How Long Should An Employee Have To Wait For A Harassment Complaint To Be Addressed?

images-188Dear Evil Skippy,

After lodging a complaint about another employee to Human Resources, how long should one expect to wait before the issue is addressed?

We have an employee who has been here for years who gets away with the rudest, dishonest, cunning behavior of anyone I’ve ever known. She is disliked throughout the company, but there must be something the owners see in her because she gets away with her behavior and is still here. After one of our employees told her to stop badgering a new intern about parking in “her” spot (we don’t have assigned parking spots), she turned on him, telling him he’s a grumpy old man who needed to be in a home and take Midol. She got loud (I heard it at the opposite end of the hall.). This was witnessed by at least 3 other people. The guy who told her to leave the intern alone went into HR and reported the incident and the other employee’s past rudeness, including a time when she challenged him to fight outside so she could “give him his lunch”. HR wanted details, which were provided, but when it’s an almost-daily event, one would have to keep a log. HR said she’d talk to one of the owners about it.  It’s been 30 days and not a word yet. Wouldn’t you expect some action by now – address it with the Hated One, talk to others who witnessed this event?

– Works with Cruella de Vil

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The Top Ten Scary Workplace Movies of 2014

Long-time readers may recall ES@W’s Halloween Movie Guide from past years. With the annual nod to witches, goblins and naughty nurses fast approaching, is it any wonder that my mind keeps detouring from productive work to scary cinematic achievements?

With a little bit of tweaking, many current films could easily be re-imagined into American Horror Stories: The Workplace, so who could resist a new Top Ten? Not me! (Hey Ryan Murphy – if you use any of these ideas for next season, I want a cut!)

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I Was Rejected Because I Had Previously Applied

images-186Dear Evil Skippy:

I applied for a job at a local company last year. Although I made it through several rounds of interviews, I did not make the final cut. I heard they were hiring again, so I re-applied. The H.R. person contacted me and said I would not be invited in for an interview because it is the company’s policy not to consider any unsuccessful past applicants. What do you think of that policy?

– Annoyed

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My New Girlfriend Used To Be Married To My Employee

images-185Dear Evil Skippy:

I was divorced five years ago and been single ever since. Recently I went to a speed-dating event and met a nice woman. We started dating and have been seeing each other for just over a month. I knew she was divorced, but just found out that she used to be married to one of the employees who I now supervise. Neither one of us realized the connection until after we had started dating. She does not have contact with her ex, so she says however I want to handle this is fine with her. Do you think I should tell my employee or just keep quiet?

– Supervisor

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A New Dress Code

Dear Evil Skippy:

I was assigned the task of drafting revised policies for our Employee Handbook. Management wants me to “simplify, simplify, simplify”. I am becoming painfully aware that simplification is easier said than done.

One of the sections I am working on is the dress code. The old code had lots of specific that were outdated or no longer being enforced. I drafted what I think would be a fine new policy, but am afraid that I over-did making it simple and would like your opinion before I show it to my boss. My deadline is Friday, October 17th, so I would love to hear back before then. (Thanks in advance!)

Here is what I want to propose:

“Dress like a professional.”

What do you think?

– H.R. Assistant

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The Day Evil Skippy Nearly Died

images-173In yesterday’s post, I mentioned the time when a job applicant grabbed my tie and made a casual death threat. Several of you asked for the grisly details here in comments and also in private direct messages. I never knew you cared — apparently not enough to send money or gifts, but I will take what I can get.

Here goes. It all happened in a human resources office far, far away in another time . . .

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What Not To Do During An Interview

Dear Evil Skippy:

I will graduate with a computer science degree this year.  Up until now, I have been working at a series of “college jobs” (waiter, barista and sales clerk) and never had to go through a professional job interview process.  What should I be sure NOT to do during the interview?  When you have been the interviewer, what things have applicants done that made you reject them even though they had the skills and qualifications for the job?

–  Doesn’t Want to Crash & Burn

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Who Pays For An Interview Lunch?

restaurant-tab-570x379Dear Evil Skippy:

I was interviewing for a really great job and the head of what would be my new department asked to meet me for an interview over lunch. I met him at the fancy restaurant that he had selected. We had what I thought was a positive interview until the very end. He concluded the interview, asked the waiter to split the check in half and then excused himself after paying his half. Was I wrong to assume that he was going to pick up the tab? Am I being overly sensitive if this makes me think twice about accepting if I receive an offer?

– Lynne

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