On February 14 we celebrate love in the name of St. Valentine, who was beaten, stoned, and decapitated because of his support of marriage. So, basically, it’s always been a bummer of a holiday, which brings us to divorce. 

Here are, according to a 5-year study, are the professions most prone to unhappily ever after.

  1. Gaming managers 52.9 percent
  2. Bartenders 52.7 percent
  3. Flight Attendants 50.5 percent
  4. Gaming Services Workers 50.3 percent
  5. Rolling Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, metal and Plastic 50.1 percent
  6. Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service 49.7 percent
  7. Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 49.6 percent
  8. Telemarketers 49.2 percent
  9. Textile Knitting and Weaving Machine Operators 48.9 percent
  10. Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 48.8 percent

To keep reading (including the 10 positions least likely to end in divorce), click here: Happy Valentine’s Day: These Jobs Increase Your Chances of Divorce


Bad HR Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

by Evil HR Lady on February 13, 2019

Recruiters and hiring managers regularly ghost job candidates. You know how it works–candidate comes in, interviews, sometimes multiple times and then the recruiter never, ever gets back to the candidate again. Emails are unanswered. Phone calls are ignored. And no one in Human Resources cared.

Employees have started ghosting their employers. Managers are shocked when someone just stops showing up. 

Human Resources requires people to attend diversity training that, Peter Bregman CEO of Bregman Partners, not only doesn’t work, it makes the problem worse. Instead of learning how to get along with people, we learn to put people into boxes. 

To keep reading, click here: Bad HR is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things


It’s not hard to understand why an increasing number of companies are choosing to do away with annual performance reviews: according to one study, over 94 percent of employees would prefer their manager address feedback in real time rather then wait until the end of the year.

But annual performance reviews aren’t all bad. Formal ratings provide a macro-view of performance and engagement levels across the company. If the results of any group (department, experience level, etc.) stick out—it can indicate a bright spot or potential problem worth looking into.

And that isn’t the only benefit of an annual performance review. They key to their success is to utilize them not just at year-end but throughout the year, as well.

Here are three ways to use your performance reviews to ensure your employees have the skills they need to succeed.

To keep reading, click here: How HR Can Use Peformance Reviews to Help the Whole Company

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A strong benefits package is one of the most effective ways to bring in talent and keep your best employees where you want them — that is, at your business, helping your bottom line. Some benefits are more attractive than others, of course. Almost 90 percent of job applicants say they would consider accepting a lower salary for better health benefits.

A strong benefits package is one of the most effective ways to bring in talent and keep your best employees where you want them — that is, at your business, helping your bottom line. Some benefits are more attractive than others, of course. Almost 90 percent of job applicants say they would consider accepting a lower salary for better health benefits.

But creating a compelling benefits package doesn’t stop there. Whether you’re able to provide robust insurance or you’re only budgeted for a basic plan, a whole slew of simple cost-effective employee benefits can help take your offerings to the next level. Here are five ideas to get you started.


Free food makes people happy. You don’t need to cater a fancy breakfast every day to make a difference in your employees’ moods. Having a Monday lunch, for instance, can start everyone’s week off with a bang. Keep snacks that people like in the break room.

To keep reading, click here: 5 Cost-Effective Employee Benefits to Complement Your Health Plan


A couple of weeks ago, I got a call from a friend. She was in a panic: her husband’s boss told him he had the option of being bumped down to an intern or resigning. The intern job came with intern level pay and responsibility, of course. They placed a legal document in front of him and begrudgingly gave him 24 hours to sign it, or he would be fired.

Now, this took place in Switzerland, and my friends are also expats. I don’t know much about Swiss employment law, but I do know this: any time someone wants you to sign a legal document without giving you enough time to review it and consult with an attorney, it’s not in your favor and you should walk away. 

Now, this is scary, because their immigration status depends on his job and if he were to be fired, they would have to leave the country within three months. 

To keep reading, click here: Knowing this One Truth Saved My Friend’s Job (and It Could Save Yours)


Swiss Saturday: The Passive Aggressive Note

by Evil HR Lady on February 9, 2019

A couple of days ago, a neighbor placed the above note in our mailbox. Here’s a rough translation (as I’m not a professional translator).

Dear Lucas Family,

Is it too difficult to walk through the house before you go to bed (and turn all the lights off)?

Neighbors, animals, and the environment (subject light pollution!) thank you! 🙂

And more money will stay in your wallet.

Electricity is not infinitely available. Your son will also need energy in 50 years.

Friendly greetings

[unintelligible signature]

Now, the unintelligible signature isn’t an accident. It’s part of the Swiss art of passive aggressiveness. You see, there’s nothing the Swiss like better than rules, and if there isn’t a rule about something and they want there to be, they’ll pretend there is and shame you for not following it. We’re foreigners, so obviously we need to be told what to do at all times. But, they don’t actually want confrontation, so the note works!

Now, if our light was actually bothering someone, they could have knocked on our door and spoken to us directly, but that defeats the purpose, because they might find out there was a reason for the light being on in the night. (There is.)

Many expats share stories of their Swiss neighbors doing the same to them. Not parked right? Anonymous note. Laundry not done to the proper Swiss sensibilities? Anonymous note. Child’s toy left in the back yard “too” long? Anonymous note.

Passive aggressive anonymous notes aren’t unique to Swiss culture, of course. As far as I know, lots of cultures engage in this, and it’s a terrible thing to do. Don’t try to manipulate people into behaving the way you want (are you so lazy you can’t walk through your house and turn out the lights?). Just be direct and straight foward. “Your light bothers me at night. Can you please turn it off?”

The same thing applies at work. “Can you run your emails through spell checker before sending them out?” is a lot better than, “I know you went to a state university, but many of our clients are Ivy Leaguers who expect better quality emails.”


How to Create a Positive Work Environment

by Evil HR Lady on February 8, 2019

Most people come to work to, well, work. Employees don’t necessarily expect their jobs to be fun 24/7. But that doesn’t mean your workforce needs to do business under a depressing cartoon rain cloud.

Here’s how to make working at your business a positive and productive experience, and why it’s worth doing so.

Why Creating a Positive Work Environment Is Important

Most employees spend more time at the office than they do with their friends and family. Having a positive experience at work is critical for their happiness. Happy employees are over 20 percent more productive than unhappy ones, and companies that are highly rated by their employees do better than the market average.

In other words, even if you aren’t as invested in your employees’ personal happiness, you do care about your business. And happy employees make a better business.

To keep reading, click here: How to Create a Positive Work Environment


Americans have fewer vacation days than their European counterparts, and yet we still don’t use them all. Some companies allow you to roll them over and cash out when you quit, but for many Americans they just disappear into the ether. If you don’t use all your vacation days, it’s just a boon for the company–they get more work out of you for no more money. 

Combine this with the crushing student loan debt many employees have–and their desire to sacrifice to reduce that burden–and insurance company Unum Group came up with a solution: trade in your unused vacation for extra money towards your student loans. (They also will allow parents who carry their children’s loans to use this benefit.)

To keep reading, click here: This Company Lets You Turn Your Unused Vacation Days into Student Loan Payments


Managing Your Managers’ Stress Levels

by Evil HR Lady on February 6, 2019

Business is hard and you need to make money. Sometimes things happen outside of your control or a new competitor pops up and what was easy before now becomes complicated. Lots of business owners put pressure on their managers to reach goals, right? Ask — no, demand — that they work hard, stretch and, if they must, put pressure on their team.

That’s how a lot of businesses operate, but there’s a problem: stressed-out managers are bad for everybody at the company. Here’s why you’ll be better off keeping stress down.

Stress Is Bad for Health

Stress can lead to all sorts of physical and mental health problems. From heart problems to depression, stress can be a key cause. When your managers are sick, they can’t perform at their highest level, and if the stress is really bad they may have to take time off. Employees who are out sick or need to take a leave of absence to deal with health problems are not going to make your business grow.

To keep reading, click here: Managing Your Managers’ Stress Levels

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The Working Experience Podcast

by Evil HR Lady on February 5, 2019

I had the chance to sit down with John Brancaccio to talk about just about everything work related.

Listen here: The Working Experience Podcast