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Rue Dooley, SHRM-SCP has been an HR Knowledge Advisor for SHRM for over 20 years and has plenty of HR experience as a practitioner and consultant. Rue has daily direct contact with HR professionals around the world, helping them to create solutions, to improve systems, and to find and use resources that improve the delivery of the HR function. Rue has authored and co-authored numerous articles on a variety of subjects; conducted webcasts and podcasts; created videos, and has been quoted in various media outlets. 


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Articles by Rue Dooley



People are often uncomfortable with differences and try to prove that we are all the same. They ask me questions like:

Aren’t we all just humans after all?

February 18, 2016



Here’s why:

1.     They’re rarely done right! Anything done consistently wrong is making something else worse.  If you wear your shoes on the wrong feet all the time, you ruin the shoes AND your instep…and maybe your back… (Don’t ask me how I know.)   Ice skating on your knees is not ice skating. It’s just embarrassing! Doing it wrong is worse than not doing it at all.

February 17, 2016



It finally happened…to me.

I’ve heard about this before. I’ve seen it on TV shows. There’ve even been many different news accounts of this sort of thing. It happens almost everywhere people work. It’s annoying. It’s loathsome, abhorrent, despicable, and just plain wrong.

February 12, 2016




Don’t do it!

There are 24 hours in a day. More than ten are spent sleeping, eating, and commuting. Another 10 are spent at work. That leaves less than 4 hours for the rest of our lives.

Our coworkers generally get more of our time than our families and loved ones. They tend to become our “families” and…wait for it…our ”loved ones.”

February 7, 2016


Which are you?

  • Leader
  • Follower
  • Nuisance

Leaders don’t manage! Leaders Inspire, influence, and innovate. Let that sink in.

February 5, 2016


As a freshman accounting major in the illustrious School of Business and Industry (SBI) at Florida A&M University (FAMU), Dr. Auzenne taught me that achieving success in business required three things: Performance, Image, and Exposure – PIE. Done right, in proper proportions, the individual can achieve great success both in business and in other dimensions of life.

P – Performance

February 4, 2016


Okay, there’s discrimination, then there’s discrimination. has these 3 definitions.

February 3, 2016


If you ever wondered about the impact of clothes, read this.

I wear hoodies (a sweatshirt with a hood) because they are comfortable, and have they a built-in hat.

I wear sweater vests, because they soften my image…I think.

January 31, 2016

Sometimes, employers have to send hourly workers on trips, and then get all stupefied because they don’t know how to pay them. They either think that they have to pay them for 24 hours a day while traveling or that they can pay them the same amount they’d always paid them.  Truth is both could be true depending on the circumstances.

Those are abnormal circumstances. Here’s what most employers need to know.

January 29, 2016

By show of hands, does your employer care about your work-life balance?

Okay, wait. I can’t see whether you’re showing your hand.

By commenting below, please indicate whether your employer encourages you to achieve and maintain work-life balance.

January 28, 2016


“If we do it for one employee, we have to do it for all!”

This is not necessarily true!

Consistency is a good thing. Don’t get me wrong. Consistency is the right thing to do. Consistency supports equity and impartiality. Consistency reduces administrative mistakes. Consistency reduces administrative work in general. I’m all for consistency.

January 27, 2016

The winter season, especially when it snows, uncovers certain familiar things, like snow blowers, snow shovels, gravel-like salt, muscle strain, power outages, and questions about the effects of inclement weather on pay.

One common question managers have after a heavy snowfall goes like this.

“If we close due to bad weather conditions, and employees cannot get to work, do we have to pay them?”

January 25, 2016


People are funny.

Here’s an example of a common question and the funny corresponding uncommon exchange.

Client: “Rue, if there is a state law and a federal law, how do I know which one applies to us?”

Me: “Both apply.”

Client: “Well which one do I comply with?”

Me: “You must comply with both.”

Client: “How can I comply with two laws at the same time?”

January 23, 2016


Most frequently, we draw firm conclusions about people based solely on what our experience has taught us. While that is normal and often reasonable, what we see is not always what we get.

January 21, 2016


True story!

A good friend of mine was a managing a finance department in a large pharmaceutical company and had two Latina employees in her department who used to communicate with each other in Spanish.

My finance-manager friend, slightly older and a bit more educated than these two employees of hers, called me to ask if she could MANDATE that they speak in English - and only English - while at work!

January 18, 2016



Sorry folks. That title is misleading. I did that to get your attention.

I also did it to explain a misconception.

Many employers are convinced that by electing to pay an employee a salary, they can actually eliminate their burden of overtime pay. That is flatly wrong. Wrong like “Cheech and Kong.”

Sometimes, non-exempt employees – employees who must be paid overtime – are paid salaries. They still have to get OT. 

January 15, 2016