Today is the Best Day to Ask for a Raise

October 1 might seem like a silly time to ask for more money. Lots of company’s do year end performance appraisals and year end raises, so it seems a bit early. It’s not. Here’s why. Budgets are made in advance. If your company does a year end raises, the budgets for those are made now–or […]
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I’m about to Get Fired. How Do I Prepare?

Currently, I am working as a full-time engineer, and my boss is giving me a hard time. The problem is that my boss may fire me soon like in 2 or 3 weeks, so I want to get prepared for this early sudden termination. Do I have to collect some evidence like “my boss gave me […]
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The Real HR Show: Covid 19 Claims Update

Learn what’s going on in the world of Covid based lawsuits. And plus, a couple of questions about resignations and job interviews. Remember to like and follow The Real HR Show!
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Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Childcare Arrangements Are Not Relevant to Her Skills

WARNING: This post has nothing to do with politics. Any comments about the political side and whether Judge Barrett is qualified or unqualified to be a Supreme Court Justice will be deleted. I do not care what your political beliefs are. This is about women being judged on something other than knowledge, skills, and abilities. […]
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The Sure Way to Alienate Your Employees During Covid

All employees are required to wear masks when walking around, keep socially distanced while seated, and must eat lunch their desks–no group lunches in the cafeteria. Unless, of course, you’re part of the executive team. They walk the halls without masks and eat lunch together in a conference room. One of my readers described this […]
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The House Just Voted for Additional Protections for Pregnant Workers. What That Means for You

Pregnancy shouldn’t be an issue in job interviews, assignments, promotions, or day-to-day work. But it is, and sometimes women don’t have the protection that they think they do. For instance, if an employee’s doctor says she should be on light duty due to the pregnancy, the business only has to provide this if it does so for disabled employees. It can […]
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What to Do When Your Employee Brings up Mental Health

Last week, I was sitting outside at a restaurant on a busy foot-traffic-only street. One of my teen’s friends walked by and stopped to chat. She was with a group of other friends. I mentioned how sad my daughter was that they had had to cancel their lunch date earlier in the week. She apologized […]
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How to Get Recruiters to Give You Feedback

I’m writing regarding a FB post asking readers “How many of you provide honest feedback when rejecting a candidate?” I noticed the majority of respondents said that they do not provide feedback, citing possible negative ramifications. I’m curious what advice you would give to applicants to regarding obtaining feedback? How can a candidate determine what needs to […]
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If I Refuse a 20 Percent Pay Cut, Is it a Resignation or Termination?

I would appreciate some advice for my particular case.  My company recently got bought out by a big corporate company. Today I got an offer letter that offers a 20% pay cut and that would increase my benefit premiums from $0 to $200/month, all for the exact same role and tasks.  As you can imagine, […]
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The CDC’s Guidelines on When Employees Can Return to Work May Surprise You

You should always encourage sick employees to stay at home while they recover, but Covid-19 took that to a whole new level. If someone tests positive, they will be out for a good, long time, regardless of whether they are asymptomatic or land in the hospital. But, when can an employee safely return to work? The Centers […]
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How to Approach and Improve Diversity Hiring

My vice president asked me to hire someone Black for a vacant position and include #BlackLivesMatter in the job posting. Can I hire a Black person solely based on race like this? It seems like I can’t. How can I even respond? To read my answer, click here: How to Approach and Improve Diversity Hiring […]
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As Learning Goes Online, Should I Reconsider My Approach to Hiring

Dear ReWorker: Universities are going digital. Does this mean that MOOCs, training courses and independently gained skills are just as good as the university experience? Should we change our hiring criteria? To read my answer, click here: As Learning Goes Online, Should I Reconsider My Approach to Hiring Leave your own in the comments!
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The Real HR Show: Attendance Issues: Work from Home & COVID-19 Complications

Join Brenda Neckvatal and me as we talk about attendance in a Covid 19 world. Plus, hear Brenda’s answer to my question about false accusations from yesterday and my answer to Brenda’s question about what to do with an employee who records everyone’s conversations.
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All the Reasons You Shouldn’t Prevent Employees From Discussing Who Has the Coronavirus

Rumors can send people into a panic. Additionally, some people are super nervous about exposure to Covid-19 that even if they don’t meet the Centers for Disease Control’s definition of exposed, they are concerned if they’ve had any peripheral contact with someone who tested positive. So, naturally, businesses want to keep things under control. This […]
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Help! I’m Being Falsely Accused of Sexual Assault at Work

I am currently wrongful being accused of sexual assault that never happened and I am currently suspended. I am being investigated even though my supervisor nor the HR department never even talked to me about the situation. I have text messages, eyewitnesses, and can even get video recorded evidence to prove my innocence, but they […]
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The Real HR Show: When to Get HR Involved

Brenda Neckvatal and I are back! We took August off because we wanted to pretend we were Europeans. Come join us as we talk about what managers need to know, and we’ve added a question segment! Listen to me and Brenda answer questions with no preparation.
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4 Tips for Better Workplace Investigations

There have been some big headline news stories recently about the humble job of an employee relations person. Did you miss them? You probably didn’t — -just didn’t think about how HR and employee relations plays a significant role and could have made a real difference, especially in one area: Investigations. For instance, McDonald’s CEO resigned after […]
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My Doctor Says I Should Work from Home. Can My Boss Say No?

After working from home since late March due to COVID, my employer informed all employees on August 18th that we were expected to return to the office on August 24th. If we decided we needed to continue to work from home, we would do so with a 20% cut in hours as well as a […]
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