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.
I have an employee, Jeff, who is high up in his role at a very large company. He is among the top leaders of the organization. However, he is being slightly demoted due to his behavior and inability to meet the expectations of the role.
Our new CEO has been at our nonprofit for approximately six months. As the director of HR, the vice presidents and I went to our board with concerns regarding our new leader and his memory issues. He can’t remember the decisions he makes. I know there’s such a thing as a fitness-for-duty test, but these are usually centered around physical fitness. Where do I go from here?
I have a weird problem. We have some jobs that can be done
remotely, and some must be done on-site. Several employees who
can work remotely moved during the pandemic, so they couldn’t
come in without moving back. But the problem is that both the WFH
(work from home) and the WIO (work in office) think they deserve
salary increases because of their working conditions.
I currently work for a small mom-and-pop company of only 11
employees, including the owners. The owners are husband and wife,
65 and 75 years old. The co-owner (husband) keeps having
“boys only” events, such as weekly happy hours and trips on his
boats; women are not invited.
A brand-new HR director discovers that an employee earns
$13K more than her director, who oversees a team of 10. What
should she do after the manager requests a pay increase?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When remote workers encounter power outages, can employers require verification? What’s a fair amount of time for employees to be on standby?
An employer seeks answers about the ethics and boundaries of commenting on an employee’s personal life.
An employer seeks out ways to offer staff members flexibility when working from home isn’t an option.
An employer struggles with how to attract entry-level applicants without being able to increase their wages.
A department head feels undermined by a direct report. What’s the
next step: discipline, take responsibility or simply move on?
Yes, employers can ask employees to come back to the office or
face termination — but should they?
Managers should be involved in writing job descriptions, hiring
employees and evaluating performance — shouldn’t
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.
Well-intentioned policies can backfire unless they
are flexible and look at the whole situation.
Did bonuses really go away, or did the company
change the criteria or change the bonuses to be entirely
Employers have paid time off for a reason. How can they encourage
employees to use it?
An employee gets promoted to become the supervisor of a close
friend. Can they maintain their friendship?
Employees complain about bosses all the time. What happens when
the boss overhears?
“Authentic self” doesn’t necessarily mean behaving at work the
way one does at home.
PODCAST: Take a trip with the Evil HR Lady as she answers a question about a new hire who wants to go on vacation.
A new hire says he’s taking a trip that he scheduled before
applying for the job. What are his employer’s options?
PODCAST: Didn’t land a promotion you think you deserved? Here’s what you can and should do.
Didn’t land a promotion you think you deserved? Here’s what you
can and should do.
PODCAST: Is it ever too late to change careers?
Just because you are new to a field, don’t think you need to
start at the bottom.
PODCAST: How can employers solicit outside candidates for open positions without offending employees?
PODCAST: How can employers help ease the transition into new software and systems?
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.
PODCAST: How can employers offer year-end rewards to employees when there isn’t much cash to spare?
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.
There are many ways to show employees how much you care about
them, even if you can’t shower them with gifts and bonuses.
PODCAST: How can employers design an attendance policy that works for both themselves and their workers?
PODCAST: Do small businesses with just a few employees need an HR professional, or are there other options?
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.
How can employers improve the diversity of their hires without
violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964?
PODCAST: How can a small-business owner give new hires the guidance they need to come onboard — without breaking the bank?
How can employers respond to employees’ concerns as they return
to the office or opt not to do so?
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?