Questions tagged [human-resources]

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 can contribute to an organization. Likewise, other terms sometimes used include "manpower", "talent", "labor" or simply "people".

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How to react to HR's mandate of work week hours? [closed]

When the HR was giving the induction presentation around three months back for the post of trainee at a Software company to me, I explicitly asked them what are the timings? HR: We bill our clients ...
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Should I call the interviewer directly, if HR aren't responding? [duplicate]

I had a first round telephonic interview with a company - I thought the interview went very well and I was hoping to hear back from them by now, but I haven't received any call yet. Whenever I call ...
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Late to work because of my small child

I've worked for this company for 6 years. I just started a month and a half ago, at an office in the circulation department. I came in late 2 days in a row due to dropping my two-year-old at my mom'...
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Have I acted unprofessionally by sharing photos from a work's night out?

To give you some context, the business I work for an I enjoyed a post-New Year night out, paid for and sponsored by the business as a thank you for the previous year and to get people motivated for ...
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What do HR departments think of for-profit universities such as University of Phoenix? [closed]

I'm working a full-time job and career with a family and would like to finish up my degree in computer science. What do most HR departments think of graduates from University of Phoenix (which is ...
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Why is the company refusing to pay me more than my manager?

This happened some time ago as I was working for a small company that was later acquired by a giant multinational company. The small company used to be run by a single owner who had no rules for ...
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who to go to when the problem is HR?

About 3 months ago we got a new HR director, and since then there's been a few negative encounters with her. A month ago, I went to her office to sign some paperwork. When I asked a question, she ...
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Unofficial meeting during house hunting trip

I will start a new job in a month. I just came to the city yesterday (where I will work) for house-hunting, and I am staying at a hotel very close to my office location. I will be here for three days ...
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Am I allowed to perform a background check in one employee in Germany

We are in a Software company, and I am managing a development team. One of our senior developers has shown a weird performance, making simple mistakes, and lacking some knowledge on basic topics. I ...
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Great CEO with horrible management style

I'm a relatively inexperienced HR professional. I've been with my organization for 1 year and have a situation that I feel very positive about, but am unclear about my next steps. Here is a little ...
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Dealing With Illegal Hiring [closed]

For background I am Detention Supervisor In a small max security detention center. This means I am not part of the hiring process but am in charge of whoever is hired. Recently our administrator ...
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Former employer sent my W2 to a third party. What are my rights? [closed]

I received a letter today from my former employer. I haven't worked for them for more than 2 years. They discovered recently that an undisclosed number of W2s were sent to a third party. I'm being ...
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Ending the interview in the middle of it because of feeling offended by level of question

An interviewee decided to end the interview in the middle of it because he felt insulted by the level of some of the questions that had been asked. would you hire him? Some background: What happened ...
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How many thank you letters during interview process?

I have just completed an interview, and sent a thank you email to the hiring manager and the president of the company. They were both in the interview. If I have a second interview, do I send another ...
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I am a software contractor and I had to be hospitalized for several days for a mental health condition, now I might lose my job

Basically, past Sunday night I informed my manager via e-mail that I was admitting myself to the hospital. I'd rather not say the exact symptoms but I was not thinking correctly or safely. I have ...
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After suffering personal loss manager has become inappropriate

This is a follow up of a post I made a few weeks ago because unfortunately things have escalated. So the summary of what has occured; I was in a job for a week when my manager suffered a close ...
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Can I reject a change to my employment contract with an on call clause? - UK

I've worked for few years for an IT company as software developer, the new management wants to amend all our contracts to introduce an on call clause. In other words it means that all developers are ...
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I'm witnessing racial discrimination/favoritism- how do I report it?

I'm an off-shift chemist in a manufacturing plant. I work closely with a group of process workers, 90% of which are minorities. It seems like the African American and Hispanic workers are always ...
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Do people being interviewed need to be informed they are part of an investigation?

I'm looking for some guidance, hopefully from a HR professional but any advice is appreciated; for context, this is in the UK so will be subject to our laws/guidelines. I, along with many colleagues ...
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If I don't have a relieving letter from a job, should I exclude those years worked from my total experience?

I started working as a software engineer for an MNC in India, right out of college. After working there for almost 2 years, I resigned and left the company without serving the notice period. I did not ...
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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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Possible fraudulent mail received regarding employee benefits

I am a relatively new employee and I'm only several weeks into my new job. Today I received a letter in the mail regarding my employee benefits account being successfully set up, the particular type ...
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Risks involved in fraternizing with subordinate, and how to manage them? [duplicate]

Let's get this out of the way first: sensibility says the answer is going to be "the safest option is to not let it happen in the first place". I'm fully aware, and already considering that as an ...
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What should I write in an apology letter, since I have decided not to join a company after accepting an offer letter

I had accepted an offer letter from an employer 45 days ago, but now I got another (better) offer letter from a different company. Now I am wondering, what should I write in a letter to HR at the ...
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How should I handle me and my car being mistaken for someone else with the same car who behaves inappropriately?

A colleague working in a different apartment has the exact same car as I have (same model and color and the only two of the brand at my office). The only difference is the chairs, but I understand ...
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If you must report incriminating information about a 3rd party to HR, should you do so anonymously?

If you noticed improper behavior at work, ranging from petty theft of office supplies to deliberate, willful manipulation of a company's financial statement, and you decided to report it to HR, should ...
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How can communicate effectively the need for HR to correct my Tax Withholding?

I was recently married and filed a new W4 form (federal US tax withholdings). I checked "Married but Withhold at Single Rate" meaning that my withholdings should be the same as when I was filing as a ...
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Why would recruiters ask “How much would you like to earn?” if the initial pay for all employees is the same?

I've recently been to an interview for a company that had a set pay amounts for each "level" of employees that is based mainly on the amount of time spent with the company. This basically meant that ...
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Fraudulent job applications with no discernible purpose. Have you ever seen them? Any idea of the motive? [closed]

Our company recently received two job applications into our applicant tracking system within a minute of each other. If we had looked at either of these applications in isolation, we would have been ...
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Translating research into a resume

I am a pure mathematics undergraduate at an American school interested in pursuing internships in quantitative finance. The past few summers I have worked at various universities doing NSF-sponsored ...
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When taking leave for major depressive disorder, how can I best protect my rights in event of termination? [closed]

I have a long history of major depressive disorder. I've been under a psychiatrist's care and we have determined a Family Medical Leave Absence is necessary immediately. I work for a smallish ...
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I accessed my boss's private Facebook messages, and found out she is trying to fire me. How do I proceed? [closed]

I had been asked to do a bit of social media work. I gained access to my boss's personal Facebook messages, since the business page is linked to it. I have been having a rough time at work, and went ...
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Finding Out About Having To Pay Large Expenses Upfront

I work in the IT field and I just started working at a new company. One of the requirements of the job (which I view as a positive benefit) is to travel around the world handling client migrations. ...
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Approving claims although subordinate didn't drive

I'm in such a dilemma now. A little background of this department. There are 2 teams in this department. I'm a team leader for team A, and there's another team leader for team B. Both of teams are ...
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Boss making me do inappropriate punishments at work [closed]

I have been working for this couple of investors for around 18 months. The set up is, these two people will buy small online businesses and I will run these businesses from a single office. Currently ...
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My job didn't inform me the hospital called to tell me my husband was admitted. Can I take action against them? [closed]

My husband starting feeling sick at work around 9am. His boss let him leave. He went to urgent care, and from there he was taken to the hospital. When he was admitted, the nurse let him know that she ...
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HR have lost important Identity document

To give some back ground, I'm English, working in France for a company of around 60 people and have been here for around 7 months. I am in the process of applying for various administrative things (...
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Internal application to a senior role blocked by HR

I have applied to a Senior position within my company. Unfortunately, I have been told that the HR department has stopped my application as it would be considered as a promotion. When I tried to ...
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Soft-skills… how and why?

Intro: I'm originally a physicist, and I love programming since my childhood (primarily C++). After finishing my PhD in physics, I did a post-doctoral fellowship in a university for 2 years, where in ...
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How to reject a candidate whilst allowing, in the future, that they will be accepting of future offers?

I am recruiting developers for my team, and there is this nice candidate that I cannot make an offer to now, because I have proceeded with another candidate. However, in the future, we may have more ...
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How common is a Scent Free workplace, and how can we clearly define the policy?

I am a member of the Joint Health & Safety Committee in the company that I work for, and we are currently looking at some Air Quality complaints stemming from the overuse of Cologne and Perfumes. ...
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Should I give recruiter my DOB and last four digits of SSN?

This site has had similar questions about giving private information to recruiters but I haven't seen this particular case. When I'm cold-called by an recruitment agency about a job, and I agree to ...
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Human Resources Complaint About Hiring Process

Background: Recently I have had a job interview for a position at my company. I work at the company as a contractor currently and applied for a full time position. Lots of coworkers along with myself ...
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Why cap paid time off rollover?

Every place I have worked has capped the amount of paid time off employees are allowed to roll over to a new calendar year. In many cases it's a "use it or lose it" scenario, where accrued time is ...
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Can an administrative assistant take on the roles of morale building and team building?

In my company, we have an administrative assistant who does not have a sophisticated degree, and whose experience is in doing data entry and simple bookkeeping. I am considering having her take on ...
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What should I do if the HR of the company behaves this way?

So I got a call from a junior HR of a reputed company regarding a job opportunity that required my skills, they asked about my current CTC(cost-to-company) and my expectations. I gave them a number x ...
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What's the difference between a MTA (Mandatory Time Away) and Vacations?

I'm working for a global company for over than 5 years and I'm still not quite sure if the term MTA (Mandatory Time Away) is common across other companies and, if so, if it means the same as a ...
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Good interview gone bad - but don't know why? [closed]

Had a job interview to replace an IT Manager and this was quite hush-hush for the company. Their current IT Manager wasn't to know he was on the way out... ok. However when I came in for the first ...
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Unofficial telecommuting brings the envy of colleagues. What if there is an HR confrontation?

Original post from Jan 2016: I'm a contracts manager for a public biopharmaceutical company. We do not have a work-from-home policy absent inclement weather. I'm not a lawyer by training but spend ...
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How to deal with a weeping co-worker

My co-worker weeps due to their family problems at office. They don't seek privacy. I don't intervene because I don't think it is my place to ask about their problems when they are not willing to ...