HR U Can Trust Blog

A blog providing trustworthy Human Resources advice to business owners, managers and employees plus the occasional LOL true story from the workplace.

Top Considerations for Business Owners in January

Carolyn Boyes - Monday, January 11, 2016

Whether you were planning to ease yourself in gently, or you’re ready to hit the ground running, there are some important considerations that need to be on your agenda over the next couple of weeks.  …read more


Three Difficult Questions You Need To Ask Yourself Before 2016

Carolyn Boyes - Monday, December 21, 2015

By now, it’s highly likely that you’ll have asked yourself the big, important, and very obvious questions about how your business measured up during the past year. You’ll know how much you increased your turnover, how many new staff you recruited, and what your goals are moving forward. Planning and reflection sessions can be hugely useful, but sometimes, it can be easy to miss the less obvious measures of what you are and aren’t achieving. If you’re serious about making 2016 a success, you need to delve a little deeper and consider the questions that probably haven’t even crossed your mind. Let’s get started right away.  …read more


How to Reward Your Staff This Christmas on a Budget

Carolyn Boyes - Monday, December 14, 2015

With Christmas creeping up on us, employees all over the country are pulling out the stops to ensure that they’re playing their part in driving sales and keeping happy customers coming back for more. In short, your staff are working hard to help you to get your business to where you want it to be. So shouldn’t you be rewarding them accordingly? Of course, this is where the age-old issue of managing a budget rears its head. In an ideal world, you could give your workers a generous cash bonus to say thank you. Sometimes though, this just isn’t possible. It’s time to consider your other options. Let’s take a look at how to reward your staff this festive season while keeping a close eye on your expenditure.   …read more


How to Nail Your 2016 HR Planning

Carolyn Boyes - Monday, December 07, 2015

Any business owner who has been around the block a few times knows the importance of using the end of the year as a chance to return to their people policies, consider the achievements and challenges of the past 12 months, and do some careful planning for the future. Keeping on top of your human resources can be tricky, but it’s also essential if you want to run a successful company.   …read more


All the Answers You Need To Your Christmas HR Questions

Carolyn Boyes - Monday, November 30, 2015

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Flip Flop Friday?!!

Carolyn Boyes - Monday, July 27, 2015

Does your place of business allow flip flops?? I bet they do if you are in California! I don’t know if it’s true (I’d love some feedback) but my sense is that many businesses that are in warm climates, allow a much more casual workplace that includes flip flops every day of the week, not just Friday. I’m picturing a company like Google where it seems, according to the press anyway, that employees show up to work in shorts and flip flops. Dress code is often highly influenced by U.S. regions and climate. Again, I don’t know if it’s true or not, but it seems like employers on the East coast (i.e. NY and East), are more formal than the Midwest.  …read more


Do you use an Employment Application from an on-line legal resource?

Carolyn Boyes - Monday, June 22, 2015

I recently reviewed a client’s employment application that they downloaded from a popular on-line legal resource. It’s a LEGAL site, so surely it’s legally accurate, right? Not necessarily…..  …read more


When HR is the Problem.....

Carolyn Boyes - Monday, May 18, 2015

HR is having an affair with the VP. HR lies straight to my face. HR has no integrity, why should I? I’m in the HR Department and I don’t trust the Sr. Leader of HR.  …read more


Words, Inflection, Tone, Facial Expression – They Are All Powerful

Carolyn Boyes - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

I was reminded yesterday as to how tender the heart of a child can be. I was volunteering at my church packing seeds to send to 3rd world countries. People plant the seeds and grow and sell vegetables for their livelihood. Each team had been given a challenge to pack 3 boxes of seeds. I don’t know the exact stats except that the entire group (multiple teams) packed a total of 50 boxes at the end of the 2 hours – which they said was equivalent to 6 million plus seeds.  …read more


How Should I Document Tweedy Bird Applicant Guy?

Carolyn Boyes - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A few blogs ago I wrote about how HR and managers can sometimes give people a nickname and how as an employee or an interview candidate, you don’t want to earn a nickname. From the hiring manager perspective, what if you are the one interviewing the guy that shows up in a tweedy bird tie? Or maybe these days the candidate shows up in shorts and flip flops.   …read more






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