction”
  2. “You will HATE working here–Please read all the reviews”
  3. “Working Here is Psychological Torture”
  4. “New Admittees Beware!”
  5. “For the love of God, do NOT work here”

I’m guessing you wouldn’t. If you were smart, you’d bust your buns to rectify whatever was causing the discontent in the company. But, you wouldn’t be lawyer Philip Layfield.

Above the Law has uncovered a subpoena asking Glassdoor to release the identities of the people who left these and others reviews of law firm Layfield & Barrett. Clearly Philip Layfield has never heard of the Streisand Effect–“the phenomenon whereby an attempt to hide, remove, or censor a piece of information has the unintended consequence of publicizing the information more widely, usually facilitated by the Internet.”

To keep reading, click here: The Worst Possible Response to a Bad Glassdoor Review

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What Working Dads Can’t Live Without

by Evil HR Lady on May 26, 2016

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). These are things to make day to day easier.

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5 Things You Do that Drive Your Boss Crazy

by Evil HR Lady on May 25, 2016

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 thing—let’s face it, we all don’t click with everyone—but sometimes it’s because you’re doing one of these things that drive bosses up the wall. Here are five things that, if you’re doing them, you need to stop.

Think You Know Better Than the Boss

You might. It’s possible that you’re smarter than the boss. (And, in fact, good bosses should look to hire people who are smarter than they are.) But, that doesn’t mean you can just do it however you want. Sometimes, people say, “Hey, I’m exempt, so I can do it however I want!” This is not true. You need to do it how your boss wants you to do it.

T0 keep reading, click here: 5 Things You Do that Drive Your Boss Crazy

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What to Do with Your First Paycheck

by Evil HR Lady on May 23, 2016

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, but that probably won’t happen, so here’s what you should be doing.

Check the paycheck for accuracy.

You’d be surprised, but HR people and Payroll people are actually human and make mistakes from time to time. Make sure the rate you are paid is the same rate as in your offer letter. If it’s not, bring it to their attention the very same day-even if it’s for more. Why? Because if it’s for more than your offer letter says, they can require you to pay it back. If it’s for less, you’re being (accidentally) cheated. It’s very easy to fix a paycheck error on one paycheck. It’s not so easy when you don’t notice until you get your tax documents next year, or even late. Yes, people sometimes don’t notice errors for years and it’s a huge mess by then.

To keep reading, click here: What to Do with Your First Paycheck

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Your Company Needs to Stop This Right Now

by Evil HR Lady on May 20, 2016

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 escape to. We seek to find a diverse artist, so we encourage individuals from all ethnic backgrounds, genders and age groups to apply.

Artist Conor Collins wrote the perfect response of all time.

I am looking for a company worth 150,000,000 to feed all my artist friends in Manchester. Gain particular experience in the grocery industry making our community of underpaid artists (or in your case…completely unpaid!) be able to have a cooked meal. We seek a rich company, so considering your CEO’s earn on average 990,000 more than what the average UK artist you seem perfect to apply”

To keep reading, click here: Your Company Needs to Stop This Right Now

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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 phones or computers or whatever, and it makes your employees’ lives easier. You can also use a BYOD policy for computers and several companies do.

However, I’m going to warn you against this. Here’s why.

What About Your Data?

You’re not running some cool espionage company, you just make widgets or whatever, so you may not think your data is all that important. But it is. Your sales data, manufacturing data, and info about your cool marketing plans for 2017.

To keep reading, click here: Is a Bring Your Own Device Policy a Good Cost Saver or a Legal Nightmare?

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The Surprising Source of Most of Your Problems

by Evil HR Lady on May 18, 2016

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 is you.

Sorry, but there’s a good chance if you made some changes, some of these external problems would just melt away.

How do you know when it’s you? After all, some things are truly out of your control. Think about when you approach your friends with a problem. Does it go something like this:

You: I have a problem with X.

 Friend 1: Try A!

You: I can’t because …

Friend 2: Try B!

To keep reading, click here: The Surprising Source of Most of Your Problems

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“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 probably an answer to that. (Therapist: Interesting, tell me more. Doctor: Interesting, have you tried this pill?) If you’re an HR person, though, an employee’s opinions on her sex life are about the last thing you want to hear.

What’s the most inappropriate thing an employee (coworkers, bosses included–you don’t have to be HR to play our game) has ever told you?

 

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Why Smart People Are Stupid

by Evil HR Lady on May 16, 2016

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 she said that, three women asked if the amount of homework could be increased.

Think about that for a moment–the principal just admitted that homework was worthless, yet these presumably intelligent adults wanted more homework for their first graders.

Education isn’t the only field where smart people act in dumb ways. Take HR, for instance. The New York Post just ran an article titled “The corporate ‘cure’ for sexual harassment only feeds the disease.” Based on research out of Stanford, this article points out that sexual harassment training may make for more sexual harassment.

To keep reading, click here: Why Smart People Are Stupid

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