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 »

Time Out! U.S. Workers are Foregoing Vacation Plans, But is This Really in Your Company’s Best Interest?

Work/life balance.  It’s one of those nebulous issues with which employers continually wrestle.  On the one hand, work needs to be done.  On the other hand, the pressure to get that work done can lead to a host of problems which zap employees’ productivity. Financial constraints and demanding work schedules have made work a higher… Read more »

The Value of Creating a Flexible Workplace

Do you offer flexible work options to your employees?  Does it really matter?  Take a look at what two recent studies showed about the prevalence and importance of workplace flexibility. The first, a recent Survey on Workplace Flexibility from WorldatWork, found that: The vast majority (98 percent) of U.S. employers offer at least one workplace… Read more »

Biggest Challenges Facing HR in the Next Decade

What do you think will be the biggest challenges facing HR during the next decade? This is one of the questions posed in a poll by the Society for Human Resource Management titled “Challenges Facing Organizations and HR in the Next 10 Years.” The survey responses, gathered from 449 HR professionals, show that: Getting and… Read more »

Profitable Temporaries: Ways Temporary Employees Can Drive Profits in Your Organization

Can staffing services really drive profits?  In a word, “Yes!” In today’s economy, businesses need to do everything possible to maximize the R-E=P equation.  And if your company is like most, your employment-related expenses are among the biggest line items on your company’s P & L.  The more actively you manage these expenses, the more… Read more »