Respect at Work: Are you earning it or losing it?

  “Respect yourself and others will respect you.” –Confucius “Respect commands itself and can neither be given nor withheld when it is due.” –Eldridge Cleaver You can’t gain respect by reading quotes like these. You can’t buy your team’s respect. You can’t have it handed to you on a silver platter from an outgoing leader.… Read more »

Wood Personnel’s “Best of 2015”: 6 posts you need to read

Hard to believe another year is nearly “in the books!” Looking back, 2014 has been a year of amazing challenges and opportunities. Along the way, Wood Personnel has regularly updated our blog to help you make the most of our current economic and employment market conditions. Our goal? To make finding great people, and running… 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 »

Firing the Right Way: What You Should (and Shouldn’t) Do to Protect Your Middle Tennessee Company

You’ve tried everything: verbal and written warnings, training, performance incentives, counseling…and nothing has worked.  You feel bad, but your only recourse is to terminate an employee. Sound familiar? While you may not relish the idea of firing an employee, it’s part of the job and is sometimes necessary to ensure the continued success of your… Read more »

How to Retain and Inspire Top Talent, Even in this Tough Economy

If you’ve watched the news lately, or followed the markets, you’ve probably found the economic data as puzzling and disconcerting as I have.  Up one day, way down the next.  One economic analyst talks about a slow recovery, the other warns us of the next recession.  The roller coaster we’re on isn’t showing any signs… Read more »

Employers Recognize the Need for Benefits that Appeal to a Multi-generational Workforce

American employers are faced with a difficult balancing act – attracting new talent, while also holding onto experienced workers.  Achieving this balance is driving employers to create financial benefit plans that appeal to workers of all ages. According to Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Workforce Benefits Report (published April, 2011): 94 percent of 650 C-level… Read more »

10 Performance Management Tips to Drive Your Bottom Line

Want to create top caliber performance in your organization? Who doesn’t?! Use these 10 tips to get people to stop making excuses and start delivering exceptional results: Stop accepting excuses. Are you too tolerant of excuses?  Don’t be.  An excuse means the job didn’t get done and accepting excuses allows failure to persist.  When you… Read more »

10 Ideas for Better Staffing Results

Great staffing results don’t happen by accident. They occur when smart people (like you) invest in creating the best possible relationship with a quality staffing firm (like Wood Personnel).  Don’t leave your staffing success to chance.  Use these 10 ideas to achieve better staffing results: Give temporary employees formal job descriptions. Job descriptions should be… Read more »

Time Out! U.S. Workers are Foregoing Vacation Plans, But is This Really in Your Company’s Best Interest?

Work/life balance.  It’s one of those nebulous issues with which employers continually wrestle.  On the one hand, work needs to be done.  On the other hand, the pressure to get that work done can lead to a host of problems which zap employees’ productivity. Financial constraints and demanding work schedules have made work a higher… Read more »

Hiring Still Slow? Now is the Time to Review Your Employment Screening Process

The BLS Employment Situation Summary continues to paint an anemic economic picture. Economists continue to talk about a “jobless recovery,” with many employers focusing on productivity gains, as opposed to hiring, to manage any increases in business. What’s the upside? Well, if your company isn’t focused on hiring right now, it may be the perfect… Read more »