Home Grown Talent: Are You Doing Enough to Develop Your Best Employees?

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Struggling to hire the dynamic employees you need? Grow them yourself! In a tight talent market, employee development is critical to your business’s continued success. Training improves your team’s skills, making them more valuable and versatile within your company. But developing your team does much more than increase and/or broaden their job skills; it’s a… Read more »

Your Newest Workplace Management Challenge? Helping Human and Robot Workers Coexist

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Think managing people is difficult? Get ready for an even bigger challenge: Managing humans and robots as co-workers. From autonomous cars and robotic pick-and-packers, to automated checkout lines and manufacturing “cobots,” technology is disrupting entire industries. This automation is causing fundamental shifts in how work is performed. Case in point? McKinsey & Co. predicts that… Read more »

Your 2019 Recruitment Plan: Hire Better and Staff Smarter

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Skill shortages. Position vacancies. Growth targets. Changing workloads. Your Middle Tennessee business’ challenges, priorities and goals are as unique as a winter snowflake. But regardless of what you’re trying to achieve this year, a strategic staffing and recruitment plan will help you stay on track. If you’re new to workforce planning, this earlier post explains… Read more »

Is That Employee Just a Grinch – or Breaking the Law?

Employees can be rude. Thoughtless. Boorish. But there’s a difference between grinch-like behavior and workplace harassment. And while there are no laws against acting like a jerk on the job, your employees have the right to work in an environment that’s productive and respectful. The problem is, many Middle Tennessee employers struggle to understand 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 »

Hangry? That’s No Way to Work!

Ever forget to eat lunch, then wonder why you’re irritable and unfocused by 3 p.m.? You were probably “hangry.” “Hangry” is an amalgam of “hungry” and “angry.” The term may sound funny, but it can create serious problems in the workplace. Most of us become irritable, distracted or unpleasant when we don’t eat regularly –… Read more »

Push Your Perks! Use 401(k) as a Year-Round Recruiting and Retention Tool

Ask a high-performer to explain what “compensation” means to them, and they’re likely to respond with much more than just “salary.” Smart employees and job seekers consider the entire package your organization offers: pay, benefits, perks and more. So, how do does your total compensation compare to the competition’s? In today’s employment market, it matters.… Read more »

Employee Handbook Makeover: Transform it into Something Employees WANT to Read

Quick question for you: Which phrase best describes your Middle Tennessee company’s employee handbook? An informative, engaging and fun-to-read document; A dry, dense manual that’s about as interesting as the Internal Revenue Service’s tax code? If it’s number one, you are WAY ahead of the game. No need to read this post; pick another topic… Read more »

Revamp Your Compensation Strategy to Attract, Retain and Reward Your Team

We’re waaaay behind. Several states raised their minimum wage on January 1, 2017. But Tennessee? We don’t have a minimum wage law. By default, our minimum wage is set at the federal level, which was last raised to $7.25 in 2009. Competition for the best people is getting tougher. Jobs are expanding. And the cost… Read more »

To Pay or Not to Pay? On Call vs. Just-in-Time Employees

To Pay On Call Employees

Business is unpredictable. If your Middle Tennessee company is like most, it has its ups and downs. You might need “all hands on deck” at a moment’s notice, or just as suddenly find those same hands sitting idle. Just-in-time staff from Wood Personnel can help even out those highs and lows in your business, but… Read more »