What Will the American Jobs Act Mean for Tennessee Employers?

“The purpose of the American Jobs Act is simple: to put more people back to work and more money in the pockets of those who are working.” —President Barack Obama, September 8, 2011 In a time when some workers are living week to week, paycheck to paycheck or day to day, President Obama claims he… Read more »

How to Retain and Inspire Top Talent, Even in this Tough Economy

If you’ve watched the news lately, or followed the markets, you’ve probably found the economic data as puzzling and disconcerting as I have.  Up one day, way down the next.  One economic analyst talks about a slow recovery, the other warns us of the next recession.  The roller coaster we’re on isn’t showing any signs… Read more »

Employers Recognize the Need for Benefits that Appeal to a Multi-generational Workforce

American employers are faced with a difficult balancing act – attracting new talent, while also holding onto experienced workers.  Achieving this balance is driving employers to create financial benefit plans that appeal to workers of all ages. According to Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Workforce Benefits Report (published April, 2011): 94 percent of 650 C-level… Read more »

HR Responds as Older Workers Delay Retirement

U.S. workers are working longer – and retiring later.  Why? According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute’s Retirement Confidence Survey (as reported by Workforce.com): about 36 percent of respondents cite the poor economy; 16 percent say their lack of faith in Social Security is forcing them to postpone retirement; 13 percent claim they simply can’t… Read more »

Top Staffing Myths and Misconceptions

The staffing industry is not what it used to be.  In decades past, employers typically viewed staffing services as a “necessary evil” – a last resort when a low-level employee called in sick. But not anymore. Today’s staffing industry is comprised of diverse, robust organizations whose services can greatly enhance your company’s productivity and profitability… Read more »

Assessing Your Hiring Needs, Part 2: Should you DIY or use a direct placement service?

Once you’ve determined that it’s time to hire, you face another critical decision:  should you do it yourself, or work with an experienced recruiting service like Wood Personnel? It would be easy (and logical) to use this question as a launching pad for a sales pitch.  The true answer, however, is more complex.  What’s right… Read more »

When it Comes to Work/Life Issues, Men and Women are More Alike than Different

Men and women are different in many ways.  But when it comes to work/life balance issues, they apparently share several of the same concerns. Results from a WorldatWork fall 2010 research study conflict with a previously wide-held assumption about the differences between men and women – namely, that male identity is rooted in work, while… Read more »

Assessing Your Hiring Needs, Part 1: Do you really need to hire someone?

Has business picked up for you?  Is your company experiencing growing pains?  Are your employees putting in overtime? All of these may be signs that you need to start hiring again.  But with fluctuating workloads and an uncertain economy, determining whether or not you need to add permanent headcount can be a real challenge.  On… Read more »

10 Performance Management Tips to Drive Your Bottom Line

Want to create top caliber performance in your organization? Who doesn’t?! Use these 10 tips to get people to stop making excuses and start delivering exceptional results: Stop accepting excuses. Are you too tolerant of excuses?  Don’t be.  An excuse means the job didn’t get done and accepting excuses allows failure to persist.  When you… Read more »

10 Ideas for Better Staffing Results

Great staffing results don’t happen by accident. They occur when smart people (like you) invest in creating the best possible relationship with a quality staffing firm (like Wood Personnel).  Don’t leave your staffing success to chance.  Use these 10 ideas to achieve better staffing results: Give temporary employees formal job descriptions. Job descriptions should be… Read more »