Vacation Like Royalty on a Shoestring Budget

You deserve a vacation. You NEED a break. But if you’re like most people, you don’t have an unlimited budget! Thankfully, you don’t have to spend a fortune to vacation like royalty. Using the tips we share in today’s blog post, you can take a vacation that feels expensive on a shoestring budget: Create a… Read more »

How’s Business? Nashville’s Employment and Economic Outlook

It’s that time of year again! Each spring, we take a step back to evaluate how the Nashville metro area’s economy and job market are doing. Using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) on the Nashville / Davidson / Murfreesboro / Franklin Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), we’ve compiled a few insights that… Read more »

Is Reviewing Employee Emails Being Vigilant – or Spying?

Is it ever okay to read an employee’s work emails? Consider the following scenarios: You suspect an employee of sexually harassing a co-worker. You suspect an employee is using company time to run their own business. You receive information leading you to believe an employee is sharing sensitive company information with a competitor. There’s a… Read more »

Work Smarter – Not Harder – and Get More Done (part 1)

Each of us is given the same 24 hours per day to accomplish our work. So, why do some people seem to get so much more in a day than others? Have they found a way to slow down time – or maybe clone themselves? Nope. They have simply mastered the ability to focus on… Read more »

That Candidate Looks Great on Paper – But Will They Fit Your Culture? (part 2)

They certainly have the skills and experience you’re looking for. But will that new hire thrive on the job – or clash with your team? In our first post of this “hiring for cultural fit” series, we detailed hiring techniques you can use to gauge how well a potential employee will match your organizational culture.… Read more »

That Candidate Looks Great on Paper – But Will They Fit Your Culture? (part 1)

It doesn’t make sense. After hiring what you thought was the ideal candidate – someone with the right skills and background, and an appropriate level of experience – you watched them flounder. Despite your best efforts, within a few months, they crashed and burned. Where did your hiring process go wrong? Maybe they weren’t the… Read more »

Is Skipping Background Checks Wise? 4 Reasons You May Want to Consider It

Most employers consider background checks to be a mandatory step in hiring. After all, the process is designed to protect employers from hiring any candidate who misrepresents their abilities or could be a danger in the workplace. But the realities of our workforce are changing. With qualified candidates in short supply and rapidly spreading ban-the-box… Read more »

Finish Strong: End Candidate Interviews on a High Note – and Land the Best Middle TN Talent

You worked so hard to get to this point. After weeks spent recruiting, screening and interviewing candidates, you finally found a great potential hire – someone with the right skills, experience and personality to thrive in your organization. You’re home free, right? Well, not so fast. In a tight candidate market, job seekers have lots… Read more »

Flu Season is Here! Make Sure Your Sick Leave Policy is “Healthy”

Employees calling in sick? It’s extremely common this time of year. And with a flu vaccine that’s just 10% effective against the dominant strain in Australia, Middle Tennessee employers are right to be concerned about a “flupocalypse” in our hemisphere this season. Whether staff absences are due to influenza, other illnesses or “mental health days,”… Read more »

Want to Build a Better Bottom Line in 2018? Develop This ONE Skill in Your Team

What’s the skill? Strategic thinking. Strategic thinkers are problem-solvers who keep the big picture and long-term in mind. They think ahead, plan ahead and follow systematic thought processes that can adapt to multiple time-frames (i.e., today, next month, a year, five years). These individuals are skilled at anticipating and preparing for both challenges and opportunities,… Read more »