June 2012

Survey: The grim realities of your working hours

by Evil HR Lady on June 29, 2012

In today’s mobile world, you don’t need to be at the office to be working

To read about the latest survey click here: The grim realities of your working hours

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Should you tell a job candidate about her body odor?

by Evil HR Lady on June 27, 2012

Dear Evil HR Lady,
We have an applicant with strong body odor. By looking at her application I believe she is qualified but seriously I would not want to even be in the room with her when she interviews. Can we tell them or are we opening up a can of worms?

To read the answer, click here: Should you tell a job candidate about her body odor?

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How to stop a coworker from ruining your reputation

by Evil HR Lady on June 25, 2012

Dear Evil HR Lady

I was recently moved to a new position at my company. I am unable to interact directly with my boss daily as he travels a great deal. I usually work with one of his other direct reports. She is new to the company. I have 6 yrs with the company. My HR file is empty of negative feedback.

She recently told another co worker that I have issues.

My first thought was I wonder what issues I have, or more bluntly put – what issues does she have with me?

People tell me I am very easy to work with – they have for the past 25 years. I have a huge work ethic. I get my work done and on time. Always have, always will.

The last thing I need or want is for people to say or think that I am not productive and hard to deal with. How do I approach this woman to determine what her issue is with me?

To read the answer click here: How to stop a coworker from ruining your reputation

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How to Get a Job: Secrets of a Hiring Manager

by Evil HR Lady on June 25, 2012

Do you need a job? You do? Alison Greene at Ask a Manager is running a special on her book,   How to Get a Job: Secrets of a Hiring Manager. Put in this discount code and you’ll get a massive 40% discount:  summer2012

Seriously, if you need a job, you should get this ebook.

And Alison didn’t even ask me to post this ad, I just saw it and knew I had to share.

Also, buy a copy for your brother-in-law that is currently sleeping on your couch.

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Can I just clean out my desk and disappear?

by Evil HR Lady on June 22, 2012

Dear Evil HR Lady,

I have tendered my resignation. The issue is that the notice period required by the company is one month. I would like to leave earlier, but I’m afraid the company will not let me do so. Should i just clear out my desk and leave? I already got a job offer and am ready to move on. I do not think I will use my current employer as a reference. Please advise.

To read the answer click here: Can I just clean out my desk and disappear?

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5 Signs you’re a lousy boss

by Evil HR Lady on June 20, 2012

Bad managers are easy to spot — unless it’s you

To find out the signs, click here: 5 signs you’re a lousy boss

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Why my child will be your child’s boss

by Evil HR Lady on June 18, 2012

Saws. The kind you buy at the hardware store to cut wood. That’s what the play-group teacher dumped on the ground for 3- and 4-year-old kids to play with. Knowing that doing this, in the U.S. would result in the teacher being, at minimum, fired and most likely charged with child endangerment, I had visions of emergency room trips and severed limbs dancing through my mind.

But this happened not in the U.S. but in Switzerland, where they believe children are capable of handling saws at age 3 and where kindergarten teachers counsel parents to let their 4- and 5-year-olds walk to school alone. “Children have pride when they can walk by themselves,” the head of the Münchenstein, Switzerland, Kindergartens said last week at a parents meeting, reminding those in attendance that after the first few weeks of school children should be walking with friends, not mom.

To keep reading click here: Why my child will be your child’s boss

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Help! I’ve been accused of sexual harassment

by Evil HR Lady on June 15, 2012

Dear Evil HR Lady

I am a new manager (3 months), and one of my supervisors recently notified me of an issue she is having with her co-worker. I explained that I was aware of the issue and was addressing it. (The issue with her coworker did not directly affect her or her workload.)

Three days later, she came to me again with the same issue — this time with a tone of voice as if I had not addressed the issue. I explained to her that I did know about the issue but that it would be inappropriate for me to discuss my conversation with this other supervisor and that I was handling the issue. She then told me that she has something else to address with me. She said that I make her feel uncomfortable because I look at her inappropriately. I told her that I was sorry that she felt this way and that If I had done this it was unintentional. My first instinct was to report this to HR, as I felt that I was being threatened with an accusation that was untrue because she did not like being counseled on her persistence in resolving an issue with her coworker.

I am questioning this choice because I fear that this situation could turn on me and could cause me problems or to lose my job.

 

To read the answer click here: Help! I’ve been accused of sexual harassment

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Can my boss delay a promised raise?

by Evil HR Lady on June 15, 2012

Dear Evil HR Lady,

I’m a 24-year-old female, and I work in clothing retail, (I’ve worked in retail since I was 16). I’ve been at [a large chain store] for 4 years. My question is this: Every 6 months the company “grants’” us an evaluation of our work/ethic(s) for a raise in hourly wage. However, the evaluation date(s) should be the date I started (July 1st) and 6 months from that.

These two dates should be my current dates for evaluation yearly, but they are not and have not been since my second year working. When I questioned my store manager… about why my evaluations no longer seemed to match my evaluation dates, I was informed that it takes up to three months for the HR department to implement my raise.

And when my new rate becomes effective, the evaluation date starts over from the date HR puts my raise through. So for example, let’s say I get a raise in July, it won’t be processed till late September or early-ish October, and my evaluation date will be moved to match the date my new scale begins. I don’t think this is right. Shouldn’t I get back pay? Is this legal?

To read the answer click here: Can my boss delay a promised raise?

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Are office romances okay?

by Evil HR Lady on June 11, 2012

Dear Evil HR Lady,

I am currently working in a contract position that is due to end in the not too distant future and will begin looking for a new job in two to three weeks. I have done a casual search of the jobs that I am qualified for now that I have more experience. One of the companies that is advertising several positions is the same company that my boyfriend (let’s call him Alex) works for. Alex and I would likely end up working on the same floor. His team supports the back end of the data systems I may end up using, so we would likely have at least some contact on the job.

What do you think is the best way to go about applying to these jobs? Alex can’t give a professional recommendation, as we haven’t worked together. I feel that him forwarding my name to the hiring manager may seem like a boyfriend trying to get his girlfriend a job, without really considering the best interests of the company. I could also see the company worrying that he and I will break up and cause drama in the office. That could push the company to disregard my application and hire someone without that potential baggage. I have also considered applying without using this insider advantage, but that doesn’t seem to solve any problems, as I feel this information should be disclosed quickly.

What can I do to assure the company that Alex and I will maintain a professional relationship while working together and that we are both mature enough to maintain that professional relationship in the case of a breakup?

To read the answer click here: Are office romances okay?

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