Category: HR Strange But True

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

O—What an Employee! And for Only $10,000 per Year

By Elaine Quayle She was 46 years old. She had worked before her first marriage, held a high-profile, “nonprofit” job, and endured some traumatic and turbulent years. Maybe a job was just what she needed. But Jackie Kennedy Onassis certainly was no ordinary applicant! She was Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, a former First Lady, but […]

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Does Lady Gaga Need Preposterous PPE?

By Elaine V. Quayle When Lady Gaga was hit in the head during a concert in New Zealand, suffering a self-described “clonker” [concussion] and black eyes, there was one conclusion that savvy workplace experts could arrive at—she needs some preposterous PPE to protect her. And she may be just the person to design it! When […]

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Commuting for Creativity

By Kyle Emshwiller To get creative juices flowing, Jonah Lehrer, author of Imagine: How Creativity Works, , suggests quick and easy ways to rest your brain and maximize productivity. Among other relaxation techniques, he suggests making the most of your commute to work. In Lehrer’s book, highlighted in American Express Open Forum, he advises workers […]

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Train Engineer Caught on Camera

By Kyle Emshwiller Airline personnel aren’t the only ones getting in trouble for being distracted on the job. A passenger recently caught a Metro-North engineer on camera reading the paper while operating the train, looking up occasionally to check the tracks. The passenger then posted the video to YouTube. The engineer was reportedly the only […]

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Sleepy Pilots and Distracted Controllers—Car-Cation Anyone?

By Elaine Quayle If you are planning on flying to your vacation site, you may not want to read about the behavior of some pilots and controllers during work hours. You’ve seen the video of air traffic controllers glued to their screens in total concentration.  Unfortunately, they may be watching movies, playing video games, or […]

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Run Worker Run, but Not When You’re on WC

By: Elaine Quayle Sure, you want your employees to stay in shape. Running long distance—how great! But you don’t want them running in over 80 long-distance races when they are on workers’ comp. A Florida postal worker was out on WC for a back injury. According to Yahoo! News, she was therefore relieved of carrying […]

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WC Twist—It’s the Judge Who’s in Trouble

By: Elaine Quayle We at HRSBT often report on workers’ compensation scandals but have never yet reported that the scandal was about the judge. Well, man does bite dog! Media outlets report a WC judge in Oklahoma knew he was not being reappointed.  Contemplating being out of work, he met with an attorney for lunch […]

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Employer Goes Ballistic When Off-Duty Offense Goes Viral

By: Elaine Quayle It’s bad enough when an employee behaves badly on a business trip—but it’s even worse when the incident is videoed and goes viral internationally! Media reports say that Oleg Vedernikov, principal cellist with the Beijing Symphony Orchestra, was traveling with the orchestra by train when he propped up his bare feet on […]

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Employers and Terminations—So What’s a Few Decades?

By: Elaine Quayle It’s strange, but true. In the news, we have stories of an employer apologizing for firing an employee during World War II, and another company firing a long-time employee for something that happened 40 years ago. What are a few years between employees and termination issues anyway? Wells Fargo Bank terminated a […]

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