Laurie Ruettimann

Laurie Ruettimann is a former HR leader turned influential speaker, writer, and social media strategist. You may know her as the creator of The Cynical Girl and Punk Rock HR, which Forbes named as a top 100 website for women. Laurie is a contributing editor for The Conference Board Review; a contributor to the TalentSpace blog and Business Insider; an advisor to SmartBrief on Workforce; and her advice has been featured in a wide variety of publications. Laurie is also recognized as one of the Top 5 career advisors by CareerBuilder and CNN.

Articles by Laurie Ruettimann

HR Insights

It’s Sad But True: Don’t Expect to Get a Thank You in HR

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I am coaching a young HR leader who reports to a founder/CEO.

She doesn’t have a mentor or a direct supervisor. She is leading an unusually big project for a woman her age. I have been hired to help guide her through the next few months. It is a neat assignment.

This woman is tough and focused. She is working with men who are nice enough to hire a coach on her behalf but not always nice enough to say please and thank you.

For some reason, this matters to my client. Read more…

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Is Unlimited PTO Really Just a Big Fat Corporate Lie?

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A few years ago, I worked for a marketing and consulting firm that hired me as a Director to build a big book of business.

Since it was a smaller firm, the cash compensation was on the lower end of the spectrum; however, they offered a competitive commission package and unlimited PTO.

I told my husband about the offer, and he said, “There’s no such thing as unlimited PTO, Laur. That means that you can’t get fired if you never come work.”

I said, “Why do you have to be like that?” (True story. Marriage. Good grief.) Read more…

Classic TLNT

Performance Management Is Simple: You Either Work Hard, or You Don’t

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HR ladies secretly love to write performance improvement plans.

Let’s face it — performance problems are exciting. No matter how it ends, HR looks like it is making an impact on the company. And you get to use your lawyer voice!

(Why the hell did I earn my SPHR if I can’t play lawyer?) Read more…

Classic TLNT

Are You Googling Job Candidates? When You Do, Everyone Loses

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Years ago, I asked HR professionals to stop Googling candidates.

In short, it is dumb and lazy.

It is an unreliable and invalid way of discerning a candidate’s knowledge, skills and abilities. And I believe it might be an illegal hiring practice, although there is no legal decision or class action lawsuit against an employer in America to test that theory. Read more…

HR Insights, Recruiting and Staffing

Is Zappos Zapping of Job Listings Really Smart – or Fair?

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I’m a fan of Zappos.

I like the customer service model. I like their blog. I visited their headquarters near Las Vegas before most people knew the company existed.

Unfortunately, I am not a fan of their new hiring strategy, which asks applicants to join a social network, called Zappos Insiders, where they will network with current employees and demonstrate their passion for the company — in some cases publicly — in hopes that recruiters will tap them when jobs come open. Read more…

Classic TLNT

The 5 Attributes of a Great Human Resources Department

HR is all about showing the executive team the value you bring.

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There’s lots of talk about bad and ineffective HR.

Some say that the antidote to bad HR is to create some hyper-vigilant, technology-driven department of super nerds who obsess about big data and organizational psychology.

I hate that. Read more…

HR Insights

Work-Life Balance: It’s About Choices and the Life You Really Want

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I am just back from a great vacation where I spent Mother’s Day on a beach. That’s the kind of life you have when you are a writer who covers work, life and cats.

Mother’s Day always prompts a superficial and short-lived national discussion on motherhood, work, and the challenges facing the modern family.

Nobody wants to talk about stupid and uncompetitive human resources policies that hurt the global workforce. We just want to talk about mythical suburban moms who are overwhelmed and want a nap. Read more…

HR Insights

The Bossy Factor: Great Hiring Means Going Beyond College Frat Brothers

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I don’t know much about fraternities.

I am too young to have seen Animal House and Revenge of the Nerds, and I was well into my HR career by the time Mark Zuckerberg came around and tried to democratize campus life through technology.

I just assume that most fraternities are full of young dudes who want to get their drink on. That sounds right, doesn’t it? Read more…

Best of TLNT

The Biggest Challenges Facing HR Today

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Editor’s note: TLNT is continuing an annual tradition by counting down the most popular posts of the year. This is No. 30. Our regular content will return next Monday.

Last week, I told you what it takes to be a conference speaker. This week, I want to tell you about some of the things I talk about when I am on the road.

When a technology company brings its customers together, it’s called a user conference. They can’t just spend 48 hours talking about learning software and HRIS systems, so they bring me in for entertainment.

Sometimes, I am the main act. Sometimes, they bring in a celebrity to be the main act and I’m just an “expert” who sits on a panel.

Either way, I get paid and the cats eat. Everyone wins. Read more…

Best of TLNT

The 5 Attributes of a Great Human Resources Department

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Editor’s note: TLNT is continuing an annual tradition by counting down the most popular posts of the year. This is No. 46. Our regular content will return in January.

Lots of talk about bad and ineffective HR.

Some say that the antidote to bad HR is to create some hyper-vigilant, technology-driven department of super nerds who obsess about big data and organizational psychology.

I hate that.

And it’s not realistic. Read more…