Benefits of Temporary Staffing During a Slow Economic Recovery

As our economy struggles to gain steam once again, businesses are forced to make tough choices regarding their workforces.  Skyrocketing employment costs such as insurance, overtime, payroll taxes, healthcare and other benefits, coupled with the uncertainty of just how long a recovery will take, are placing enormous pressure on employers to run lean. Here are just a… Read more »

Tips for Effective Employee Onboarding

“You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” When you hear this saying, you may envision a nervous job seeker, compulsively straightening his suit and repeating his 30-second “personal sales pitch” before an interview.  But quite honestly, the saying is just as relevant for the hiring company.  Why? When you mainstream and… Read more »

Succession Planning – Identifying New Leaders for Your Organization

The boomers are retiring. This is not news, of course, but their mass exodus from the workforce does create a potential problem for many organizations – namely, identifying new leaders to fill the boomers’ shoes.  In addition to closing the talent gap this generation will leave, other reasons to proactively develop new leaders include: Keeping… Read more »

Tips for Making Co-Employment Work

Part 2:  Co-Employment Tips for Success An earlier post featured a link to a brief quiz on co-employment laws.  How well did you do? If your score was less than perfect, don’t worry.  This week’s post contains practical tips to maximize the effectiveness of your co-employment arrangement, while minimizing the potential for problems: Let the staffing firm do… Read more »

Do You Know Your Co-Employment Law?

Part 1:  Test Your Knowledge   Today’s post is the first in a two-part installment on co-employment laws – those that govern any situation in which two legally distinct employers (typically a staffing firm and their business client) have employer-employee relationships with the same person.  Over the past several years, co-employment law has rapidly evolved in response to the… Read more »

Employee Appreciation: Effective Ways to Motivate Your Staff

At Wood Personnel, we regularly recognize both our internal employees and temporaries on assignment for their responsibility, integrity and work ethic.  Why?  Because showing our employees how much we appreciate their hard work and service to the company is a great way to raise morale (and profits, too). So what does your company do to… Read more »

Seasonal Help: Why You Should Plan Your Staffing Needs Now

Admittedly, it may be a little early to light a Yule log.  But if you’re in the customer service, administrative/clerical, hospitality, shipping/delivery, inventory or technology/finance industries, you’re probably headed for a busy – if not your busiest – time of year.  If you’re going to require extra help this holiday season, it’s definitely not too… Read more »

Five Ways Direct Placement Services Can Simplify Your Job

With unemployment near record highs, you may question the value of direct placement services.  If job applicants are plentiful, can recruiting services really help you? In a word, yes.  Here are just a few of the ways search and placement services can simplify your job and help both you and your company be more successful: Save… Read more »

Tips for Addressing Job Burnout

Feeling a little overworked?  While some would say that “too much to do” is merely a sign of job security in today’s economy, it won’t do you any good if you can’t cope with the stress.  Sure, everyone is trying to do more with less these days.  But over time, being chronically stretched too thin… Read more »

Temp-to-Hire 101

Need additional help, but are unsure if that need will be long-term? Want to try out a new employee before making a commitment to hire him or her? If so, temp-to-hire services may be right for your business.  In simple terms, temp-to-hire (also known as try-before-hire or temp-to-perm) lets you try out a candidate on-the-job before extending an offer… Read more »