Suzanne Lucas spent 10 years in corporate human resources, where she hired, fired, managed the numbers and double-checked with the lawyers. Read more at www.evilhrlady.org. On Twitter @RealEvilHRLady.
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Dilemma of the Month: Can I Fire an Intern?
What do you do when an intern isn’t working out? Well, with an employee, you’d probably put them on a performance improvement plan and tell them to shape up or ship out. But should you be so harsh with the intern? The answer: Yes, with caution.
Dilemma of the Month: How Do I Get People to Do Their HR Tasks?
People often neglect the HR aspects of their jobs, even failing to take these tasks seriously. From one HR pro to another, Evil HR Lady tells how to rally employees and coax leadership onboard — and when to let it go.
Dilemma of the Month: How Can I Move Up in My Company?
A newcomer inquires how to get ahead and advance in their field. Evil HR Lady offers advice for how to become valuable to coworkers and bosses, and how to identify a mentor.
Dilemma of the Month: What Are Managers Supposed to Do, Anyway?
People get promoted to management roles because they are good at doing the work, but managing the work is nothing like doing the work, Evil HR Lady says. Here are three things new managers should know.
Dilemma of the Month: Why Do My Employees Feel Picked On?
A manager who follows the adage ”praise in public, punish in private” is finding that employees are starting to feel singled out for their bad behavior. Evil HR Lady offers some advice on how and when to dole out feedback.
Dilemma of the Month: How Can I Help an Employee With Anxiety and PTSD?
When an employee has a PTSD episode in the break room, an employer wonders if and how to offer help. Evil HR Lady advises how to verify a disability and reviews issues of accommodation and confidentiality.
Dilemma of the Month: How Can I Change a Company’s Racist Culture?
As a human resources professional, you can’t eradicate people’s racist thoughts. But, Evil HR Lady asserts, you can change the company culture so people know that they cannot get away with harassment.
Dilemma of the Month: Is the Customer Really Always Right?
The customer is not always right — and is sometimes profoundly wrong. Evil HR Lady presents the moral and legal obligations employers have to their employees if a customer harasses them.
Dilemma of the Month: How Do You Document Harassment Without Getting Yourself in Hot Water?
HR people often advise victims of harassment to “just document everything!” without explaining how to go about it. Here’s a quick guide to what you need to do when you’re documenting harassment.
Dilemma of the Month: What should I do with an employee who won’t stop complaining?
A manager frustrated with an employee who frequently complains wonders if the problem lies with their management style, the team or the employee. Evil HR Lady offers perspective and potential solutions.
Dilemma of the Month: How Can I Share Managing Duties With a Manager Who’s Totally Different?
When a hybrid schedule creates an odd split with two people managing the entire staff half the time, one manager wonders how to deal with the difference in styles.
Dilemma of the Month: I Fire Bad Employees. Why Do I Have to Pay for Their Unemployment Benefits?
For an employer tired of paying for the unemployment benefits of “bad employees” they let go, Evil HR Lady prescribes getting to the root of the termination problem.
Dilemma of the Month: Do I Need to Pay Employees When the Power Goes Out?
When remote workers encounter power outages, can employers require verification? What’s a fair amount of time for employees to be on standby?
Dilemma of the Month: My Employee Is Lunching With a Player. Should I Warn Her?
An employer seeks answers about the ethics and boundaries of commenting on an employee’s personal life.
Our Employees Can’t Work From Home. How Do We Make Their Lives More Flexible?
An employer seeks out ways to offer staff members flexibility when working from home isn’t an option.
Dilemma of the Month: How Can I Attract Entry-Level Candidates Without Raising Pay?
An employer struggles with how to attract entry-level applicants without being able to increase their wages.
Dilemma of the Month: Why Are My Bosses Siding With a Toxic Employee?
A department head feels undermined by a direct report. What’s the
next step: discipline, take responsibility or simply move on?
Dilemma of the Month: Can I Make My Remote Workers Come Back?
Yes, employers can ask employees to come back to the office or
face termination — but should they?
Dilemma of the Month: How Can I Get Managers to Help More?
Managers should be involved in writing job descriptions, hiring
employees and evaluating performance — shouldn’t
Dilemma of the Month: My Employees Want More Money. I Have None.
When people talk about greedy CEOs, they forget the CEOs who
are desperately trying to keep businesses afloat and paying
people more than they themselves take home.
Dilemma of the Month: Should I Suspend a Manager Accused of Bullying?
Well-intentioned policies can backfire unless they
are flexible and look at the whole situation.
Dilemma of the Month: My Company Stopped Giving Bonuses, but My Coworker Got One
Did bonuses really go away, or did the company
change the criteria or change the bonuses to be entirely
Dilemma of the Month: How Can I Get My Employees to Take Sick Leave and Paid Time Off?
Employers have paid time off for a reason. How can they encourage
employees to use it?
Dilemma of the Month: Can I Still Be Friends With My New Supervisor?
An employee gets promoted to become the supervisor of a close
friend. Can they maintain their friendship?
Dilemma of the Month: How Do I Deal With a Trash-Talking Employee?
Employees complain about bosses all the time. What happens when
the boss overhears?
Dilemma of the Month: Should You Draw the Line With Employees’ Individuality?
“Authentic self” doesn’t necessarily mean behaving at work the
way one does at home.
Evil HR Lady on Comstock’s Talks: Should a New Hire Be Allowed to Take a Trip?
PODCAST: Take a trip with the Evil HR Lady as she answers a question about a new hire who wants to go on vacation.
Dilemma of the Month: Should a New Hire Be Allowed to Take a Trip?
A new hire says he’s taking a trip that he scheduled before
applying for the job. What are his employer’s options?
Evil HR Lady on Comstock’s Talks: Were You Passed Over for a Promotion?
PODCAST: Didn’t land a promotion you think you deserved? Here’s what you can and should do.
Dilemma of the Month: Were You Passed Over for a Promotion?
Didn’t land a promotion you think you deserved? Here’s what you
can and should do.
Evil HR Lady on Comstock’s Talks: Switching Careers Doesn’t Mean Starting Over
PODCAST: Is it ever too late to change careers?
Dilemma of the Month: Switching Careers Doesn’t Mean Starting Over
Just because you are new to a field, don’t think you need to
start at the bottom.
Evil HR Lady on Comstock’s Talks: Be Fair When Considering Outside Candidates
PODCAST: How can employers solicit outside candidates for open positions without offending employees?
Evil HR Lady on Comstock’s Talks: New Systems Require Proper Training and Patience
PODCAST: How can employers help ease the transition into new software and systems?
Dilemma of the Month: Be Fair When Considering Outside Candidates
Hiring new people with new ideas and varied experience is always
a good idea. It’s also good to think about what the current staff
thinks and make sure they are happy.
Evil HR Lady on Comstock’s Talks: Easy Ways to Thank Employees in a Hard Year
PODCAST: How can employers offer year-end rewards to employees when there isn’t much cash to spare?
Dilemma of the Month: New Systems Require Proper Training and Patience
It’s not just about learning new functions and how to run reports
in the new system, it’s about change. Here are the areas of
concern and how to fix them.
Dilemma of the Month: Easy Ways to Thank Employees in a Hard Year
There are many ways to show employees how much you care about
them, even if you can’t shower them with gifts and bonuses.
Evil HR Lady on Comstock’s Talks: Why Attendance Policies Are So Important
PODCAST: How can employers design an attendance policy that works for both themselves and their workers?
Evil HR Lady on Comstock’s Talks: Why Startups Need HR Help Before They Launch
PODCAST: Do small businesses with just a few employees need an HR professional, or are there other options?
Dilemma of the Month: Why Attendance Policies Are So Important
It’s within an employer’s rights to set an absentee policy
that makes sense for the business. Here’s what that
could look like.
Dilemma of the Month: How to Approach and Improve Diversity Hiring
How can employers improve the diversity of their hires without
violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964?
Evil HR Lady on Comstock’s Talks: Why Onboarding Is Critical for New Hires
PODCAST: How can a small-business owner give new hires the guidance they need to come onboard — without breaking the bank?
Dilemma of the Month: How You Can Help Your Workers Return
How can employers respond to employees’ concerns as they return
to the office or opt not to do so?
Evil HR Lady on Comstock’s Talks: How Working Remotely Can Be Effective for Your Company
PODCAST: Employers are considering making the temporary measures for people to work from home caused by the coronavirus lockdown more formal. What are their obligations to their employees?
Evil HR Lady on Comstock’s Talks: Why Is a New Employee Looking to Transfer?
PODCAST: A bored new employee quits instead of applying to an open position within the company because of a policy that prohibits job changes within one year. Is this a wise policy?
Evil HR Lady on Comstock’s Talks: Are Perks and Benefits Negotiable With Salary?
PODCAST: An employer asks whether perks such as vacation time and telecommuting privileges can be negotiated with a job candidate.
Evil HR Lady on Comstock’s Talks: Using a Coworker’s Salary as Leverage
PODCAST: I just found out a coworker is making more than I am, even though I have been here longer. How can I bring this up to my manager without giving away how I found out?
Dilemma of the Month: Why Startups Need HR Help Before They Launch
It’s always easier to start with a good, solid HR plan than to
throw one together the first time you have an issue.
Dilemma of the Month: How Working Remotely Can Be Effective for Your Company
Employers are considering making the temporary measures for
people to work from home caused by the coronavirus lockdown more
formal. What are their obligations to their employees?