I ran 3.1 miles today without stopping or walking. My high school gym teacher would be utterly shocked. Why? Because my senior year of high school, the gym teacher decided that we all needed to be able to run 1.5 miles in 15 minutes. She took us out to the track and told us to run 6 laps.

I couldn’t do it. I ended up walking for some of the distance, as did several girls in the class. One week later, she sent us to the track again and said, “Run!” She, of course, sat on the bleacher steps, surrounded by the girls who had successfully completed the task the week before. They talked about movies. This continued — the once a week run — for about 2 months, with a group of us never accomplishing the task at hand.

To keep reading, click here: Pick a mentor who can teach you the how, not just the what

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Happy Independence Day

by Evil HR Lady on July 4, 2014

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Does better collaboration equal better results?

by Evil HR Lady on July 2, 2014

Brainstorming is frequently one of the first steps of a group project. We gather in a conference room and someone writes ideas on a white board and through collaboration we come up with a great idea, which we then execute.

And the better the collaboration the better the end project, right? Well maybe not. Researchers conducted an experiment where teams were brought together for 30-minute brainstorming sessions, with a project to be completed at the end.

Some teams were provided with chairs and others were not. The researchers found that the “standers” had much better collaboration, Research Digest reports:

To keep reading, click here: Does better collaboration equal better results?

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If you’re a non-profit, then it’s usually no problem to have unpaid interns. But, if you’re out to make a buck or two, unpaid interns can end up costing you a boatload of money, time, and stress. Labor and Employment Law attorney at Pepper HamiltonSusan Lessack, explained what really happens when a current or former intern hires a lawyer and makes a claim that they were illegally unpaid.

To keep reading, click here: The Nightmare That Awaits If You Do Not Pay Your Interns

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“I stereotype. It’s faster.” So said George Clooney’s character in Up in the Air, and so do all of us.

I just heard a collective gasp from my readers. “Oh, I don’t do stereotypes. I consider each person as an individual!” Liar. We can’t possibly get through life without stereotyping, which is actually just making assumptions based on our past experiences. Clooney’s character used stereotyping to his advantage to get through airport security lines faster. You do it when you’re hiring (as well as picking your airport security line).

Yep. You make judgments not based not on in-depth interviews with each person who applies for a job, but by looking at a resume and judging, from your past experiences with other people who are similar. How do I  know this? Well, for one, it’s easier to get hired when you have a job than when you don’t have a job because many recruiters and hiring managers alike assume that all unemployed people must have done something wrong to be in that state. That? A stereotype.

To keep reading, click here: Your Religion Shouldn’t Be On Your Resume (Unless You’re Jewish)

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How to keep your college grad from boomeranging

by Evil HR Lady on June 26, 2014

You probably know someone like this, who went off to college and instead of going out into the wide world after graduation, ended up back with the parents. It’s a sad reality for many people who thought that a college degree would be their ticket to the top.

And for parents, who looked forward to their empty-nest years, it can be a strain to not only have your “kids” back in the house, but now as adults over whom you hold no legal authority and may struggle to get to follow family rules. This can be especially difficult in terms of curfews, overnight guests and who does the laundry.

So, what can you do to ensure that your new high school grad doesn’t come boomeranging back to you in four years? Here are some helpful hints.

To keep reading, click here: How to keep your college grad from bommeranging

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You’re the boss. It’s your business, so you can do what you want, right? Well, technically, yes, as long as it’s not violating any laws. But just because you can do something, it doesn’t mean you should do something. Here are 5 things you need to stop doing, even though they are legal.

1. Conducting the background check after bringing someone on board. This seems to be more and more popular. Don’t bother about that pesky paperwork; just get someone started. After all, time is money, right? In the past week, I’ve received two emails from people who accepted new jobs, started those new jobs, and then got fired within the week because they didn’t pass the reference check. Talk about wasting time and money. You do have to pay those people for working, so no money saved.

To keep reading, click here: 5 Things You Need to Stop Doing to Your Employees Right Now

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Are you walking past money trees?

by Evil HR Lady on June 23, 2014

If there was money hanging off a tree, you’d be sure to stop and grab it, right? After all, free money is awesome. However, researchers found that when they hung dollar bills off a low hanging tree branch, most people didn’t appear to even see it. Except, they did “see” it, because the researchers chose a branch that hung so low over the sidewalk that people had to move out of the way to avoid running into it. Only 12 out of 396 people bumped into the tree, which means the others were aware of branch.

But, they didn’t see the money. If we can miss money that is literally hanging in front of our eyes, what else are we missing?

To keep reading, click here: Are you walking past money trees?

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Spam Apologies

by Evil HR Lady on June 23, 2014

My spam filter is not working at the moment, so my blog has been overrun with people just dying to know what platform I’m using because my blog loads so much faster than their’s does! Sigh.

I’ve just added a second spam filter so hopefully the spam inundation will stop. However, I had to go through and clean out about a billion (<–exaggeration) spam comments. If I accidentally deleted your real comment, it’s not that I don’t love you (I do!) it’s just that I made a mistake.

Please accept my sincere apologies and don’t put it in my permanent record.

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When Hard Rock Cafe wanted to open a new restaurant in Florence, Italy, they had no existing restaurants to draw staff from, which means they were hiring from scratch. Everyone from manager to busboys had to be sourced, interviewed, hired, and trained. Plus, Hard Rock Cafe wanted to make sure they had customers as soon as they opened. Oh, and they needed everyone hired in 30 days. The task sounds pretty impossible.

It’s hard enough when you’re hiring just one or two people, and the 30-day deadline is difficult to reach even then. But, they did it, using Work4, a social media based hiring system.

Work4 CEO and founder Stéphane Le Viet developed a system that takes advantage of a company’s already established network. Here’s how it works:

to keep reading, click here: Hard Rock Cafe Hired 12 People in 30 Days Using Facebook (And You Can Too)

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