[Navigating Difficult Conversations] Inter-Employee Conflicts

Managing Employee Conflict | Workplace Conflict Resolution

As a manager, effective ways to handle employee conflict are a mandatory part of your day. Hopefully, your workplace is full of individuals who consistently challenge each other to think differently and be their very best. Unfortunately, in this same kind of productive and stimulating work environment, you will also encounter the occasional employee scuffle.… Read more »

[Navigating Difficult Conversations] Dress Code Violations

Dress codes are common in most workplaces. The way your employees present themselves is a direct reflection of your business and can impact your reputation. Depending on the nature of your business, a dress code can be more relaxed, or more strict if you’re meeting regularly with clients. A dress code can also keep your… Read more »

Managing Emotions in the Workplace: How to Effectively Manage a Team with Different Personalities

Diversity is the key to a successful business. It just makes sense—if all your employees think the same way, there may be harmony, but there won’t be much innovation. Disruption and the willingness to challenge the status quo are what allows a company to grow and adapt to the changing world around it. Therefore, it’s… Read more »

Why Work with a Locally Owned Middle Tennessee Staffing Firm?

When it comes to staffing in Middle Tennessee, you have lots of options. Why work with a locally owned Middle TN staffing agency? Here are a few reasons why it makes sense for your business to “shop local” and partner with Wood Personnel Services: We know the market. Wood Personnel Services has been a part… Read more »

Three Steps to Becoming the Leader You Wish You Were

Becoming a Better Leader in Nashville Tennessee

What comes to mind when you think of a good leader? You might call to mind a person whom employees admire and respect, with qualities that inspire people to do and be the same. The best leaders are influential because they show those around them what it means to have depth of character and good… Read more »

[Navigating Difficult Conversations] Performance Evaluations and Demotions

Discussing a demotion with an employee can be a challenging conversation. This situation is often seen as negative, especially if it’s related to a reduction in pay. It’s important to prepare for this conversation to help it go as smoothly as possible, and most critical to present it as positively as possible to be respectful… Read more »

Navigating Difficult Conversations: Salary/Raise Negotiations

Discussing Salary Negotiations with Employees

Talking with employees about money can be an awkward conversation to have. Still, it’s a topic you will eventually need to cover. Raises, promotions and bonuses are part of the compensation package at many companies, and of course before they happen, you need to let employees know. With practice and the right skills, you can ease the pressure of conversations about… Read more »

How to React to an Employee Who Visibly “Just Needs a Minute” to Regroup

Helping Employee that is Stressed

Some employees handle stress better than others. So, from time to time, you may notice an employee who appears to be overwhelmed—and possibly about to break down. As an employer, what can you do to help? Five Ways to Approach a Frazzled Employee It’s all in your technique and your support process. To help an employee decompress, you can follow these… Read more »

Benefits of Maintaining Strong Communication With Your Candidates Through A Crisis

Maintaining Communication with Candidates When Hiring

Communicating with your candidates is always important, but maintaining strong communication with them during a crisis can set you apart from your competitors. Thanks to COVID-19, our economy came to a grinding halt in March, and businesses are facing unique challenges. On one hand, millions of businesses were deemed “non-essential” and were forced to close… Read more »

Keep Drama Out of Any Workplace

Some employees may have a flare for the dramatic. But this rarely adds positive energy to the team (unless you’re an improv group or creating major motion pictures). Instead, drama adds tension to the work environment and can put others on edge, detracting from productivity and teamwork. Five Ways to Decrease Drama Amongst Employees It’s… Read more »