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HR Strange But True

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


Survey Finds These Super Employees More Powerful, and Happier, than HR

More powerful than a CFO or HR director, these superhuman, multitasking employees do it all, according to a new Staples survey, and they make things happen in the workplace. And they are happy!

They are the “admins.” In honor of Administrative Professionals Day, Staples surveyed both administrative and nonadministrative workers about the role of these employees in their workplace.

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Mais Non! New Work Rule Means French Dis-connection

While Americans are obsessed with checking their electronic devices virtually 24/7, viewing e-mails after hours, before they go to bed, and even on vacations, the French government has said “mais, non” to this practice with a new workplace rule that precludes employees reading work-related e-mails after work hours.

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Do Zombies Carpool to Work? Not in Arizona

Do zombies carpool? Ride bikes? Take the bus to work?  A commuter who thinks so is the subject of a new infomercial that assures him that the zombies that populate his imagination do none of these—at least not in Arizona.

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Cyber Termination: Algorithms May Kill the Need for Résumés

Résumés may soon become relics of HR’s past, with a specifically designed algorithm examination of applicants’ blog posts, tweets, and “cyber imprints” replacing them in the near future.

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Jobs Go from ‘Dirty’ to ‘Unique’ for Skilled Trades Proponent

He took us, usually wearing some wacky looking personal protective equipment (PPE), to see him try over 300 jobs that defied description, but were mostly smelly, dangerous—and dirty!  Now, reports CNN, he will show us jobs that are not only unique but also essential.

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You Saw What? At Work?

Some of our best HR Strange But True! articles didn’t come from the newspapers, but from our readers. Do you have a tale to tell?

As an HR professional, we suspect that you have seen your fair share of odd events in the workplace, whether it’s a boss behaving badly, an awkward interview, or a quirky employee excuse—we want to hear it!

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You Won’t Believe What Your Next Workplace Robot Will Do!

Your next workplace robot may not sweep the company floor or assume a manufacturing function. Instead, it may be advising the C-suite!

That’s right! Your next robot may handle your company’s legal and litigation issues as “Robot, Esq.,” according to an article by Josh Blackman, JD, who specializes in the intersection of law and technology.

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Could High-Tech ‘Oops’-Proof Your Workers?

Researchers at Vanderbilt University say they can jolt your workers into high productivity and performance, essentially making them “oops”-proof.  But you may have to change your dress code to do this.

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It’s OK if Your Workers Watch this Big-Screen TV

Why would you install a 90-inch big-screen TV on your plant floor?  Won’t workers just tune in to Sports Center or talk shows and be distracted?

No, according to a company that says more media in the factory actually increases collaboration, engagement, and production performance.

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Winter Season Wrap-Up: What Were Your Favorite SBTs?

Spring is finally here! With winter behind us, we are taking a look back at the most shared Strange but True! articles of the season.

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