September 2010

Should You Have to Cover Those Tattoos For a Job?

by Evil HR Lady on September 29, 2010

A British woman was told to put a bag over her head, due to her piercings and tattoos, before applying for a job. Is your appearance really that important?

Should You Have to Cover Those Tattoos For a Job?

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Is It HR’s Job to Protect Employees…or VPs?

by Evil HR Lady on September 28, 2010

Just why didn’t HR step in a fix a problem manager? The answer lies in priorities and responsibilities. You may be surprised as to where HR’s priorities really lie.

Is It HR’s Job to Protect Employees…or VPs?

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How Do I Compare Two Job Offers?

by Evil HR Lady on September 27, 2010

When you’re looking at two different job offers (or even trying to decide if you should leave your current job for a new one), salary is only one thing. Here are 10 things to help you decide.

How Do I Compare Two Job Offers?

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How to Escape the Family Business

by Evil HR Lady on September 22, 2010

Joining a family business is like getting a tattoo. It certainly seems like a good idea at the time, but it’s awfully difficult to get rid of. Here are some ways to make a graceful exit.

How to Escape the Family Business

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My Best Hate E-mail yet

by Evil HR Lady on September 21, 2010

One of the problems of having a presence on the web with an easily accessible e-mail address is that you sometimes get creepy or weird e-mails. I’m not talking about all the Nigerian Princesses who need help getting their $10,000,000 or something. I’m talking about men who send me their opinion about my picture (umm, thanks?), and other such things.

Well, I got this fabulous e-mail that I thought I would share with y’all. I presume it was in response to this article, Swearing at Work, although the writer did not provide a link or the title in the e-mail.

It had a “few” naughty words in it that I’ve helpfully change to “squid lips” so as to maintain the G rated feeling of this blog.

First off you are flat out wrong. You don’t swear, that’s great. However, you do not see me passing judgment on your intelligence now do you? Do you see me going; “Oh such a clean mouth I bet she high maintenance or stuck-up.”

I swear all the squid lips time and guess what; many people consider me intelligent. Are you seriously going to attempt to tell me that I don’t have a rich vocabulary because I use words like “squid lips”, “squid lips”, “squid lips”? How about you fix your lack of understanding; I don’t give a squid lip which words I use no matter how rich my vocabulary is. It’s really that simple.

You need to educate yourself; your puritan belief system is nothing but non-sense.

Isn’t that an awesome e-mail? I think the squid lips adds to it. And for the record, yes I think you’ve got problems. Anyone who doesn’t “give a squid lip” when picking their words is going to end up looking silly. Sure, lots of intelligent people swear. A lot of intelligent people also do a bunch of other things that aren’t that bright.

Go ahead and swear all you want, just don’t expect me to be impressed or cowed into changing my opinion.

(Oh, and by the way, comments with bad words in them will be deleted. I only have the option to delete or keep, not edit, so if my e-mail writer comes to defend himself/herself please feel free to use squid lips instead of whatever word you don’t think about, since word choice isn’t important to you.)

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I Built a Network–Now How Do I Use It?

by Evil HR Lady on September 21, 2010

I’m looking to make a career move and am thinking about contacting the HR representative from an internship position I once held. She now works for another company, and it’s a place I’d like to work. What is the etiquette for contacting her? When I began the internship, we quickly found out that we had lived in the same dorm in college, and we’re now “Facebook friends.” But the fact is, we haven’t spoken since my internship ended.

What is the appropriate way to contact someone that previously hired you?

I Built a Network–Now How Do I Use It?

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My Boss Picks on Me

by Evil HR Lady on September 17, 2010

I am considered to be an exempt employee for a small company (family owned) with less than 25 employees. I have been working for them for over 10 years now. The original hours worked and paid time off has changed several times over the years but nothing was ever put in writing such as a employee handbook.

The owner wants to deduct for 1/2 day for vacation time for doctors appointment when I left at 2 pm! 1/2 day would be 12 noon not 2 pm. Besides, the time was made up by working late and not taking lunch (I kept personal track of it). He doesn’t treat other employees the same way, which is not right especially since I am the highest paid employee in the company and also bring in the biggest revenues.

My Boss Picks on Me

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6 Ways to Give Feedback to Your Boss and Coworkers

by Evil HR Lady on September 15, 2010

Dear Evil HR Lady,

I recently started a new job at an amazing company. It’s a really open culture and it feels as if my opinion counts more here than it has before.

My boss often asks for my feedback on how things are going. I have a ton of ideas that I think would be really helpful to my boss and our team. If I share too much feedback privately will my ideas simply make him or colleagues look good and keep me in the shadows? Will sharing too much feedback hold me back?

6 Ways to Give Feedback to Your Boss and Coworkers

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Are Company Sponsored Fitness Programs Good or Bad?

by Evil HR Lady on September 13, 2010

A recent company initiative has me feeling a little uneasy. HR introduced a wellness program at the beginning of the year, administered by a third-party company, that gets you discounts on health insurance premiums. That’s cool. But then there have been challenges throughout the year that are administered by people in the office and are starting to seem potentially unhealthy. The latest challenge is lose 10 pounds in 10 weeks. Aside from the fact that the people running this aren’t health care professionals, is it legal to offer your employees money to lose weight? Also, some recent ways to motivate yourself to exercise that were posted on the intranet were rubbing me the wrong way, like posting about weight loss on a blog, read fitness magazines, and take pictures of yourself. Some of the advice is triggering for people with eating disorders. Is it just me, or is this all weird?
Are Company Sponsored Fitness Programs Good or Bad?

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Should I Stay or Go? 5 Ways to Improve Your Current Job

by Evil HR Lady on September 10, 2010

So, here are the 5 way. If you want to read the details, you’ll have to go read Should I Stay or Go? 5 Ways to Improve Your Current Job

1. Tell your boss you want a promotion.
2. Pretend you’ve changed jobs every two years.
3. Think sideways, not upward.
4. Make your own opportunities.
5. Ask for more money.

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