They Took My Job- Please Tell Me What to Do! [HorroR Stories] Jul24

They Took My Job- Please Tell Me What to Do! [HorroR Stories]

Dear Madame HR, I read with interest your answer a few weeks ago for someone who wanted to be laid off from their job. I have been laid off from my job and I absolutely did not want to be. I am in shock. I don’t know what to do now? Any advice? Don’t take my job—please Dear Please, Gosh, I’m sorry, and I mean that sincerely, I really do. I understand what it feels like to be suddenly separated from your job. Did you know that in some countries they call it being made “redundant?” How freaking insulting is that? I mean, it’s bad enough to lose your job, but then to have the added injury of being called redundant. It’s almost as if they are...

Why Those Evil HR People Keep Changing Your Benefits (Bonus: And Why They Hate You) [HorroR Stories] Jul11

Why Those Evil HR People Keep Changing Your Benefits (Bonus: And Why They Hate You) [HorroR Stories]

Dear Madame HR, I have a question about benefits. My company’s plan year began on July 1st and guess what? For the third year in a row they have switched our carrier again! Why do they keep doing that to us? To make matters worse, I had made a doctor’s appointment for this week with a pediatrician for my 2 young kids. It took me forever to get this appointment with this doctor at a time both me and my wife could go. Well, guess what again? I didn’t get my new insurance card in time for the appointment. When I called my HR Department to ask what to do, I literally heard the HR Manger in the background tell the person I was on the phone with...

How to Get a Job: 3 Reasons you’re not getting those entry-level positions you’re totally qualified for [HorroR Stories] Jun25

How to Get a Job: 3 Reasons you’re not getting those entry-level positions you’re totall...

Dear Madame HR, I am a recent college graduate (1 month!) and I’m having trouble finding a job. I’ve had a bunch of interviews and I’ve heard nothing. I majored in Psychology and decided not to go further in my education but instead work for a few years and see how I feel. I worked while going to school doing clerical work in the Admissions office, and had a few office type temp jobs on summer breaks, so it’s not that I have no experience. However, I send out dozens of resumes and get a few calls, but then those interviews that I do get go nowhere. Is it my major? Any tips? –Totally Employable Dear Employable, I’ve been writing this...

Take my Job–PLEASE! [HorroR Stories] Jun14

Take my Job–PLEASE! [HorroR Stories]

I have been at my company for 13 years. Things have been really bad lately and they just announced they are laying off 10% of employees by the end of the summer. They haven’t provided any other details. As I said, things have been bad, I am stressed, over worked and the whole thing is making me sick. I want to ask them to lay me off. Can I do that? Will I be denied unemployment if I do this? Should I just go on medical leave instead? Please help! –Get me out of here! Dear PLEASE, You might be surprised to hear, or maybe not, that I get this question, or a similar question, a lot. I’m guessing you are banking on two things in this...

It’s the End of the World as we Know it, but Thanks to Obamacare we’ll all Feel Fine [HorroR Stories] May30

It’s the End of the World as we Know it, but Thanks to Obamacare we’ll all Feel Fine [Ho...

I work part-time for a company and have been there for about six years. Recently, I was told by my manager that he was going to have to cut my hours because I had already worked 1,000 hours for the year and that makes me eligible for benefits. This made me stop and think that something is wrong. It doesn’t seem like I’ve worked more than usual, my schedule is pretty consistent, yet this is the first time this has come up. And, I’m not getting benefits, just my hours cut, but if I already hit the 1,000 hours mark then don’t they have to give me benefits? –I Need a Doctor   Dear Need, Short answer: probably. Let me start my long...