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.

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



Carolyn Boyes - Thursday, February 26, 2015

For the Baby Boomers out there, we all know Aretha Franklin’s song Respect. The basic lyrics are: when you come home, all I’m askin’ for is a little respect. I was watching an episode of Chicago Fire recently and an interim Fire Chief was teasing a firefighter in front of his fellow firefighters. It was not respectful. The firefighter, although embarrassed and humiliated, chose to grin and bear it.  …read more


Are Your Employees Happy in Their Job?

Carolyn Boyes - Monday, February 09, 2015

Employees who are happy in their job will be more productive. But isn’t their happiness out of your control as a manager? No! As a manager, you have everything to do with how happy your employees are. Studies have shown that the main reason people leave their jobs is because of their manager.  …read more


Does HR Have a Nickname For You?

Carolyn Boyes - Friday, January 23, 2015

Are you tweedy bird guy? Or are you the lettuce thrower? The whiner or the winery? Or worse yet, the creepy stalker or the paranoid conspiracy girl?  …read more






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