When Helicopter Parents Crash the Workplace

by Evil HR Lady on June 23, 2017

The New York Times recently ran an article about horrible helicopter parents who hover all the way through college and then into the workforce–citing an example of a father who applied on behalf of his son and even showed up with the interview, and moms who joined in for a Skype Interviews.

Here’s the thing: most parents are not this awful. They truly are not. But, enough are. And why are they? Because they’ve been helicoptering for years and years and have had great success with it. In fact, the schools reward students whose parents hover and punish those who don’t.

This is not a new phenomenon. When my brilliant and talented younger sister didn’t get a starring role in her high school play, she accepted it. That is until the drama teacher pulled her aside and asked her to act as a coach to the girl who did get the lead. When she asked why she didn’t get the part if she was a better actor and singer than the girl who did, the teacher responded honestly, “Her mother will make my life a living hell if she doesn’t have a starring role. Your mom is nice.”

To keep reading, click here: When Helicopter Parents Crash the Workplace


How to Handle an Office Emergency

by Evil HR Lady on June 23, 2017

Sooner or later, someone will have a health emergency at your office. Whether it’s an employee who has an allergic reaction or a visiting child who attempts to jump from the table to the chair and cuts her chin open, there could be an office emergency. Here’s what you need to do to be prepared:

Don’t be Afraid to Call 911

Err on the side of caution when a medical emergency comes up, according to the National Emergency Number Association. This is especially important if it involves a stranger, such as a customer.

To keep reading, click here: How to Handle an Office Emergency


July 4th is a federal holiday, so lots of businesses close. US law certainly doesn’t require you to close your business, nor does it require you to pay your employees extra if they do work on the 4th, but most likely, your company considers it a holiday. This year, the 4th is on a Tuesday, so I’m going to make a radical proposal: Treat the 3rd like a holiday as well. Here’s why:

An Awesome Four Day Weekend

Instead of having to work Monday, have Tuesday off, and then come in on Wednesday, your employees could have a great four day weekend. That allows people time to travel, relax, or get some summer yard work done. For those of us who throw awesome Independence Day Parties, having an extra day to do the work makes our parties even better.

To keep reading, click here: Should You Declare July 3rd an Additional Holiday This Year?

And note: I do throw an awesome 4th of July party, only it will be on the 1st, because, you know, I live in Switzerland. If you’re in the area, you’re invited. Email me.


Healthy office perks are big business, even for small businesses. When deciding what’s best for your company, it makes sense to look at what will actually make your employees happier and healthier — not just things that are more fun.

Employees Want Options

You may think your employees want free lunch or yoga classes, but it’s not the case. According to a report from Glassdoor, 40 percent of employees consider health insurance the top benefit they want from their job.

To keep reading, click here: How do your office perks stack up against the competition? 


Yale Dean Just Lost Her Job for Rude Yelp Reviews

by Evil HR Lady on June 22, 2017

June Y. Chu, the Dean of Pierson College, one of Yale’s residential colleges, was placed on leave a month ago after her rude and inappropriate Yelp reviews came to light. Yale announced that she has permanently left the position. Chu officially resigned, but this resignation undoubtedly wouldn’t have happened had she not written the offensive Yelp Reviews.

Chu’s problems began when the Yale News published screenshots of her Yelp reviews. Chu wrote, among other things, these things:

  • I guess if you were a white person who has no clue what mochi is, this would be fine for you.
  • To put it quite simply: if you are white trash, this is the perfect night out for you!

After these reviews came to light, Chu apologized saying, “My remarks were wrong.There are no two ways about it. Not only were they insensitive in matters related to class and race; they demean the values to which I hold myself and which I offer as a member of this community.”

To keep reading, click here: Yale Dean Just Lost Her Job for Rude Yelp Reviews


he natural order of things is that you work hard, become proficient in what you do, and then get promoted to management, right? That’s how companies often work, and while sometimes it’s an effective strategy, it fails miserably in many cases. Why? Because “managing” is not like “doing.”

What does that mean? Well, let’s say you’re really good with customers—have a great rapport, and they trust you. You work quickly and accurately, and people praise your work. You’re reliable and hard working, and the business would be better off if everyone in the field worked as you do.

Different Jobs, Different Skills

But, are you good at training others? What about paperwork? What about handling sensitive issues, like requests for leaves of absences and coaching someone through a performance improvement plan?

To keep reading, click here: Don’t Promote Your Best Techs, but Give Them a Raise


The 50 Most Annoying Office Jargon Phrases

by Evil HR Lady on June 20, 2017

Expecting all your coworkers to understand your jargon is just blue-sky thinking. Maybe we should brainstorm or action a project so that going forward we can think outside of the box and make sure we are all singing from the same hymn-sheet. If not, we can circle back and not have to re-invent the wheel to understand each other.

These are just a few of the phrases that London Offices collected in a survey of jargon we can’t stand. While almost all of us say we hate jargon, American Express OPEN just released a survey that said that 64 of Americans use jargon multiple times per week. And the problem with that is that jargon isn’t very clear; they also discovered that 88 percent of Americans pretend to understand office jargon.

To read the list, click here: The 50 Most Annoying Office Jargon Phrases

And I’m having a contest over on Facebook! Hope over to participate in the best jargon contest. The winner receives genuine Swiss chocolate! Here is the link.


Make New Hires Comfortable With a Welcome Package

by Evil HR Lady on June 20, 2017

New hires may be fabulous additions to your staff, but since they don’t even know where the bathrooms are, they need a lot of information on their first day. If you want your employees to be happy, there should be a great onboarding process. The Society For Human Resource Management found that at one organization, new employees who had a successful, organized and structured onboarding program were 69 percent more likely to stay at a job for at least three years.

Part of that program should be a new hires welcome page. Here are some things it should contain:

Summary Page With Dates

There are many things that are time sensitive, like when paperwork is due. Getting benefit information processed can be life and death for an employee, so make the date prominent in a cover page.

To keep reading, click here: Make New Hires Comfortable With a Welcome Package


When actress Jennifer Lawrence found out her male co-stars were earning more than her, she famously called out Hollywood for its lack of pay equity for actresses. Many discounted her points because she was still very highly paid, despite the fact that she was headlining hugely successful movies while getting paid less than her male co-stars.

But somewhat surprisingly, Lawrence didn’t respond with anger and blame directed toward Hollywood. Instead, she ultimately blamed herself for not effectively negotiating. So how does Lawrence’s situation and her reaction to it serve to educate HR Leaders about addressing pay equity?

To keep reading, click here: What Can Jennifer Lawrence Teach HR Leaders About Pay Equity?


I’m pretty sure my daughter was at least three days old, if not four before I ever changed a diaper, as my husband took care of all of that. On the other hand, I’m also pretty sure that my father has changed more diapers of his grandchildren than he ever did of his own six children. The way men and women have approached family life has changed drastically in the past 50 years, and while women are still more likely to be the primary caregiver for their children, that doesn’t mean they are always the primary caregiver.

While each family is free to make whatever changes they wish to make (I couldn’t care less who changes the most diapers in your household), the law requires that employers not treat employees according to gender stereotypes. Derek Rotondo, an employee at JPMorgan filed a class action suit against his employer saying they presume mothers are the primary caregivers, and therefore, have set up their parental leave policy to reflect that.

To keep reading, click here: Lawsuit Alleges JPMorgan Enforces Stereotype that Children Are Mom’s Responsibility, Not Dad’s