Experts Look to the Staffing Industry for Signs of Recovery

A recent Reuters article by Kristina Cooke shares some good news: “The pace of temporary job creation after the most recent recession – an average of about 25,000 per month – has been faster than the past two, potentially a good sign for a labor market struggling with a jobless rate of 9 percent.” This… Read more »

Make Balance a Priority

Smart work/life balance tips to reduce stress and give you more time Meetings.  Soccer practice.  Long hours.  Project deadlines.  Yard work. Given all the responsibilities you have both on the job and at home, you may feel that a healthy work/life balance is unrealistic right now:  spending more time at work may cause you to… Read more »

How Middle Tennessee Employers Can Attract and Retain Gen Y Talent

There go the Boomers.  Here comes Gen Y. Just when your need for talent is on the rise, here comes a new slew of tech-savvy workers to save the day.  But while it’s tempting to think you can simply substitute one generation with another, things are not that simple.  Diverse, demanding and socially aware, millenials… Read more »

Hiring Still Slow? Now is the Time to Review Your Employment Screening Process

The BLS Employment Situation Summary continues to paint an anemic economic picture. Economists continue to talk about a “jobless recovery,” with many employers focusing on productivity gains, as opposed to hiring, to manage any increases in business. What’s the upside? Well, if your company isn’t focused on hiring right now, it may be the perfect… Read more »

Why Written Job Descriptions Yield Better Temporary Staffing Results

Ever play “whisper down the lane”? Also known as “telephone,” this popular children’s game provides a simple, yet critical illustration of how important information can get lost in translation. Great fun if you’re just playing around, but not so great for business. When it comes to ordering temporary personnel, many of our clients call in their job orders. … Read more »

Hiring Challenges? Recruiting Services Can Help You Overcome Them

Creating a cohesive team of high-performers for your organization is no small task.  Factors like location, lack of time and a shortage of truly qualified applicants can complicate your hiring process. Here are a few common recruiting challenges many Middle Tennessee employers face, along with the ways recruiting services like Wood Personnel can make the… Read more »

Temporary Assignment Limits and Concerns About Benefits Liability

In the wake of historic employment litigation (e.g., Vizcaino v. Microsoft), some companies have adopted policies limiting assignment length for temporary and contract employees from staffing firms.  Why?  These employers view assignment limits as a way to protect themselves from the kind of “retro-benefits” claims Microsoft faced back in the 1990s. Unfortunately, these assignment limit… Read more »

New Technology in Human Resources – Striking a Balance Between IT and the Human Touch

Has technology taken the ‘human’ out of Human Resources? The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) recently published a report on technology trends in the sector, and the overall conclusion was unsurprising:  today’s HR departments leverage IT to benefit almost every aspect of their daily operations. Continual technology improvements, coupled with declining costs, has fueled… Read more »

Performance Management: Tips for More Action and Fewer Excuses

“It is an immutable law in business that words are words, explanations are explanations, promises are promises but only performance is reality.” — Harold S. Geneen If you’ve ever managed a single person, then you know that employees make excuses.  They procrastinate, miss deadlines and blame others when they fail. So how do you get… Read more »

Strategies for Helping Young Managers Succeed

The newbie.  The greenhorn.  The tenderfoot. As if these monikers weren’t burdensome enough, the young manager faces yet another challenge because of his age – namely, resentment.  You know your new manager has the skills and qualifications to handle heightened responsibilities.  But too often, older, more seasoned employees view a fresh manager as a threat,… Read more »