February 2013

Want Happier Employees? Feed Them

by Evil HR Lady on February 27, 2013

You can do a lot of really complicated and/or expensive things to boost morale… or you can just buy your employees lunch. Really.

Seamless, a company which, admittedly, specializes in making it possible for your company to order lunch, has a new survey out that demonstrates that the way to an employee’s heart is through the stomach.

To keep reading click here: Want Happier Employees? Feed Them

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Does telecommuting hurt your career?

by Evil HR Lady on February 27, 2013

In the now famous Yahoo memo announcing that by June, all Yahoo employees must work in the office, the company’s HR head Jackie Reses proclaims several things: They have many “fun” new initiatives, people feel “energy and buzz” when they work in the office, and some of the “best” work is done when you run into someone in the hallway. Therefore, no more telecommuting. Period.

Most companies don’t have this strict of a policy, and some, like Virgin, encourage people to work wherever they work best, whether that be from home or from the office.

To keep reading click here: Does telecommuting hurt your career?

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The secret to easy networking

by Evil HR Lady on February 27, 2013

There are two types of networking. The first is simply building relationships with people in your field, your neighbors and your dentist. This type of networking is what helps you find the “hidden jobs” that are often filled before they are advertised. This also helps you fill vacancies in your company. You should never, ever, not even for a day, stop doing this. Build relationships! Help people out! Don’t burn bridges.

But the other type of networking is the type where you desperately need a new job. And you look around and you say, “I have talked and talked and talked until I’m blue in the face and my fingers are sore from sending emails and I can’t find a job.” Many of you have experienced this. (Or are experiencing it now.) Enter a new company: CareerSonar.

To keep reading click here: The secret to easy networking

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Help! I didn’t negotiate my job offer

by Evil HR Lady on February 26, 2013

Dear Evil HR Lady,

I have my Ph.D. I’ve been working at a big nonprofit hospital as a research postdoc (which is like half way between a real job and a student) for the last 20 months. Basically, I’ve been in school for the last 10 years. I’m 30 and I began my job search about 12 months ago. I was rejected by numerous places, but I’ve finally been offered that all-elusive “real job” at a big name university.

I undersold myself in the onsite interview and told them I would take 60K starting salary (the average starting salary is 85+K for a PhD in my field). When they sent me the offer letter, they bumped the salary to 65.5K, but only 1K in relocation costs. (Yes, after a year of searching and rejection after rejection, I am a broken woman with less confidence than ever….so I didn’t bother negotiating. Yes, I’m an idiot. My thinking was “beggars can’t be choosers.”) I can’t find a mover to do the move for less than 1.5K. I’ve signed the offer letter…is there anything I can do at this point? Or am I just going to have to suck it up and shell out the extra cash for the move? I know I’ll get it back when it comes to tax time….but it’s the upfront cost that’s killing me.

To keep reading, click here: Help! I didn’t negotiate my job offer.

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I was fired. Do I have to mention it on my resume?

by Evil HR Lady on February 26, 2013

Dear Evil HR Lady,

I am a fairly recent graduate school graduate seeking a higher position in the library field. At the beginning of my school career I was very eager to gain any experience and took a very low paying position at a public library shelving books that lasted only 3-4 weeks. There seemed to be a mass hiring, as I started the position with about a dozen other people. At first things went quite well, but shortly afterwards several people were singled out (including myself) for incorrectly shelved books. The dynamics changed for those of us who were performing poorly and the environment became uncomfortable. At this point in my life I had several years (of) experience working higher paying jobs, was in a career change, and determined to make this work. Unfortunately, things only got worse. I was fairly certain that I was going to get fired because the person that entered the office before me did. When I went in they started to reprimand me and I responded that I did not feel the position was a good fit for me I would not be returning, but the manager continued talking and stated that my employment would end today and she was certain that I didn’t care, etc. I was so taken aback by this experience, I have and still do consider myself an exemplary employee and had never performed at such a level that I had to be reprimanded.

Was I fired?

Since then I have secured a professional position, but when I applied for the position that I now hold I was terrified that this skeleton in my closet would surface. I admittedly left this position off my resume and application. I felt somewhat secure doing this because I only had to go through a criminal background check and didn’t have to fill out an application until I was offered the position. I recently interviewed for another position at a university and am worried that if I am offered this job that this could possibly surface in a background check. I am uncertain how to handle this situation. I don’t want a position that I held for 3-4 weeks, 3 years ago to hurt my chances of furthering my career, but I don’t want to lie and have it ruin my chances of employment. Should I say was fired? Should I go into detail and explain that I am not certain if I was fired? Should I continue to pretend like this nightmare never happened and leave it off my application? Please help me with this recurring dilemma.

To read the answer click here: I was fired. Do I have to mention it on my resume?

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Get Real: Working From Home Does Not Destroy Productivity

by Evil HR Lady on February 26, 2013

Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home. We need to be one Yahoo, and that starts with physically being together. Beginning in June, we’re asking all employees with work-from-home arrangements to work in Yahoo offices. If this impacts you, your management has already been in touch with next steps.”

Oh really? Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home? I’d like to see the statistics behind that. This is a memo from Yahoo HR Head, HR head Jackie Reses. Rest assured, though, HR doesn’t have this kind of power. This must come from the top, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer.

To keep reading, click here: Get Real: Working From Home Does Not Destroy Productivity

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College Degree Required. But Why?

by Evil HR Lady on February 25, 2013

There’s an idea that the person with a degree is “better” than a person without one. Indeed, The New York Times recently reported on the relatively new phenomenon of companies hiring people with college degrees for jobs that historically didn’t require college degrees. Are you doing this in your business?

If so, I have to ask, better for what? Yes, having a four year degree does show a degree of dedication. You have to pick a major, take class after class, write paper after paper and work on dreaded group projects. (Which, in my humble opinion, should be banished off the face of the educational earth unless the professor is willing to act as a proper manager, which most are not.) But, anyway, in theory you learn some things and you demonstrate that you have stick-to-itiveness. This is worth something.

To keep reading click here: College Degree Required. But Why?

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What to do when your internship stinks

by Evil HR Lady on February 21, 2013

Dear Evil HR Lady,

I’m a college student interning in the HR department at the corporate office of a medium-sized company with a tiny HR department. I was offered two unpaid internships and accepted this one because I was told that they would offer me real experience with hiring practices, policy writing, etc., and very little clerical work. I’m not really sure where the disconnect happened but since I started all I have done is filing. My supervisor is frequently busy and complains that she is given more work than she can handle, but she doesn’t utilize me. She frequently gives me what she thinks is a day’s worth of work, and when I complete it in half the time she says how amazing I am and lets me go early.

I’m not intending this to sound like a giant complaint. I understand the importance of something that looks good on a resume. It’s just that I’m a full-time college student with another job and these hours spent at the internship are very precious to me, and I want to make the most of them. Moreover, I worry that a future employer will see this internship on a resume and assume that I have experience beyond putting pieces of paper into different folders and stapling things. Is there something that I can say to my supervisor that won’t come out sounding ungrateful?

To read the answer click here: What to do when your internship stinks

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8 Tips for Hiring and Managing Interns

by Evil HR Lady on February 21, 2013

Your business is small. Too small to have a fancy internship program or connections with universities. You may even be located in a town far removed from a school that has a major that fits your business.

You should consider hiring a summer intern anyway. An intern can bring fresh ideas at low cost. Plus, you get the opportunity to help someone else learn how to be a great employee. Here’s how to go about it.

To keep reading click here: 8 Tips for Hiring and Managing Interns

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Should I Make a Counter Offer?

by Evil HR Lady on February 19, 2013

Dear Evil HR Lady,

My operations manager just came to me and said she has a new job offer–at a 10 percent increase in salary. I cannot afford to lose this person right now, as we’re stretched pretty thin. It will take me at least six months to find, hire, and train a new person in this job.

How do I make a counter offer that will entice her to stay?

To keep reading, click here: Should I Make a Counter Offer

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