Improve Your Culture to Increase Employee Happiness – and Your Bottom Line!

Happy employees -> a healthier bottom line. Research cited in this Fast Company article showed that happiness made workers 12% more productive. It makes sense. When people are feeling positive and engaged in their work, they naturally perform at their best. And fortunately, there’s a lot you can do as an employer to ensure your… Read more »

Work Smarter – Not Harder – and Get More Done (part 2)

Daylight saving time ends this Sunday. What are you going to do with that extra hour? If you’re like most of us in Middle Tennessee, you’d love to devote your found hour to shuteye. And if you use the tips in today’s post, you’ll be so efficient that you’ll be able to enjoy some extra… Read more »

Work-Friendly Halloween Costume Ideas

Too gruesome? Too exposed? Too controversial? Too uncomfortable? Halloween costumes can be a real nightmare if they’re over the top – especially when you’re wearing them to work. But with a little planning and effort, it’s easy to hit the right note. If you need inspiration for your work-appropriate Halloween costume, look no further! Our… Read more »

Take a Day Off – Every Week?!

Work longer and harder and you’ll achieve more – right? Maybe…but maybe not. Hard work is important to success, but research suggests time off is just as important. Recent discoveries in neuroscience show that when your are resting, a part of your brain called the “default mode network” goes into overdrive. This part of the… Read more »

The Real Gig Economy: Facts Every Employer and Job Seeker Should Know

The way we get work done in Middle TN has changed – dramatically! Just a few decades ago, terms like “the gig economy” didn’t even exist. Today, individuals with alternative work arrangements represent a significant portion of our nation’s workforce. And that number is growing by the week. So, what’s the real story with the… Read more »

Finish Strong! How Your Staffing Partner Can Help You Have an Amazing 4th Quarter

Labor Day has come and gone. Footballs are flying across fields everywhere. And kiddos are back in school. Yep, it’s definitely September in Middle Tennessee. As another summer draws to a close, businesses throughout our region are setting their sights on tackling their Q4 objectives – and Wood Personnel is ready to help. Whether your… Read more »

Hiding in Plain Sight? How to Spot – and Fix – Unproductive Employees

Have unproductive employees who spend their work day napping? Show up to work dressed in their bathrobe? Do nothing but shuffle papers or walk in circles for eight hours? Not likely, right? Chances are, most of your employees appear busy – because unproductive workers don’t want to be found out! If they’re caught procrastinating or… Read more »

What’re You Listening To? Best Podcasts for Middle TN Business Professionals

Looking for interesting new ways to: maximize your leadership potential? hone your management skills? engage, motivate and bring out the best in your team members? Then grab your earbuds, turn up your speakers, and tap the power of podcasts as an educational medium. Why podcasts? Podcasts are rapidly gaining momentum as an engaging – and… Read more »

Is It Time to Fire a Problem Employee? Know the signs – and follow the law in Middle TN

Sometimes it’s abundantly clear that you need to fire someone: They no-show/no-call four days in a row. They throw a temper tantrum in front of a client, and then verbally threaten them. They convert their cubicle into a DJ booth and spin records instead of working. Obviously, these are extreme (and thankfully, fictitious) examples. In… Read more »

3 Habits to Make You a Remarkable Leader

There are myriad ways to improve your leadership abilities: You could read a book on the topic. You could attend a leadership conference. You could take a management course. But nothing you learn will create any meaningful improvements unless you change your daily behaviors. Adopting better habits is the key to remarkable leadership. Over time,… Read more »