In a recent episode of A Better HR Business show, Ben spoke with Suzanne Lucas, wonderfully also known as the Evil HR Lady, a passionate HR expert based in Switzerland.

Having departed the corporate realm, Suzanne now dedicates herself to guiding individuals and organizations in optimizing their Human Resources departments. She seamlessly blends established methodologies with creative thinking and humor, employing improv comedy as a unique tool for fostering leadership development.

Suzanne Lucas

Suzanne’s insightful articles have found a home in prestigious publications such as CBS News, Inc. Magazine, Reader’s Digest, and various other platforms. Recognized as a leading influencer in HR, you can explore her extensive archives at EvilHRLady.org or delve into her Tedx Talk titled “Forget Talent and Get to Work.”

Suzanne advocates for using improv techniques in HR training and development, making learning fun and interactive. Incorporating principles of improv helps build HR skills and flexibility in dealing with unexpected situations. Laughter enhances learning, and participation in activities forces people to think and come up with solutions.

Suzanne has created a thriving Facebook group called “Evil HR Lady” with over 32,000 HR members. The group focuses on becoming the best HR community on the internet, with strict moderation to maintain high-quality discussions and support for day-to-day HR problems.

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Suzanne’s journey from corporate HR to freelance writing and consulting exemplifies the power of following your passion and building a successful career around it. Her experience as an expatriate and her transition to consulting while being a stay-at-home mom is truly inspirational.

In this episode, Suzanne shared her passion for HR and the challenges that professionals face, particularly in smaller companies with limited resources. Touching on her own career journey, she discussed her transition from freelance HR writing to speaking engagements and training, emphasizing the value of hands-on experience and understanding day-to-day HR issues.

In a wide-ranging discussion, Suzanne and Ben talked about:

  • Suzanne’s journey from corporate HR to freelance writing and consulting.
  • Key strategies for managing and building successful online communities, like the Facebook group called “Evil HR Lady” with over 32,000 HR members.
  • Suzanne‚Äôs advice for HR professionals looking to leverage their expertise and build a reputable brand in the HR industry.
  • Using comedy improv techniques to encourage innovative thinking and problem-solving in the day-to-day work – Improv Your HR.
  • Why play the “5 things” game with your team?
  • And much more.

Thanks, Suzanne!

Suzanne Lucas’ LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/suzannemlucas

Suzanne Lucas’ website: www.evilhrlady.org

Suzanne Lucas, Evil HR Lady



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