Two HR Blondes … Laughing it up!

November 11, 2009

Advice from a Blonde: Avoid Brown-Nosing

Filed under: Advice from a Blonde,Crazy Coworkers,HRDiva — hrblondes @ 9:02 am

About two months ago, my boss resigned from the company to pursue another opportunity.  Well, on Monday, the new guy showed up. 

It isn’t surprising that the people in the office that never work are the ones that are on top of everything this week and shoving their nose so far up the new boss’s butt that I am pretty sure they can no longer see daylight.  But it’s only a matter of time before the honeymoon period wears off and he sees them for who they are —- slackers who have nothing better to do than tattle on people who make a small mistake (when they don’t ever make mistakes because they are not technically responsible for doing anything — therefore, can always blame someone else for a mistake when it happens). 

Brown-nosing is never a good idea.  You know why?  Because eventually the person you are sucking up to will see right through everything you have done, and you’ll look like the idiot! 

I can’t wait for that day to come …. it’s going to be fabulous. 

– HRDiva


November 4, 2009

Playing Dirty

Filed under: Crazy Coworkers,HRDiva — hrblondes @ 10:20 am

Why do people who have nothing to do with something — or have no business working on something — always tend to get their hands into something??

It’s on ….. like Donkey Kong! 










November 3, 2009

Grumpy Old Men

Filed under: Crazy Coworkers — hrblondes @ 3:24 pm

GrumpyNumber 1 thing that brings me down in my work day: Grumpies! I wish those who woke up on the wrong side of the bed- stayed in bed!

I’m not even going to pretend. I hate mornings and I’m usually not ready to be social until 11 am after my breakfast and two cups of coffee! However, when I’m in a great mood don’t roll your grumpiness on me! C’mon, have some common sense. Why make the HR girl grumpy when she is the one that controls your paycheck-? duh!

This is what happened…and this is what happens every Tuesday. Today is payroll day and it is this way EVERY week. One of my bosses feels the need to ask me every Tuesday around noon if I’ve, “pressed the button” yet? My first month here I thought it was a cute joke, but he’s being serious. I always smile politely and tell him, no sir, I won’t be printing until tomorrow (like every week). He then goes on with questions on what and who are the hold up. My boss is an older man, so, many times I can’t understand a damn thing he is saying. It comes out in jibberish. All I know is that he somehow isn’t happy with me. My fingers are working a mile a minute and on a good week I still don’t print checks until Wed. morning. Hopefully, he’ll retire soon because it seems that he comes into the office just to sign these darn checks and make my Tuesdays miserable!

My only hope is that I’m not grumpy when I’m old. Amen.


Advice from a Blonde: How NOT to Call in Sick

Filed under: Advice from a Blonde,Calling Out,HRDiva,Icky — hrblondes @ 11:19 am

What ever happened to just calling in “sick” and not telling everyone and their brother your business?  Well, apparently just calling in sick doesn’t happen anymore.  Here is a synopsis of two messages I received today from employees who won’t be in today …..


Hi, this is [name removed].  I won’t be in today because I am …. [cough cough] …. not feeling well.  I will be in  …… [cough cough …. hack …. spit out a loogie] …… later this week. 

Completely disgusting!  Who hacks up a loogie and spits it out while leaving a voice mail?? 


Hi, this is [name removed] and my manager is [name removed].  I just wanted to let you know that I would not be in today due to loose bowels and vomiting. 

GROSS!  Ever heard of a thing called TMI?  If not, this is the definition!




November 2, 2009

Calling in Sick

Filed under: Crazy Coworkers,HRDiva — hrblondes @ 10:06 am

Do you have that one employee in your office that is a complete pain? 

You know who I am talking about ….

The one that thinks that everyone likes them, but in actuality nobody does …..

The one that everyone talks about behind their back (and not in a good way) ….

Yeah, that person. 

We have that person at our office (as I am sure that everyone does).  But this case is so extreme, yet so sad because they have no idea that nobody likes them! 

It’s relatively funny to hear the stories about this person that get spread around and listen to the things that they do that don’t make any sense at all.  One would think that if nobody ever just stopped by your office to say a quick hello, or told you about a personal story every once in a while, you’d get the hint that you’re not one of the more liked people in the office, but apparently that doesn’t get absorbed by this one. 

And I know about not being liked …. I’m the HR Manager in a call center for christ’s sake!  However, I make it a point to put myself on the same level as each and every employee here …. I listen to their problems, and come up with solutions!  I hear them when they talk about their family issues, and help them work through them so they can get through life AND a day at the office. 

It’s funny how calm our office is today.  This person called in sick this morning and it’s interesting how the whole personality of the office has lifted and seems to be happier and more carefree than yesterday. 

I love my job …. Especially on days like today when the extra stress that comes along with it calls in sick. 

– HRDiva


October 30, 2009

Advice from a Blonde

Filed under: Advice from a Blonde,BlondeAmbition — hrblondes @ 1:58 pm

Funny thing. One of my friends at work wants my advice on what to wear tonight for a hot date. Best bet: short skirt and low cut shirt! lol. I would not classify myself as fashionable, but I like to look cute regardless if I’m lying around the house or going out into public. Single worst thing a woman could do is let themselves go. This isn’t for a man this is for yourself. When you start letting go you forget who you are.

One of the main calls I get at work are folks looking for a job. I can not tell you how sad it makes me when I get calls that sound so desperate. On more than a couple of occasions I have heard someone say, “the economy is really bad and I need work.” This just makes me feel bad for you. Maybe job seekers should try a different method such as, “During this recession I have had time to refocus my goals and I think I will be a great asset to your company please contact me if you begin hiring. ” I try to relate my work to everyday issues. Women imparticular who let themselves go at home will show that in the workplace. So my advice…pay attention to the small details…it may help in more ways than one.



Filed under: HRDiva,Nicknames — hrblondes @ 11:57 am

I found out the other day that the people in my office have multiple nicknames for me.  When I heard this, I wasn’t sure if I should be flattered or offended.  I also heard through the grapevine that they open chat rooms each day specifically dedicated to giving status updates of when I am out on the support floor. 

I always thought it was weird when people would pop up out of their cubicles like jack-in-the-boxes when I was walking the floor …. Now I know why. 

Apparently the most commonly-used name for me is “wooty” …. In other words, “white girl with a booty.”  I couldn’t believe it!  But, what can you do?  I guess it’s just a good idea to laugh it off and let the good times roll.  

 – HRDiva  

October 29, 2009

Welcome to my World

Filed under: HRDiva — hrblondes @ 8:52 pm

Being an HR manager isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. All day long, you get employees that argue with you, people who complain about their paycheck, sales people who try to sell you stuff you don’t need, and managers that bring crazy stuff to your attention on an hourly basis.

But, there are highlights to being the HR manager in a call center of 300+ employees. One of the best parts of my job is the stories that come with it. From the crazy to the downright hilarious, there are some great ones that pop up every once in a while.

So, sit back, grab a glass of wine (if you’re not breaking HR policy and visiting personal websites while at work), and enjoy!

– HRDiva

Lets talk about Me!

Filed under: BlondeAmbition — hrblondes @ 5:58 pm

Question: Have you ever been driving home after work and have a random thought about your day and then have an outburst of laughter? I do this on a regular basis. Mainly, because I am the energetic one in the office, the one they call “vibrant” whatever that means and I constantly leave the office saying to myself, “why did I tell my coworkers that story?”

I think this may have to do with my morning cups of coffee. I can’t start my day without at least 2 cups! When a new hire comes to me during the 8:00 hour they are most likely not going to get hired mainly because I don’t like you if you bothered me this early! I wish I could put a sign on my desk that reads: Do Not Bother Me Until 11, Hormonal and will SNAP!

The coffee, however, does help! In fact, it gives me so much energy that I end up telling my coworkers all about my life including, but not limited to, my family, friends, and problems. This ends up leaving me with thoughts of guilt as I leave work…did I say too much?

Needless to say, if I didn’t tell them stories and keep them guessing about my life outside of work, life in the office would be so boring. That is probably a little vain on my part. I’ll just think what I want: “I am the most interesting one of all in the office” lol. Maybe I just say what they wanted to say, but they didn’t have the balls? Yeah I like that thought better.

Once I pull into my driveway I always let out a sigh of relief. Just exhausted from all that talking, typing, and oh yeah working! Lucky for my significant other my caffeine intake has finally hit me. He doesn’t have to listen to my rough day in the office! ha He gets the sweet side of me…lying on the couch while he rubs my head (that barely happens anymore unless I beg!). He would disagree about the sweet side too, but this is my blog and I will say what I want!


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