“Hey everyone, I’m Claire, and I’m in the B.A. (Bon​ Appétit) test kitchen, and today I’m making…”

These aren’t the opening lines of every one of pastry chef Claire Saffitz’s super popular cooking videos, but she does include it (or slight variations) in every video. Claire (how she refers to herself–I had to Google to find out her last name), takes some popular food, and makes a gourmet version of it. 

It’s good, clean fun, and has made me consider possibly making my own Krispy Kreme donuts (too much work–I’d rather watch Claire), but it’s about far more than cooking; it’s about problem-solving. I don’t think Claire intended to make a management guide to problem-solving, but she did. Here’s how she does it.

To keep reading, click here: 5 Steps to Solve all Your Problems and Make Gourmet Treats

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How Employee Resource Groups Help Workers Flourish

by Evil HR Lady on January 3, 2020

People are naturally gravitate to those who are similar to them — with similar tastes, styles and problems.

Employee resource groups (ERGs) bring people together to foster inclusivity and communication in the workplace. This is especially true for companies whose workforce represents a wide range of backgrounds and ages: ERGs are a way to connect people with similar struggles who might not otherwise ever speak to each other.

These groups can be a valuable investment of time and money if you’re looking to build employee relationships and keep morale high. Here’s how they work.

To keep reading, click here: How Employee Resource Groups Help Workers Flourish

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6.8 Million People Got a Raise Yesterday. Were You One?

by Evil HR Lady on January 2, 2020

Twenty-one states had minimum wage increases go into effect yesterday–and Delaware had one go into effect in October. Overall, an estimated 6.8 million people will see their paychecks increase anywhere from $0.10 an hour (Florida) to $1.50 an hour (New Mexico and Washington). 

The federal minimum wage stays put at $7.25, but states are free to create their own minimum wage–whichever is higher (federal or state) is the legal lower limit for salaries. Twenty-one states use the federal minimum wage, but the rest have higher minimum wages.

Several states regularly adjust the minimum wage to account for inflation. Others are in the middle of a plan to reach a higher rate–usually $15 an hour.

To keep reading, click here: 6.8 Million People Got a Raise Yesterday. Were You One?

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Top Posts of the Decade Part II

by Evil HR Lady on December 31, 2019

My favorite controversial post

Newflash: Motherhood is Not the World’s Hardest Job

I wrote this for CBS. CBS refused to publish it. I published it on my blog. CBS freaked out and said I had no right to do that. Fortunately, I knew they were wrong and they did too.

Another controversial post

Can You Be Fired for Skipping Lunch?

This case sounded like a super mean boss, but the law doesn’t care about nice.

A question that is becoming more and more common

Fragrance in the Workplace

This seems to be a bigger problem every year. Are more people becoming more sensitive or whinier? I don’t know. I do know the letter writer here personally and can confirm that it’s a serious problem for her–not a matter of not liking scents.

A question that way too many people need help with

What if a High Performing Executive Is also a Bully?

This is so so so common. I wish I didn’t need to write it, but I did, and many people still need to read it.

My favorite Disrupt HR talk

This decade also introduced me to Disrupt HR. If you have one by you, go. If you have an idea, speak! It’s only five minutes and you can do it! I think it’s the best thing that has happened in HR in years.

There are lots of things I’ve planned for 2020 and beyond! So don’t go anywhere!

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Top Posts of the Decade

by Evil HR Lady on December 30, 2019

We’re about to enter into the roaring 20s, and that also marks 10 years for me as a professional freelance writer. Here are some of my favorite posts from the past decade. They aren’t necessarily the most popular, but I think they are fun.

My First Paid Post:

Your Boss Loves You. Here’s Why He’s Going to Stiff You

I have to say I’m eternally grateful to CBS for taking a chance on me! Pamela Kruger recruited me and trained me. Thank you, Pamela!

The Post That Showed Me We See What We Want to See

Why Mitt Romney Like Firing People

CBS changed backend platforms like five times while I was working for them and the comments went away when they did that. But they were spectacular.

Liberals said: How dare she advocate for Mitt Romney! This is biased!

Conservatives said: Just another example of the liberal media attacking the Republican! This is biased!!!

What it really was is an explanation of how firing works in the real world.

The Political Post that Showed Me People are Insane about Politics

No, Megyn Kelly Should Not Have Worn that Dress

Y’all, I got death threats over this post. A post about a dress. People were crazy. It got picked up by Yahoo and I got over 3 million views on it.

Fun fact: I wrote it in 20 minutes as a throw-away post. Ha!

One Of My Favorite Questions and Headlines.

I’m gay, disabled, litigious, and recently fired. Wanna hire me?

The letter writer used this as her subject line in her email and I thought it was so perfect. She did go on to find a much better job, so all’s well that ends well.

My Most Helpful Post

How to Work When You’re Depressed

I try to be helpful in all my posts, but this one gets hits every day and I hope it continues to help people. Depression is awful, but there are things you can do.

And if you’re feeling depressed see your doctor, therapist or call your EAP. There is help!

The Post I Email People at Least Once a Week

Forced to Resign: What Are Your Options?

I wrote this in 2012 and it is still relevant. No one can force you to resign!

When I email it to people, I also include a link to Donna Ballman’s follow up article:

My Employer Says I Have to Resign. What Should I Do?

Tomorrow I’ll share some more favorites from the past decade!

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Schmooze your way to success. It’s not what you know, it’s who you know. And, it turns out, it’s not what you do, but who your manager is.

A new, unpublished study from Harvard Business School’s Zoë Cullen and UCLA’s Ricardo Perez-Truglia finds that men and women get promoted at the same rate when their bosses are female, but when men have a male boss, they climb the corporate ladder faster. The gender of women’s bosses makes no difference in their careers.

The gender pay gap is defined as the difference in average male salary vs average female salary. You can have everyone in similar positions paid the exact same amount and still have a gender pay gap if one group holds a higher percentage of highly paid jobs. 

This study shows that one-third of the gender pay gap can be explained by the men working for male managers phenomenon, which means that two-thirds of the gap comes from other sources–like a personal choice. For instance, another Harvard study showed that male bus drivers chose to work more hours and take on the more difficult routes than female drivers, thus earning more money

To keep reading, click here: Study: The Old Boys Network is Real and Explains Part of the Pay Gap

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Unpaid internships aren’t inherently wrong. But ones that require two years of experience and have a whole list of responsibilities for a for-profit firm are illegal. And that’s exactly what For Exposure highlighted in this tweet:

Let’s unpack how this is illegal:

Internships can be unpaid if they meet a specific set of criteria. The courts have a seven-factor test:

To keep reading, click here: Illegal Internship: Two Years of Experience, No Salary, No Equity

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Job Description: “Women don’t do well here.”

by Evil HR Lady on December 20, 2019

When you’re hiring a tough to fill role, it is essential to be honest about the struggles you’ll face in it. Ascend Medical does an excellent job of explaining what is difficult in this job as a hospitalist in Bullhead City, Arizona. “I would say our physicians get called 2 to 3 times a night but don’t always have to come back.”

That’s useful information to have and makes for a good job description. But the description goes off the rails with this bit of information: “Women don’t do well here.”

https://twitter.com/thaiscoutinhoCV/status/1207338879180779525

I contacted Ascend Medical and asked why women don’t do well. They didn’t answer that question but did respond with this message:

To keep reading, click here: Job Description: “Women don’t do well here.”

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Apple Offers a Legally Risky Perk: Genetic Testing

by Evil HR Lady on December 19, 2019

The old perks of free lunch and onsite dry cleaning are moving aside for Apple’s new perk: Genetic testing.

Apple has onsite health clinics, and they now offer employees free genetic testing. This seems like a fantastic perk, but I’d be extra cautious about it.

It has a noble goal–turning healthcare from reactive to proactive. This is something most of us can appreciate. If you know you’re at risk for something, you can change your behavior or get treatment before it becomes a problem. However, the law makes this a risky endeavor, indeed.

In 2008 the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) became law. This prohibits employers and insurers from discriminating against people based on their genetics. That is, you can’t say, “we won’t hire you or insure you because you carry a gene which indicates a high probability of colon cancer.” 

Employment attorney Jon Hyman explains when employers can gather genetic information:

To keep reading, click here: Apple Offers a Legally Risky Perk: Genetic Testing

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One of the advantages of having a social media presence is that readers will tag me on interesting stories. One of the disadvantages is that sometimes this involves icky things, like a smell check for employees who spend too long in the bathroom.

Oh, how I wish I were joking. First, there’s the company that wants to do a smell check if you’re in the bathroom too long.

Who gets this job, I wonder? I’m guessing this would fall under HR’s responsibilities, and it’s a big pile of nope. 

Then there’s this tilting toilet that is designed to make it uncomfortable to sit on the throne for more than five minutes.

To keep reading, click here: Tilting Toilets and Smell Checks Don’t Solve Your Productivity Issues

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