HR Strange But True

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


‘Nobody doesn’t like Sara Lee’—Except the OFCCP

Remember that old commercial “Nobody doesn’t like Sara Lee”? Remember when Moms in the June Cleaver era made a cooked breakfast every morning for their families?

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Life Threatening Illness Is Distracting; So, You’re Dismissed!

Being diagnosed with cancer can be a scary and stressful time in one’s life, but imagine being fired after you find out that you’ve been diagnosed with it!

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You Can’t ‘Boss’ Me Around, You’re Just a Robot

Contrary to the title, most people prefer to be bossed around by robots than they do their own bosses according to a research project conducted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL). The research found that in a situation where a team of two humans and one robot work toward a common goal, the humans prefer the robots to take charge.

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Michigan Governor Celebrates Labor Day with Unusual Worker

In his Labor Day remarks, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder said, “Let’s also look to the future and commit to prepare the talent of tomorrow.” Was he referring to a very unusual “worker” who was with him as he led 30,000 state residents in walking across the famous Mackinac Bridge on the holiday?

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Robots to Take Over Fast-Food Industry

Next time you’re at McDonald’s®, it may be a robot asking you if you want fries with your order. As the war on minimum wage rages on, fast-food companies are looking for cheaper ways to deliver service. Instead of driving up the cost of a double cheeseburger to help pay their employees’ salaries, fast-food industries are looking to replace their employees by using automatons instead.

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Substitute Teacher by Day; Outfielder by Night

Remember being in school and how much fun you used to have with your substitute teacher, playing games, laughing all day, and trying to frustrate the sub into quitting! Well imagine if 1 day, instead of your teacher walking into the room, a baseball player was there instead!

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NBA Players Try Rebounding into Other Careers

Two pro basketball players from the NBA are not only gifted athletes, but smart and motivated enough to try other careers beyond the TV analyst desk.

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Suspended Football Player Tackles Car Sales

Let’s say you’re a wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns, and all of a sudden you’re faced with a 1-year suspension due to some pesky drug policy violation. What do you do? Why not take a crack at becoming a car salesman!

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Résumés Not Getting You Noticed? Try a Billboard!

After the recent job recession, all too many people know the struggles of looking for a job. Sending out multiple résumés and making dozens of phone calls can only get you so far. How do you attract the employer of your dream job? Try a billboard!

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A Tale of Two Cities—One Mall and Two Minimum Wages

It’s a tale of two cities and the mall that the cities’ boundaries divide. Once upon a time, states had a uniform minimum wage, and then cities began establishing their own. And thus this story of wage woes began.

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