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HR Strange But True

Catch up on the latest odd, offbeat, and humorous HR stories.


Santa’s on the Naughty List This Year

You would think Santa would be unbiased to all children, but that’s not the case for one mall Santa in Mission Viejo, California. A local Santa and elf committed a cardinal sin recently, and we’re not talking about robbing the mall.

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Flying mistletoe and distracted drone driver cause work-related accident

We just gave you the HR slant on the beloved reindeer Rudolph. Flying reindeer are a holiday tradition. But when a chain restaurant in Brooklyn decided to experiment with “mobile mistletoe,” a workplace accident occurred—to an employee of another company!

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Santa’s Gone High-Tech This Holiday Season

It appears as though all of Santa’s workers have left the North Pole workshop in search of more favorable careers (dentistry maybe?), but where does that leave jolly Old St. Nick? Who will help him make and deliver the toys?

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Famous Boss Made Unusual Hire for Christmas Job—And the Rest Is History

What benevolent (elderly, overweight, and fashion-challenged) boss made a famous hire for a seasonal job that is still talked about every December?

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Cyber Monday—Your Boss Is Too Busy Online Shopping to Notice You Are Too!

The holidays are right around the corner, and that means it’s time to shop! Most people start their shopping sprees on Black Friday, but this year many retailers were opening up on Thanksgiving Day to compete with the Black Friday retail sales, as well as the online sales that would be happening on Cyber Monday.

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‘Word of the Year’ Has HR Pros Perplexed

The Oxford Dictionary has again issued its annual list of words that have been “significant” for the past 12 months. And this word is one that may have HR pros perplexed, not that the definition is going to help clear up the confusion.

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World’s Youngest Microsoft Employee Has Yet to Graduate … Kindergarten

Most children by the age of 5 should be able to count up to 10, identify shapes and colors, and be able to recognize letters or spell their name (if taught). What’s different between most 5 year olds and Ayan Qureshi is that they haven’t set up their own computer network or passed the Microsoft® Certified Professional (MCP) exam.

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What Could Be Infinitely Better than Pie Day at Work?

Many workplaces, including BLR®, have had “Pie Days,” where employees fancying themselves as bona fide bakers enter their specialties and unique creations for the admiration—and appetites—of their colleagues and to possibly win a prize. So what could be better than pie day?

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What a Perk! What a Way to Go—to Work

When TicketNetwork, Inc. heard that many employees with long commutes were carpooling to save on gas, the Connecticut-based company decided to offer a vanpool to some employees who lived near New Haven. But this isn’t the usual vanpool—it’s the answer to Janis Joplin’s prayers. Employees arrive at work like rock stars—in a Mercedes Benz!

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Drinking on the Job Won’t Get You Fired from this Company

With the holidays right around the corner, many people may be looking forward to their holiday parties at work as an opportunity to have a few beers and mingle with their coworkers. But one ad agency is taking office boozing to a whole new level.

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