How’s Business in Middle Tennessee? 2019 Nashville Employment and Economic Outlook

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The flowers are blooming, the weather is warming and spring is in the air. That means it’s time once again to check in on the Nashville metro area’s economy and job market. Each March, we use data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) on the Nashville / Davidson / Murfreesboro / Franklin Metropolitan… Read more »

Hire People Who Can’t Do the Job (Yet!)

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How many of your jobs include the phrase “experience needed”? Unless you’re hiring for true entry-level roles, some kind of work experience is likely required for your jobs: industry experience job skill/technical experience experience in a similar position even experience using certain “soft skills” But are all of these types of experience mandatory – or… Read more »

Want to Recruit and Retain Middle Tennessee Tech Workers? Make Sure You Offer What They REALLY Want

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Ping pong tables and swing chairs? They may entertain, but gimmicks aren’t the best way to attract and keep tech professionals. With competition for qualified tech talent at an all time high, Middle Tennessee employers that understand the unique perks, benefits and opportunities these professionals want will have a decided advantage. So, what are tech… Read more »

Time for an Employee Handbook Overhaul?

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Does your employee handbook need more than a “polish” or “tweak”? Today’s post is just for you. A great employee handbook does more than just set the “ground rules” for working in your organization; it provides a blueprint for your company culture, mission and goals. Answers common questions, so you don’t have to. Aids with… Read more »

Get Middle TN Employees Onboard with Workplace Safety

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“How do I get my employees fired up about our safety program?” It can be a real challenge, especially with the pressures, demands and distractions you all face in your day-to-day jobs. But the most comprehensive safety initiatives in the world won’t accomplish much unless employees embrace and execute them every day. If you really… Read more »

Home Grown Talent: Are You Doing Enough to Develop Your Best Employees?

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Struggling to hire the dynamic employees you need? Grow them yourself! In a tight talent market, employee development is critical to your business’s continued success. Training improves your team’s skills, making them more valuable and versatile within your company. But developing your team does much more than increase and/or broaden their job skills; it’s a… Read more »

Your Newest Workplace Management Challenge? Helping Human and Robot Workers Coexist

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Think managing people is difficult? Get ready for an even bigger challenge: Managing humans and robots as co-workers. From autonomous cars and robotic pick-and-packers, to automated checkout lines and manufacturing “cobots,” technology is disrupting entire industries. This automation is causing fundamental shifts in how work is performed. Case in point? McKinsey & Co. predicts that… Read more »

Resolution: Learning! Best Podcasts and Business Books for HR Professionals in 2019

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It’s a New Year. Time to get inspired. Grow professionally. And achieve new heights in your career. One of the best ways to succeed in HR is by staying at the leading edge of your field – and that starts with continual learning. Today, our Cool Springs recruiters are sharing their favorite HR podcasts and… Read more »

Your 2019 Recruitment Plan: Hire Better and Staff Smarter

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Skill shortages. Position vacancies. Growth targets. Changing workloads. Your Middle Tennessee business’ challenges, priorities and goals are as unique as a winter snowflake. But regardless of what you’re trying to achieve this year, a strategic staffing and recruitment plan will help you stay on track. If you’re new to workforce planning, this earlier post explains… Read more »

In Case You Missed It…

Hard to believe 2018 is nearly “in the books!” Looking back, this year has been one of unprecedented challenges and amazing opportunities. Along the way, Wood Personnel has regularly updated our blog to help you make the most of our current economic and employment market conditions. Our goal? To make finding great people or a… Read more »