Resolve NOT to Make a New Year’s Resolution in 2012

It’s as natural as the circle of life. With each flip of the calendar year, many of us resolve to improve ourselves – to drop bad habits, to start good ones, or to find a way to make the world a better place. While these intentions are certainly noble, they’re also likely doomed from the… Read more »

Training on a Shoestring for Middle Tennessee Employers

In times like these, how can you afford employee training? Given our country’s current economic situation, many managers and HR professionals like you understandably struggle with training expenditures.  Should you cancel upcoming classes?  Postpone all your plans until a brighter tomorrow?  While these solutions may seem attractive to your bottom line, they are probably too… Read more »

What Employee Turnover Really Costs Your Company

Employee turnover is inevitable, and while sometimes it can be useful, losing good performers costs you both directly and indirectly. Studies have estimated direct turnover costs per employee to be 25-30% of an individual employee’s salary/benefits package, with hidden costs inflating that figure substantially. How much does turnover cost your company? How to Estimate Turnover Costs… Read more »

Upcoming Interview? Ideas for Making a Positive, Lasting First Impression

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Research by Princeton psychologists Janine Willis and Alexander Todorov reveals that all it takes is a tenth of a second to form an impression of a stranger from his face, and that longer exposures don’t significantly alter those impressions (although they might boost your… Read more »

Recruiting and Interviewing Technology is Changing Rapidly – Is Your Company Keeping Pace?

Recruiting and interviewing technology is changing rapidly.  Is your company keeping pace? Online postings used to be the most cutting-edge way to connect with potential job candidates.  Recent advances in technology (including smart phones, tablets, social media and free online video technology), however, have dramatically changed our recruiting landscape. While job boards should remain part… Read more »

Quick Tips to Motivate Your Contingent Staff

If you’re like most Middle Tennessee business owners and managers, you are using more contingent workers this time of year.  But as you bring these temporary and short-term employees in, how can you ensure you get the best return on your staffing investment? While you certainly don’t have to go out of your way to… Read more »

Diversity is Important – Here’s How to Promote It

It’s happening right now.  Somewhere in Tennessee, an employee or job applicant is experiencing workplace discrimination. While it’s true that today’s typical workplace may be generally more welcoming and accepting than one of generations past, employees continue to be excluded from certain occupations – regardless of their qualifications and experience. For these reasons and more,… Read more »

Career Tips: How to Stay Interested in Your Entry Level Job

It’s called “work” for a reason. While many of us would love to be in an exciting career with endless variety and opportunity, the truth is that our work is not nearly that glamorous.  In fact, lots of jobs – especially entry level ones – can be tedious, monotonous and even downright boring. Still, you… Read more »

Ways Middle Tennessee Employers Can Recruit and Manage Short-Term and Seasonal Workers

It’s time to put away those pumpkins and ghosts – and get ready to deck the halls again. While Thanksgiving used to mark the beginning of the “holiday rush,” retailers in Middle Tennessee (and across the country, for that matter) began setting up their holiday displays in mid-October this year.  Why?  In an effort to… Read more »

Communication Strategies for Open Enrollment Benefits

Open enrollment season is upon us.  Is your organization prepared? Although health care reform has been relatively quiet this year, an active political scene has kept rising health care costs at the media’s forefront.  This attention, coupled with an uncertain economy and a renewed corporate focus on wellness, has fueled the need for better open… Read more »