April 2011

So, there’s good news for the common person: It’s not about your innate intelligence, it’s about how motivated you are. Or, more likely a combination of the two.

It’s Not How Smart You Are, It’s How Motivated You Are

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Are Some Women Too Delicate for the Workplace?

by Evil HR Lady on April 27, 2011

Ladies, your employer is not responsible for making sure your commute is free from evil construction workers who whistle at you. Here are some other things they aren’t responsible for:

Are Some Women Too Delicate for the Workplace?

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How Can I Make My Employees Take Vacation?

by Evil HR Lady on April 25, 2011

Your company has a culture of “only the weak take time off.” What can you do to encourage your employees to take a vacation day now and then?

How Can I Make My Employees Take Vacation?

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What If I’m a Slow Learner

by Evil HR Lady on April 25, 2011

Everyone claims to be a fast learner. But, what if you’re not? What if you’re keenly aware that you are below average in your ability to learn new things? Here are some helps.

What If I’m a Slow Learner

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Huffington Post Law Suit: Should You Work For Free?

by Evil HR Lady on April 25, 2011

Should you work for free? Here are 7 things to consider before making that decision

Should You Work For Free?

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9 Sure-Fire Ways to Get Fired

by Evil HR Lady on April 18, 2011

Want to get yourself fired? Not laid off–as that would probably mean you were doing a fine job but the company couldn’t afford your salary. We’re talking about getting fired–with good reason. As in, you’ve made some very unwise choices. And now your employer wants you off the premises. As soon as possible.

Here are nine people who can show you how to get the boot–and possibly end up in jail. I recommend that you do not follow their examples.

First up: Texting Instead of Filling Potholes

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Your decisions are different depending on whether you’re well fed or hungry. But, which decisions are better?

Why You Should Have Food at Your Meetings (or Maybe Not)

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My Boss Would Be Happier If I Lived at the Office

by Evil HR Lady on April 15, 2011

Dear Evil HR Lady,

I just started a new job that includes a housing allowance. Just when I thought how nice they are, my boss e-mailed me with this sentence “Now you have more reason to stay late in the office, since the apartment is just within walking distance.” No one else has a housing allowance or lives as close.

How should I reply? I’m not at all happy with this line.

My Boss Would Be Happier If I Lived at the Office

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Will My Atheism Hurt My Career?

by Evil HR Lady on April 13, 2011

Dear Evil HR Lady,

I’m a graduate student at a top international relations program, currently searching for internships and soon to be searching for jobs. My problem is this: when an employer searches my full name, the first result they get is my old profile at a social networking site for atheists. I’ve taken the profile down, but have not been fully successful in removing it from Google’s search results. I’ve tried to make my LinkedIn more prominent in the searches, but it’s not showing up so far.

I’ve talked to friends and some have said that if they were an HR and saw that I’d had a presence on such a site, they’d never hire me on the assumption that I was some sort of radical. Do you think that’s true? I could go on and on about how I’m not, how I got valuable leadership experience running a campus atheist group as an undergraduate, how I carefully avoid discussion of religion in professional and personal settings, but that’s not the first thing the HR will see . . . all they’ll see is my name attached to an unpopular and misrepresented social group.

My question, then, is this: is my worry that employers will get a negative impression of me realistic? Is there a risk that this could cost me a job? More generally, how can I discuss the leadership experience I gained when there’s about a 50-50 chance the employer strongly disagrees with the work I gained it doing?

Will My Atheism Hurt My Career?

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Don’t Ban Pre-Employment Credit Checks

by Evil HR Lady on April 12, 2011

Many states are considering limiting employers’ abilities to use credit checks as part of a pre-employment screening. Is this practice invasive or practical?

Don’t Ban Pre-Employment Credit Checks

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