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So I have this friend who works for a software company that is trying to find new and innovative ways to locate potential employees (mostly developers). She's not a geek, so she asks me for some suggestions on how to attract the attention of my fellow geeks who might be looking for a job.

Naturally I say... start a blog!! of course. There aren't all that many female geek bloggers (in comparison) and the ones I've seen on GWB tend to be fairly well received. We're a mostly courteous bunch after all.

I go on to tell her about how it would be cool to see a blog from someone in recruiting, talking about the various challenges they face in trying to get quality people. What a cool company she works for... miscellaneous geeky stuff, etc.

So she mistakenly takes my advice, starts up a blog, cranks out all of ONE post and gets slammed by her employer because some VP saw it and was *concerned*. Her HR department tells her she has to remove it due to some archaic policy forbidding blogging. These are the very same people she was trying to help, by finding new and innovative ways to do her job.

So I'm wondering... what kind of HR idiocy have other folks faced in their careers?

When I was at {previous company}... idiocy was rampant. I'll go into mucho details in a later post.

Share your horror stories in the comments section, but try to not name names unless absolutely necessary. Posted on Wednesday, September 7, 2005 6:12 AM General Interest | Back to top



Comments on this post: stupid HR tricks... part 1

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Maybe the VP was offended by the number of spelling mistakes she made. Reflects bad on the company, you know!

;-)
Left by S on Sep 07, 2005 12:19 PM

# re: stupid HR tricks... part 1
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I suppose anything is possible.
Left by Blogus Maximus on Sep 07, 2005 12:20 PM

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