HR Compliance: What Does “Employment at Will” Mean in Tennessee?

What does the term “employment at will” really mean in Tennessee? Can you really fire an employee at any time, for any reason? Not exactly. The “employment at will” doctrine does mean that employment is voluntary for both parties (the employer and the employee). An at-will employee may quit his job whenever, and for whatever… Read more »

Want to Attract and Retain Better Employees? Start by becoming a “talent magnet”

Competition for great talent is a top hiring challenge for Middle Tennessee companies – and employers across the nation.  According to HireRight’s 2013 Employment Screening Benchmarking Report, finding, retaining and developing quality talent was cited as the biggest business issue for 52 percent of employers surveyed. We’ve known for some time that, in many industries,… Read more »

Playing it Safe – Keys to protecting your Middle TN business

In case you haven’t noticed, we live in an extremely litigious country.  And in recent years, things have only gotten worse. During the recession, employee lawsuits against their employers became more common than ever.  Across the nation, claims of age discrimination, pregnancy discrimination, sexual harassment, racial discrimination, disability discrimination and retaliation suits increased dramatically. Employee… Read more »

Do Workaholics Really Make Good Employees?

Everyone admires “go-getters” who do whatever it takes to get the job done.  In small- to medium-sized business, especially, hard-working employees who regularly log 50+ hours per week can be  indispensable assets. But are workaholics really great employees, or can they actually be detrimental to your business? It depends.  When an employee “burns the midnight… 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 »

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 Identify High Performers

Superstars.  Overachievers.  High performers. Whatever you call them, you know your company’s success depends on hiring and retaining them.  The following list will help you identify what sets the best and brightest apart: They have found their focus.  High performers know their strengths and have found an expression for their talents in the workplace. They are… Read more »

Ways to Attract New Employment Talent to IT

The Bureau Labor Statistics reports that employment of computer and information systems managers is expected to grow 17 percent over the 2008-18 decade (faster than the average for all occupations). However, due to a decline in the number of students enrolling in math, computer and science courses, employers may not find the qualified graduates they… Read more »

Secrets to Successful Self-Promotion

To get ahead in  this world, you have to “put your best foot forward.”  But, there’s a fine line between respectable self-promotion and shameless bragging.  So how do you use self-promotion to advance your career, without coming across as a show-off?  Use these quick tips to tactfully toot your own horn: Realize that context is everything. … Read more »

Why the Lowest Price isn’t Always the Best Value in Staffing

Most of us today are conditioned to look for the best possible price.  In most cases, this makes good economic sense.  But when it comes to staffing services, the company offering the lowest prices isn’t necessarily going to deliver the best value. Here are a few good reasons why shopping around for the lowest-priced temporary… Read more »