Bad Boss of the Week: Punished for Puking

by Evil HR Lady on August 18, 2014

In many businesses, physical attendance is critical. If you’re a manufacturing facility, the line can’t run without the employees. If your creative team is working together to come up with a new product, the team needs to be on time so the work can begin. In order to achieve this, many companies have strict time and attendance policies.

One manager, who (it should be noted) did not create the policy, describes the problem created when your strict time and attendance polices are horrible.

The attendance policy at my job states that if an employee is at least one minute late up to an hour, then they receive half an occurrence or point, and if they are an hour late or more then they receive a full point. They also receive a full point if they leave early and do not complete at least four hours of work. This leads up to termination, at eight points. I have an employee who has managed to get himself up to six points. One of those points came from us sending him home for vomiting from being sick with the flu. I know we are allowed by law to send him home, but he is protesting that we are not allowed to send him home early for being sick when he is willing to work and to give him a point at the same time.

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10 ways you are undermining your career

by Evil HR Lady on August 13, 2014

Do you keep getting treated poorly by bosses? Passed over for promotions? Sometimes it is just bad luck, but sometimes you are doing things that can negatively affect your career. Here are 10 of them.

1. Treating your boss just like a friend. Are you sending your boss texts, friending her on Facebook, following her on Vine, and tweeting at her? Your boss may even laugh at your funny stories and such, but it lowers the chances of her thinking of you in a professional light — even if you don’t do anything inappropriate.

To read the remaining tips, click here: 10 ways you are undermining your career


Robin Williams and the Dark Side of Genius

by Evil HR Lady on August 12, 2014

We all grew up with Robin Williams. For me, it began with Mork& Mindy in the late 1970s and early 1980s and continued with the angsty teen drama, The Dead Poets Society, and then back to laughing with Aladdin and I’m looking forward to watching the upcomingNight at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb with my children. Unfortunately, Williams’brilliant career came to an abrupt end last night when he died, in an apparent suicide.

If you Google Robin Williams genius, you get over 8 million hits, because that is what he was. A genius. So are many Entrepreneurs. Additionally, geniuses want geniuses working for them, and so the start up community is filled with people with ideas exploding out of their minds. It’s a fantastic bunch of people to work with, but like Williams’ comedic genius, there can be a side to it that is anything but funny.

People have long thought that there is a correlation between intelligence and mental illness, and especially between creativity and mental illness.Nancy Andreasen, MD, PhD, studied writersfrom the prestigious Iowa Writers’ Workshop. This is one of the top, if not the top, writing program in America, producing 17 Pulitzer Prize winners and 6 US Poet Laurets. She said:

To keep reading, click here: Robin Williams and the Dark Side of Genius


LinkedIn just agreed to pay almost $6 million in unpaid overtime and damages, in a settlement after an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor.

So, if a big company with over 5,000 employees and a human resources department can make a mistake on so many paychecks, is your paycheck correct? Here are some things to look for.

To keep reading, click here: LinkedIn’s employees’ paychecks were wrong. is yours?


Look! I’m a cartoon!

by Evil HR Lady on August 11, 2014

Image of Problems with Authority

I’ve been writing for Comstock Magazine for a while, but now they made a cartoon version of me! I’m so honored. Does this count towards some goal achievement or can I put this on my resume?

(Answer: no. This does not belong on a resume. See I’m useful at solving my own problems too!)


Problems with Authority

by Evil HR Lady on August 11, 2014

I work at a small, privately owned company of 15 people. I am third in the chain of command. Our CEO/owner is near retirement and at this point in his career is really only acting as a figurehead. My direct boss has just put in his notice, and now I am in the odd position of having to hire myself a new boss, since I, not the CEO, will be the one training this person. The CEO has already made it clear that I am not ready for the promotion. I’m fine with that, but how do I make sure that the boss is the right fit?

To read the answer, click here: Problems with Authority


5 Myths About Networking

by Evil HR Lady on August 8, 2014

If you’re an introvert (like I am), you probably shake in your boots when someone says, “To find a new job, you should be networking.” Networking has this reputation of cold-calling people and demanding jobs, but it’s not like that at all. Here are 5 myths about networking and how you (even the introverts!) can successfully do it.

1. Networking involves cold calling people you don’t know. This is actually the anti-networking. Networking is all about making connections. You start with the people you do know and they can introduce you to people they know. The key is in the introduction and building your circle of people. Don’t just start calling people up and asking for favors. It doesn’t go over well.

To keep reading, click here: 5 Myths About Networking


Bad Boss of the Week: Gossip in the Office

by Evil HR Lady on August 8, 2014

When you being your start up, you often do so with friends. These are people you have known for years, and so your relationship can begin to seem casual. And, because, in casual friendships, gossip happens, it can invade the workplace. Here’s a letter from someone on the receiving end of the gossip:

About 2-3 times a week, my boss will pull me into his office for very intense conversations about other coworkers. Sometimes my boss will speak horribly about the coworker, and then try to rope me in (“What do you think, Trollina? Do you think X is incompetent/hysterical?” ). Sometimes he’ll rehash past dramas/gossip, and talk about how glad he is are that Y is gone. I have no choice but to remain neutral in the moment, shrugging or saying “I don’t know” when he tries to corral me into talking bad about someone.


To read the answer on how the boss should change, click here: Bad Boss of the Week: Gossip in the Office

Let me know if this kind of response is better!


Anthony DeFrances shot ArrowStream CEO, Steven LaVoie, before turning the gun on himself. DeFrances had been recently demoted, along with many other employees. (Thankfully LaVoie was not killed, although he’s still in critical condition.)

As much as we’d like to believe that our companies are safe, that our co-workers are fine, and that no one we know’s ex-partner will come to your office seeking revenge, it happens. I’m not advocating living in utter paranoia. Workplace murders are not common. You’re far more likely to be killed in a car accident than in a workplace violence incident. Nevertheless, your company needs to be prepared, because it can happen.

Security expert, Gavin de Becker’s book, The Gift of Fear, is a must read for everyone. Business owners should read it today if they haven’t already. De Becker tells you what you should be looking for. The idea that no one could have foreseen, he says, is false. There are always signs, he says. Here are some of his thoughts from this book.

To keep reading, click here: How to Stop Workplace Violence From Hitting Your Business


Time to Fire These Recruiters and Hiring Managers

by Evil HR Lady on August 6, 2014

Your recruiting staff is the gate keeper to your company. If you can’t get past the recruiters you can’t get a job with the company. Many small business don’t have dedicated recruiters, but you still have recruiting staff. Who screens resumes? Who does phone interviews? Who advises managers on candidates? Those people are your recruiting staff, regardless of their job titles and other responsibilities.

Some of them are fabulous and some of them are not. Some need to be fired. And, some of the ones that need to be fired are proudly proclaiming their horrible ideas on the internet. In this Yahoo article, “The 10 Things You Do That Turn the Interviewer Off,” there are a number of things mentioned that turn interviewers off. Fair enough. We all have our pet peeves. But we do not make hiring decisions over minor things.

If your recruiters (which often means hiring managers) are rejecting candidates because of these things, go ahead and reject your recruiters.

To keep reading, click here: Time to Fire These Recruiters and Hiring Managers