Category Archives: Policies & Procedures

The Unintended Consequences of Stupid Hiring Policies

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I ran into a company the other day that had the very stringent requirement that all of their Vice Presidents - administrative, sales, clinical - must have a Master's Degree. They follow this requirement to the letter. They are willing to hire professionals at the Director level if they are at least pursuing a ...

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Those pants won’t fit…

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I've been on the dole since May 31 while enjoying some (small) benefit from all the taxes paid on my behalf into Missouri's unemployment fund over the years. I'm glad the support is there and although it would be tough for one to survive on it alone, it's the thought that counts...right? Anywhoo, I ...

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7 Wasted Days…

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I was one of those kids parents tried to get rid of at every opportunity so being sent off to Maine or Michigan for month-long sessions of summer camp was an annual occurrence. I usually kicked and screamed - not wanting to leave my friends and their sure-to-be-boring-as-hell plans. But once I actually ...

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Your Employee Handbook is not the King James (or Koran)

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How many pages is your employee handbook? Count them...go on...then come back in an hour when you're done.  The one I'm looking at is 106 pages*...God Almighty!  First of all, I understand the importance of covering our bases to the Nth degree in this crazy messed up litigious world (or country) that we live in. ...

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Stop Trying to be Smarter than a 5th Grader!

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HR is notorious for making the lives of others more difficult.  Policies, rules, forms, processes, paperwork...stuff that gets in the way of the business.  The business needs some of it, but it doesn't need it to be a nuisance.  And most of it, unfortunately, is a nuisance. So as an HR professional, you're starting off ...

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