July 2012

Should work for the family biz be on you resume?

by Evil HR Lady on July 31, 2012

Dear Evil HR Lady,
Is it all right to include my job as an assistant manager for our family business on my resume? My friends are telling me not to. Do recruiters look down on people who worked for family businesses?

To read the answer click here: Should work for the family biz be on your resume?

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Survey sheds new light on male bosses and trust

by Evil HR Lady on July 26, 2012

Male bosses are more likely to believe that you’re actually working when they can’t see you, survey says.

To read more click here: Survey sheds new light on male bosses and trust

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Bad credit, criminal record? Time to apply for jobs!

by Evil HR Lady on July 23, 2012

Businesses aren’t doing background checks as frequently as they used to, according to a new SHRM survey.

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Why men get bigger pay hikes than women do

by Evil HR Lady on July 22, 2012

A new study in the journal Organization Science finds that when managers have to explain their pay-raise decisions to employees, they give more money to men than they do to women — even if the workers’ performance is equal.

to read click here: Why men get bigger pay hikes than women do

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Women hit hardest in the mancession’s mancovery

by Evil HR Lady on July 18, 2012

The Los Angeles Times is fretting over men leading the economic recovery. The paper reports:

Even as women have moved up the economic ladder and outpaced men in earnings growth over the last decade, they are lagging behind in a crucial area — getting new jobs.

Translation: Even though women are doing better in the workforce then men are, there’s this one small area that men are doing better than women and therefore we must point out how unfair this is to women.

Cry me a river.

To read further click here: Women hit hardest in the mancession’s mancovery.

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Why companies must stop office bullying

by Evil HR Lady on July 18, 2012

Everyone knows that employees who are bullied at work are more likely to quit. But a new study from the University of British Columbia shows that it’s not only the victim who is likely to bail — the person’s coworkers are also likely to leave their jobs:

To read further click here: Why companies must stop office bullying

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A sure way never to get hired

by Evil HR Lady on July 18, 2012

Dear Evil HR Lady,

 

 

I’ve applied for countless positions, for about a full year now, with one organization. In early spring, I received a call back from a recruiter who was very rude. She kept looking for reasons for why I would not have the time for the job or fit the position.

I made the rookie mistake of leaving her a couple of messages about the application. She then turned me down for the job. I was crushed. Since then I’ve been turned down for every job I’ve applied for. The recruiter turns down my application repeatedly. I met a man who offered to put in a good word and take my resume straight to a hiring manager, and even that didn’t work.

 

I’ve basically made a powerful enemy, although I want nothing more than a job. What can I do to repair this problem? I know the job market is tough out there and that there are more qualified people. I’d like to work at this company, but I’m not holding my breath anymore. I’d assume at some point it would look bad on a company if they turned a qualified person down an obscene amount of times?

To read the answer click here: A sure way never to get hired

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Why HR is blocking your promotion

by Evil HR Lady on July 18, 2012

Dear Evil HR Lady,

I joined a large company two years ago, fresh out of school. I am learning a lot and enjoying my work. Because I’m a fresh college grad, my job “band” is one below that of all my fellow teammates, which makes sense given everyone else has at least 10 years of experience. Over the past year, I’ve busted my tail, and in April my boss let me know that she was putting me on the list for a band promotion — same job, but I’ll be more on par with my teammates both in title and compensation. It’s now July and we just had our mid-year review. I got a pretty solid review, which will be submitted next week. Should I have heard something by now regarding this promotion? 

My boss has told me she has been following up with our HR manager regularly, but HR is refusing to commit just yet. Are they waiting for the review to be formally submitted before they bump me up? Do I need to do anything else other than follow up with my boss every now and then? Also, I know our company has a policy of waiting at least two years before a promotion can happen, but I’ve cleared that hurdle. Thanks, love your articles and perspectives in the corporate world!

To read the answer, click here: Why HR is blocking your promotion

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Are flexible schedules a blessing or a curse?

by Evil HR Lady on July 9, 2012

In the modern workplace, “flexibility” is often a euphemism for working round the clock.

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When an employee throws a temper tantrum

by Evil HR Lady on July 5, 2012

Dear Evil HR Lady,
I supervise a group of creatives for an internet business. I have a new addition to the team who is pretty young and 1.5 years into a career. The past month since this employee joined, the rest of the team has had to endure bursts of screams and yelling at the screen from said employee. The team members are getting very irritated and can’t handle the “fits of rage” that seem to be an almost daily occurrence. Neither do they enjoy the lack of team play and critical nature of ideas that bounce around the office, and neither can I. The “fits” seem to come from a lack of technical skills, because that is when they actually start.

I have tried to talk to the employee and ask that they quiet down and control themselves to no avail. What ways are available to win the employee over to play for the team and help them learn to calm down and think instead of burst into rage?

To read the answer click here: When an employee throws a temper tantrum

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