Human resources is the set of individuals who make up the workforce of an organization, business sector or an economy. "Human capital" is sometimes used synonymously with human resources, although human capital typically refers to a more narrow view; i.e., the knowledge the individuals embody and ...

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Do ranking and prestige of a university matter?

What factors should I consider in deciding whether to transfer to another university? I am currently studying Computer Science at Westminster University, which is ranked 100/126 in the UK, or 11/15 ...
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Personnel files not being secured

I work for a small company (6 people) - which does not have a dedicated HR person. I have discovered some of my, along with a colleague's, personnel files laying on an open network share. This ...
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Notice period, contract dispute [closed]

when informing my employer of my descion to leave she said that she required two months notice, which I handed in later that week. Now reading through my contract it clearly states only one months ...
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Applied to several internal postings, send email to hiring manager? [closed]

I have recently been given the OK by my boss to apply to other departments in the same company. I have applied to a few different positions in the past few days and I am just playing the waiting game ...
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Should music be played at a software development company? [closed]

I am working at a software development company. At my workplace above my desk, there is speaker in the ceiling. After every 2 desks there is a speaker. As from my desk, almost every second face is ...
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Whether to politely decline a sentimental gesture?

I've taken on a wide enough variety of projects my manager has joked that "Jack-of-all-trades engineer" would be a good title for me. Yesterday our head of HR called me in to discuss moving from ...
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Appropriate response to HR incident [closed]

We are interns staying at a guest house provided by the company. We had an emergency(Our hamster was shivering, and we needed a hair dryer),and to ask for help we knocked on a (female) neighbor's ...
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Should I tell on my colleague for not keeping to assigned work-hours and abusing work-hours as break time? [closed]

Update: Thanks for all the answers, some more useful than others. Conclusion is: I went to HR and told them my concerns about said employees behavior. Turns out I wasn't the first to complain so they ...
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Is my company being deceptive on anonymous information gathering [closed]

I have got an email from my company yesterday, kindly requesting to participate in an anonymous survey. I have opened up the survey; and it consisted of some rather bold questions. Each questions had ...
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As a Brit working in America, how can I get my American colleagues to stop mocking my accent/spelling?

I am not a person of colour and I do not pretend to understand the struggle of those who endure racial discrimination, prejudice and persecution based on their race or ethnic background. However, ...
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Periodically taking time off work for awkward medical reason

I recently started a co-op job through my university. My boss is the only one I report to and I don't work with anyone else. In the next few weeks I'm going to have to take some time off. I don't know ...
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Responding to VP of HR's confession of illegal hiring practices?

This is a throwaway account, for obvious reasons. I work for a fast-growing medium sized tech company. At a recent company conference, I attended a session that was run by our VP of HR and the topic ...
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Coworkers with large pocket knives

I just started with a medium sized company in Ottawa, and I noticed a lot of engineers have one-handed pocket knives. ie: The kind you can push open with one thumb. I'm not comfortable working in an ...
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Are there tax breaks (U.S.) for hiring new university grads?

I had my friend interview for a professional role on my team (software engineer II) - he didn't quite meet the expectations during the interview. Later, it was announced that we're going to start ...
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Is it okay to tell the preferred company that you have received other job offers?

I have recently applied to Company A. I have gone through the 1st and 2nd interview and everything seems to be going well. In the 2nd interview, the senior manager told me that HR would get back to me ...
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How to communicate relevancy of my degree to interviewers?

As I mentioned in my previous question, I'm looking for a job. Now that I started with job interviews, I fear I'll face a very uncomfortable and stressing situation. As soon as I finished high school ...
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Do out-of-state interviews do drug tests on site?

I've been unemployed and job searching the past few weeks. I have a medical marijuana card which I stupidly utilized during this break. Now that I have hit my final interview, I'm a little concerned. ...
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Received a warm welcome letter along with job contract. How to respond?

I received my job contract by post and also a warm welcoming letter. I have to send back the signed contract by post. Just want to know should I also include a warm thank you note? Is it professional? ...
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Is it good idea to send email to HR highlighting achievements?

I am looking forward to switch to some better organizations. 2 weeks ago I gave a very thorough technical interview at a company and I did well in it. I was called for final meeting with GM a few days ...
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Expecting too much from me after maternity leave [closed]

I started at the company as a junior game dev so I did QA and old legacy games. I did that for about a year. I thought it was an appropriate level for a fresh grad just out of university. I went on ...
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Denied PTO AFTER approval [duplicate]

Next week, my family and I take off for a family wedding in Las Vegas. My mother works at a major league baseball field as a retail supervisor. She requested the time off before the baseball schedule ...
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No social media profiles. Am I suspicious? [duplicate]

I'm a recent university graduate looking for work. For privacy reasons, I have never registered in any of the social media sites under my real name. I cannot easily be found on ...
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How to handle debt collection calls for a former employee?

In January 2014 I began receiving debt collection calls for an employee who was formerly one of my direct reports. Not wanting to get into a conundrum with HR (which is very easy to do with this ...
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How to deal with coworkers not talking to each other

I sit in a office with 2 co-workers (software developers) who stopped talking to each other after one of them made a HR complain about the other one. So now when X needs to communicate or ask a ...
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Is it OK to Include Employee's Names in Training Videos for Internal Training [closed]

I am developing Training Videos, basically screen-casts of how to use our site. It is a time entry and work reporting site. Is it OK to show existing employees names in the videos as I navigate ...
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Does salary negotiation always have to happen based on one's last salary or do they consider one's last highest official package also?

Does salary negotiation always have to happen based on one's last salary or do they consider one's last highest official package also. There could be reasons, why somebody might take a pay cut for ...
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Unexplained gaps in my academics due to drop out. Hiring manager couldn't find it and has offered the job already

I've got an offer for internship at a very reputed company. But they were unable to find out the gaps I had in my academics as I dropped out from college for 3-4 years in spite of getting good grades. ...
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Is it common practice for HR departments to troll job boards looking for current employees resumes?

How common is having a manager individually, or an HR department as a whole looking for updated employee resumes on job boards? I suppose a certain amount of random crossover will happen -- ...
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How does one deal with an unresonable change in resignation policy?

When I came on board at my current employer some years ago the resignation policy was very fair. It was detailed in the employee handbook as well as at orientation. Simply you should stay for two ...
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How do I recommend a friend of mine to human resources? [duplicate]

My company is hiring for an internship and I have friend who has the qualifications and is interested in the job. I was wondering if I could give his documents to HR myself, and sell him a little bit. ...
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HR telling my manager about an interview [closed]

I have an interview for a company that has an agreement with my company not to take client's but I am only an apprentice. If the company the interview is with ask permission from my company's HR ...
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How do companies with “self-managed” employees make HR decisions?

I recently read about Morning Star Tomato. According to this video, their employees are entirely self-managed and contribute to the company in whatever way they see fit. Decisions like equipment ...
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Interview: How to respond to questions about salary?

I recently had a phone interview with a company that I had applied to. I believe it was with an HR person. She asked 1) How much do I want to make in this position I'm applying for and 2) How much do ...
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What do Toastmasters roles do for hiring?

Is it helpful to include Toastmasters on your resume? Do HR people care about that? If so, what should you include? The awards you've achieved? The roles and jobs (e.g., club president) you had? Do ...
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Resignation - My replacement discussed in my presence

I resigned from my current job. Hoping things will stay quiet (which it never does) and I accept that, things have become quite awkward. Firstly, my boss came to me, asking me to give exact details ...
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How much should I insist on a job? [closed]

I would love to have a certain job in another company, they did the initial phone interview and then nothing happened from there. I think I'm not very good at interviews, not because I get too ...
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what to do when there are rumors of firing employees on their increment day

I am working for a company which opened its regional office in my country since last year. I started 11 months ago and I was told by HR that company has bright future and it values its employees by ...
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Unable to mingle with coworkers even after a couple of years

I am a test engineer, and have switched my company a couple of years back. I had a very good rapport with people in my team, during the five years I worked in a previous company. However, the ...
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In Europe, what can HR people really see about job applicants?

Online information divides roughly into 3 categories: What I advertise to prospective employers (e.g. StackOverflow, Xing, LinkedIn) What is available about me under my real name, but isn't ...
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Is it appropriate to show Prior Offer Statements and Benefits from other companies to push for extra vacation time?

I work work a programmer in IT in a ~100 people company. My company offers 2 weeks of vacation days. Due to various personal, family, and lifestyle circumstances I have the need to request an ...
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How to deal with understanding the reason behind a layoff and capturing unsaid signs / issues that could have been a reason for the same

I have been laid off, and I am really trying to understand the reasons / reasoning behind it. Below is the context: We knew before hand that our company is going to do the process of layoffs. As a ...
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Can micromanaging issue could be brought up as an ethical issue? [closed]

“Micromanagement is a personality aberration of insecure individuals.” — Susan K. O’Brien, organizational specialist “One micromanager can do more damage to an organization than termites in ...
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HR asking me to fill a form with my personal details for the office's directory, but I don't want to share my cell phone number with coworkers

I don't mind giving my personal information to the HR staff, but they want to publish my residential and cell phone number in the office directory. I don't have a residential phone, and I am not ...
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At what point is it unacceptable for a company to not have anyone in a human resources role? [closed]

I work for a small company that is part of a closely-related group of small companies that are owned by the same handful of people. Between these 3-4 companies, there are maybe a total of 20-30 ...
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770 views

Difference Between Increment and appraisal [closed]

Am facing a issue in my office. Which is the salary hike. one year have been completed in office for me. I asked HR about the salary increment. BUT he is saying like it will be done in Appraisal. Am ...
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how long should I wait to hear back? [duplicate]

I went to a job interview for a factory. (This is going to get confusing so bare with me) I applied for a machine operator, and they interviewed me for a line worker. Well after looking over my resume ...
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HR Rep helping me left the company with no word

I am unsure of how to progress on this matter: Four weeks ago I initially interviewed with an HR representative for 30 minutes. I updated her one week later as a courtesy e-mail informing her I had ...
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How does one get past HR Gatekeepers? [closed]

I am looking for a new job but, it seems to be a complete lottery in terms of getting past the recruitment gatekeepers. It seems that, if you ask 5 HR consultants what should be on a CV, you'll ...
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How detailed are employers in background checks? [closed]

I understand that employers will check employment and academic history including the dates. But does anyone know if they will check the specific projects/tasks that you mention in your resume? Is ...
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How should I reply to an email which feels unprofessional after declining a technical interview/test?

I recently got a telephone call regarding a new opportunity. We scheduled a technical Android test completion date on the coming Sunday/Monday. The other party asked me how much I was getting paid ...