Dear Evil HR Lady,
I work for a state supported college. I have worked there for 23 years. I have been passed up for promotion to the top IT job at the school 3 times in the last 9 years. Each time the top job comes available, the President elects NOT to advertise the position internally or externally and just appoints who he wants to have the job.
Each time, the position is filled with one of his cronies or someone with little to no experience or formal education or training in the IT field. I am an African America male with 30 years of experience in IT. My position is 3rd from the top IT position. I often feel that I am not afforded an equal opportunity to compete for the top job because of this hiring practice.
Also, I calculated that I have missed out on approximately $150,000 of income had I gotten the job 10 years ago. Is this discrimination? Also, is this a charge that the EEOC will consider?
Is My Boss Racist, or Just Being a Good Manager?
In the past few weeks I’ve gotten a lot of emails from people who claim to be “overqualified.” To quote that philosophical genius, Inigo Montoya, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”
Why You Are Not Overqualified
Dear Evil HR Lady,
I often find myself in scenarios where my co-workers ask the team to contribute money for a common cause. It might be the birthday cake fund (”The team has hired 5 new people and we need to buy a bigger cake, so we need an extra five dollars.”) When a co-worker gets married, the team wants to purchase them a gift card. And the like.
Now, I often don’t mind contributing to these kinds of things – five bucks here, ten dollars here, and it’s all good. But I hate the emails I get asking for money. I don’t like that someone keeps a mental spreadsheet of who contributes and who doesn’t. And harder still is when I am tasked with passing around the hat – is there even a tactful non-obligatory anonymous way to collect money without making people feel pressure?
I suggested that, in one instance, I would just purchase the gift card on behalf of the team. But no, they clamored, the gift is from *all of us*, not from *you*, which means I might not collect enough for a meaningful gift and forces me to beg for money from everyone else.
How might I suggest that our team proceed for the next money-collection? Should I just purchase the gift (which I am willing to do on my own means) and pretend like everybody contributed equally?
These initiatives are not coming from management, so there is no foul play there. How should workplace community pots of money be handled?
The Party Fund Problem–Collecting Money in the Workplace
The Supreme Court gave the victory to Walmart today. The reason Walmart prevailed had a lot to do with their policies–or lack thereof. This is good news for all of us.
Why the Walmart Ruling is Good For Everyone
In our culture, it’s not polite to discuss salaries. But what would happen if salary information was publicly available?
What If You Knew Everyone’s Salary?
What is your most ridiculous title? Or, what title have you had that absolutely did not reflect your actual work?
I’ve written a whole article on Does Your Title Matter, but I really, really, really want to know what lousy titles you’ve had.
In fact, I’ll bribe you with chocolate. I have 3, 100 Gram Swiss Chocolate bars. I will send them to the three best submissions. I will send them anywhere the Swiss postal service allows me to send them, although I make no guarantees that they won’t be melted. Melted Swiss chocolate still tastes good.
Contest ends on Friday, June 24. And, by making your comment, you are also agreeing that I can use your comment in a future article.
Dear Evil HR Lady,
I am a sales manager and my area happens to be booming lately, requiring extensive travel; planes, trains, and automobiles. I am exempt of course. I make my own schedules and go when needed and stay as long as is necessary to get the job done. I am away from home often and normally at least 2 to 3 nights at a time. I all of a sudden have not much of a life at home.
My boss will not let me take any time off unless I use vacation. He won’t let me leave an hour early if I need to go somewhere. If I get in at 9:00 p.m. from a 3 day trip, I am expected to be in the office the next day. I think we are treated like hourly employees, but expected to put in as many hours to do our jobs as necessary. Shouldn’t it go both ways? I have been a salaried employee for 25 years and have never had such rigid requirements and have to ask everything little thing. In addition our boss make judgement calls. It’s totally up to his mood and if he thinks it is “important”. I puts us in a position of never knowing what end is up and being treated like children when we have high levels of responsibility.
What are the rules on all this? Are you really at the whim of a jerk boss?
Can Your Boss Micro-Manage You To Death?
HR departments are often maligned as glorified paper pushers, but a good human resource manager is an invaluable resource, advising you on your people, management techniques, hiring and developing programs that will help you succeed.
What–you say your HR manager isn’t doing that? Then it may be the time to show him, or her, the door.
Here are 9 red flags that your HR manager is doing a terrible job. Ignore them at your own risk.
First up: He Never Says, “We Need to Ask the Lawyers.”
Why can women not call a truce on the mommy wars? We all make choices, and we need to learn to accept the consequences of those choices.
Bayer Sexual Discrimination: Stop the Mommy Wars
Dear Evil HR Lady,
Would it be beneficial to go personally and hand in my resume to nearby companies rather than submit it online?
Should You Apply Online or In Person?