Do Your Employees Trust Your Company’s Workplace Investigation Process?

Your employees are happy, right? Turnover is low. The parking lot is full by 8:30 a.m. You’ve gotten almost everyone’s RSVP for the upcoming holiday party! So, whew! A great employee experience all around. We all hope this is true, and it should be in some companies, but it’s more likely that you’re somewhere in […]
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What Is it Like to Be an HR Freelancer?

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a freelancer in HR? HR Lancers asked me to describe my experience as an independent HR pro, and I said sure! I love sharing information. So here’s the good, the bad, and the ugly about life as a freelancer in the HR sphere.  The Good Freedom, […]
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What Is Wrong in the Nightmare Nanny Craigslist Post (and How You’re Making the Same Mistakes in Your Business)

A mom in Edina, Minnesota, posted an ad on Craigslist advertising for a nanny. It’s since been taken down, and the writer has taken all her social media private after the internet went wild. Fortunately, the internet is forever, and you can read the entire job posting at Archive.today. Plenty of managers want this type of […]
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Companies Use Artificial Intelligence to Help with Hiring. Korean Consultants Teach You How to Beat It

Artificial Intelligence is supposed to free the hiring process from prejudices and biases. We can have a totally neutral system that evaluates candidates and selects the best possible candidate, regardless of race, gender, or any other characteristic. It sounds fantastic, but it’s been an abysmal failure in that matter. Artificial intelligence is only as good […]
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More Women Are Working than Men

50.04 percent of the workforce in the United States is now female, surpassing men for the first time since the Great Recession, ten years ago. That recession was led by the male-heavy industries of construction and manufacturing.  This is also payroll growth and doesn’t account for the people (men and women) who work as independent contractors […]
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Why Is a New Employee Looking to Transfer?

An employee who has been here only three months just quit. In his exit interview, he said there wasn’t enough work to do within his department, and he was bored, so he looked to move on. I asked why he hadn’t applied for any number of open positions we have. He said he didn’t because […]
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Taco Bell Hiring $100k Jobs

I’ve never worked at a Taco Bell, but I have worked fast food. The manager job seems, to me, to be a mix of business management, scheduling, HR, food preparation, job training, and babysitting. After all, fast food restaurants are often staffed by first-time jobholders who need a bit more hand-holding than people in other […]
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Recruiting by Text is a Thing. Here’s What You Need to Know

If you call me and get my voicemail, it tells you the fastest way to reach me is to hang up and text. I’m not alone in my hatred of phone calls–messaging is the number one usage of smartphones. People love messaging apps of all sorts and hate phone calls. So, it makes sense that […]
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Employee Expenses 101: What Should Your Business Cover?

Creating a budget for your business involves a delicate balance. You want to keep employee expenses down, but have your finances on too tight a leash and you could end up with unhappy employees — and maybe even a broken law or two. Here’s your guide to creating a small business finance plan that keeps […]
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The Radically Transparent Fashion Startup Everlane Is Finding Out Why That Idea Should Extend to Employees, Too

“Radical Transparency” is the mission of clothing company, Everlane. They want customers to know everything about how they make and price their clothing. Their about section of their website includes descriptions like this: We believe our customers have a right to know how much their clothes cost to make. We reveal the true costs behind […]
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5 Steps to Solve all Your Problems and Make Gourmet Treats

“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 […]
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How Employee Resource Groups Help Workers Flourish

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

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 […]
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Top Posts of the Decade Part II

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 […]
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Top Posts of the Decade

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 […]
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Study: The Old Boys Network is Real and Explains Part of the Pay Gap

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 […]
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Illegal Internship: Two Years of Experience, No Salary, No Equity

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 […]
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