Category: HR Strange But True

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

Hurricane

Poor Judgment Call Leaves Bad Taste in Employees’ Mouths

The southern part of the United States has been through the ringer these past few weeks, with Hurricane Harvey attacking Houston, Texas, in late August and Hurricane Irma pummeling the Florida coastline in early September. Many residents in both areas were forced to evacuate their homes and businesses in order to stay safe. Now that […]

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picking talent

Pick Me! Pick Me! I Stand Out Above the Rest

As an HR professional, you probably encounter hundreds of résumés at any given time—and let’s face it, sometimes it’s a mundane chore to sift through the candidates trying to find the perfect fit. You’ve probably encountered résumés filled with typos and some that seem to stretch the truth a little too far, but once you’ve […]

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fraud

Forged Doctor’s Note Triggers FMLA Fraud Investigation

Recently, a Justice Department official offered this sage advice: “If you’re going to defraud the government with a doctor’s note, make sure to spell the name right.” This was exactly the case for one Colorado U.S. Postal worker, who decided to defraud the government for 2 years—claiming she was suffering from cancer.

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teambuilding

Murder Mystery Solves Teambuilding Conundrum

Does your company utilize teambuilding exercises to create a more cohesive group of workers? If your company was relying on trust falls, blindfolding, and “human chains” as part of its teambuilding exercises, it sounds like you’re in desperate need of an exercise overhaul.

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emoji

Don’t Make That Face at Me!

Are you guilty of using emoji in work communications? I must confess, being a Millennial, I’ve used the smiley face in plenty of work-related e-mails and plenty of work e-mails that go out to other professionals not in this company. My rule of thumb is if someone else uses it first, that person won’t think […]

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resume lies

Tell Me Lies, Tell Me Sweet Little Lies

What’s the truth about lying on résumés? Almost half of workers (46%) polled by staffing firm OfficeTeam said they know someone who included false information on a résumé, a 25-point jump from a 2011 survey. Job experience (76%) and duties (55%) were cited as the areas that are most frequently embellished.

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solar eclipse

Eclipse Overshadows Workday, Costs Employers Millions

August 21, 2017, was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see a solar eclipse for some and—since it occurred on a Monday—a loss of profit for others. Did your company hold a solar eclipse viewing party, or did you simply allow your employees to view the eclipse on their own? Either way, if your employees weren’t working […]

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freelance

Not So Fast Millennials; Boomers and Gen Xers Have You Beat in the Gig Economy

There are so many articles out there highlighting the pros and cons of the Millennial generation, but this isn’t one of them. When you think of the gig economy, what comes to mind? Is it a tech start-up, filled with bright-eyed college graduates starting their careers? Or seasoned workers looking for a more flexible schedule? […]

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New Wearable Gadget Isn’t High-Tech, But Does Offer Comfort

Every day, the news tells you that “such and such” is the “new silent killer.” One day, we’re told that sitting will lead to a premature death; so, we go out and buy standing desks. The next day, we’re told that too much standing is bad for our health, so now what? Do we squat […]

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