Possible Gender Discrimination

by Evil HR Lady on December 2, 2016

I have been in my current job for about one year. I have been working in my industry for eight years and have an MBA. When I applied, the minimum experience was two years. A new man has started in the development program, which is a higher level. I do more work and train him, yet he makes more money and has a higher title. Another male coworker (with less industry experience but who has been in the department longer than me) recently got a promotion. Management has spoken with him multiple times for trash-talking his manager and failing on deliverables. I have more industry experience and more education than both men. How am I not supposed to see this as gender discrimination?

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During the interview for my current job, I emphasized that I wanted a job with professional development opportunities. The hiring manager said that professional development was important and definitely a priority. After six months, I approached my supervisor about a recognized professional certification that I wanted. It was an 18 month online course, so I wouldn’t miss work, but it was expensive. He said no.

The company announced this week that the same training program would be available at no cost to the department, but I’d have to be out of the office for 20 days. My boss said 20 days away was a no-go. I told this to a co-worker, and she said the management team said I’d be perfect for this. However, my boss said, “She’s so good, they’d probably try to steal her way from us.”

I want to go back to my boss and ask her to reconsider my application. But, I can’t bring up anything I know about what my coworker said, for fear of getting her in trouble. How can I do this?

To read the answer click here: Dear ReWorker: What Should I Do About a Lack of Learning Opportunities?



The Quickest Way to Ensure You Hire the Best People

by Evil HR Lady on November 30, 2016

Like it or not, our names tell an awful lot about us. For instance, can you guess my approximate age by knowing my name? While I was born during the tail end of Suzanne’s popularity (1973), you can pretty well guess that a candidate named Emma will be younger than I, and a candidate named Carol is older.

What else can you guess with a high degree of accuracy? Well, gender, of course. Gender neutral names do exist, but for the most part, a Jane will be female and a John will be male.

What about race? Can you tell race by someone’s name? Vihaan is probably Indian, DeShawn is probably African American, and Zhang Wei is probably Chinese.

Names aren’t spread out equally, and different regions, different economic statuses, and different religions all have different naming trends.

To keep reading, click here: The Quickest Way to Ensure You Hire the Best People

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If you are a European HR person (or an American that likes getting up REALLY early), I’m participating in a webinar about executive education. We’ll be sharing some fabulous new research that details what European executives are thinking. It’s sponsored by Myngle.

It’s free, so go ahead and sign up.

Wednesday, December 7th

11:00 AM CET (That’s Central Europe Time–it’s 5:00 am US East Coast Time).

To sign up, click here: Sign up for the Myngle Seminar


You’ve Done Your Shopping, Now It’s Giving Tuesday

by Evil HR Lady on November 29, 2016

Black Friday has come and gone with spectacular success. Cyber Monday is also passed and your packages are getting loaded onto UPS trucks even as we speak. So, today, it’s Giving Tuesday and you should make every effort to share with those who need help.

We spent last Thursday being thankful for all we have, so now, let’s help those who need. Giving Tuesday is in it’s fifth year, reminding us to give back to the community. It’s global and takes advantage of social media to get the word out. (You’ll see #givingTuesday on social media.) How can you and your business participate? Here are some ideas.

To keep reading, and get some ideas on how to participate, click here: You’ve Done Your Shopping, Now It’s Giving Tuesday


This Company Invented a Way to Fly Coach Comfortably

by Evil HR Lady on November 29, 2016

If you’re getting ready to get on a plane to go to Grandma’s house for Thanksgiving, you’re probably flying coach. And you’ll probably want to sleep, but won’t be able to because only small children can get comfortable enough to get good rest in coach. (But they don’t rest. They scream and kick the back of your chair.) And even the act of leaning your seat back may invoke the wrath of the person sitting behind you. So you’ll arrive at Grandma’s tired and cranky.

Enter the SleepySelfieStick. When company founder Todd Vance tweeted at me, I laughed at the totally bizarre-looking product, and then shared a video of it with friends. Then I asked Todd to contact me, because heaven knows we all would like to have a better experience during our airplane flights.

Vance conceived the product after numerous transatlantic flights and one horrible turbulence-filled flight to the West Coast that left his neck “trashed.” He was so exhausted that his trip was disrupted. He hoped to solve this and allow us mere mortals who don’t get business-class seats to have better flights.

To keep reading, click here: This Company Invented a Way to Fly Coach Comfortably


Workplace Haiku to Make Your Monday Better

by Evil HR Lady on November 28, 2016

Monday can be the most difficult day of the week for many of us, so I was thrilled to find Monster’s new collection of workplace Haiku. (Hat tip, employment lawyer, John Hyman.)

For those of you who have blotted out your high school English class, a Haiku is a type of Japanese poetry with 17 syllables, arranged in three rows of five, seven, and five syllables. it’s also supposed to be more complicated and poetic than just the requisite number of syllables, but we won’t hold the Monster people to it.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Your toxic workplace
Should be a superfund site
Hazardous to health

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Workplace Haiku to Make Your Monday Better


Swiss Saturday: CheckOrphan

by Evil HR Lady on November 26, 2016

I just started volunteering with a CheckOrphan, a charity that helps raise funds for “orphan diseases.” Any one orphan disease is rare, but there are over 7,000 out there, so you or someone you love probably has one of these rare diseases.

I’m going to be writing for them and thought I’d share with you some information about orphan diseases and ask you consider CheckOrphan this Giving Tuesday.

To read a little more, click here: 5 Reasons You Should Give to CheckOrphan on Giving Tuesday.


Why You Should Work on Black Friday

by Evil HR Lady on November 25, 2016

After you stuffed yourself with turkey and pie yesterday, you may be planning on a day of bargain shopping. Don’t. There is never anything available that makes the hassle worth it, but there are great reasons to head into the office instead. Here are five reasons you should ditch the mall for the office.

1. You can accomplish a ton.

If you want a chance to put your head down and just get things done, today is a great day to do it. While teamwork is great and all that, sometimes you just need to do work. When there’s nobody stopping by your cube, it’s pretty amazing how much you can get done. Since most of your co-workers will take advantage of an extra day off, you can get things done with no interruptions.

To keep reading, click here: Why You Should Work on Black Friday


10 Life Lessons from Mrs. Brady

by Evil HR Lady on November 25, 2016

Florence Henderson died on Thanksgiving Day, 2016. She was best known for her role as Mrs. Brady on The Brady Bunch, a show that had a relatively short run but somehow got embedded in our culture for a very long time. As a child of the 70s, I’ve probably seen every Brady Bunch episode numerous times. Here is some of the wisdom of Mrs. Carol Brady, played by Florence Henderson.

1. Don’t Let the Past Get You Down.

One weird thing about The Brady Bunch is that the past spouses of Mr. and Mrs. Brady are never mentioned. While this is weird from a psychological standpoint (dead, divorced, don’t the kids miss their other parent?), Mrs. Brady didn’t let that hold her back. She didn’t pine over her former husband. (Florence Henderson joked “I killed my husband. I was the original Black Widow,” but the show never said, and we know that Mrs. Brady is too nice to kill anyone.) Regardless of the reason, she didn’t mope, she moved forward.

To keep reading, click here: 10 Life Lessons from Mrs. Brady

Also, I think this was one of Ms. Henderson’s best roles, ever:

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