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HR Strange But True

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


Former Athletes Finish First in Race for ‘Top’ Jobs

The perception is that academics trump athletics in the quest for success in the workplace. But whether an applicant was a quarterback or a point guard, past participation in competitive team sports marks a winner in the competition for better jobs, according to a new Cornell University study.

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First Man to Legally Buy Weed Is NOT the First Man to Get Fired for Smoking It!

The state of Washington now allows the legal sale of recreational marijuana, and July 8, 2014, marked the first recorded sale of the substance. It also marked the first day someone was fired for smoking legally bought marijuana. A man from Spokane, Washington, was the first person to legally buy marijuana in that state.

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Thanks a Lot! Heroic Town Employee Loses Job After Saving Cat’s Life

Back in the good ’ole days, when a cat was stuck in a tree, you called the fire department to have it rescued. Now, you call them and they tell you that it’s not their business anymore! So who do you call? Ghostbusters …? No, that won’t work! How about your local highway superintendent? In a small town in Massachusetts, that’s exactly what happened, except the man ended up losing his job over the good deed.

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Service Animal Incidents Get Hospital, Deli Owner in a Pickle

A man has accused a New Jersey hospital for discrimination for not recognizing his dog as a service animal—because it was a 12-pound poodle.

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I love my job; I’m a giant COW!

Not many people can say they love their job, but for one employee at Stew Leonard’s that is not the case!

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EPA Employees Don’t Take Their ‘Duty’ Seriously

So, the new trend in the workforce is hiring Millennials, but it appears that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) misunderstood the term and, instead, hired children. Even at a government level, employees can still act immature and inappropriate!

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‘Did It Hurt When You Fell from Heaven…. Because I Have to Fill Out This OSHA 300 Log’

In case you missed it, CareerBuilder® decided to have a little fun at the 2014 Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) event this year by sponsoring a contest for the best Human Resource pickup lines. In order to compete, you had to enter your pickup line on Twitter with the hashtag HRpickuplines.

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‘Tomato’ Keeps Employees Productive and/or Hungry

These days life can become pretty distracting, especially with all the text messages, e-mails, and social media posts that happen to cross our computers or phones in any given minute. Of course, you could always wait to “like” your friend’s status until after you’ve finished the expense report, but work can wait, right?! It’s no wonder that the 2 least productive days are Thursdays and Fridays; everyone is too focused on the weekend to focus on their work. Time management can be a difficult thing to master, especially with our busy lives. However, investing in a tiny red tomato can improve your workflow and decrease your procrastination habits.

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Hell’s Kitchen, the Bible, the Sharks, and the Silver Screen

Need to develop and implement some strategies, but don’t have the time to take courses or slog through resources to get answers and inspiration? No problem! You can get the help you need from the Bible, movies, and TV shows, says Patrick J. Stroh, author of Business Strategy: Plan, Execute, Win!

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How to Attract ApplicANTS

Pests can cause some people to just plain “bug out,” so I bet companies like Orkin don’t have people busting down the doors to get a job. Employers may face a challenge in hiring people for an industry where many people would rather have someone else kill the giant spider. So what does a company that specializes in pest control do to attract new employees?

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