Would You Try THAT?! Unconventional Ways to Boost Employee Productivity

Call them “out of the box.” Call them “unconventional.” Call them “strange.” However you choose to describe these productivity boosters, one thing is sure: they’ll go a long way toward refreshing, refocusing and re-energizing your team (especially during a summer productivity slump). Get Visual. Try color therapy. Research shows that the color yellow positively affects… Read more »

Fun Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Your Workplace

Valentine's Day | Wood Personnel Services

 FUN WAYS TO CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY IN YOUR WORKPLACE from Wood Personnel Services     Ever wonder how we got into the habit of sharing Valentine’s Day cards and chocolates? Here’s a little background for you: The holiday itself is an intermingling of a variety of traditions and folklore, and is thought to have… Read more »

Wood Personnel Celebrates 25 Years!

25 years ago today Wood Personnel Services began what is still an amazing journey!  As we celebrate our 25th anniversary we want to express our gratitude to everyone who has helped us achieve this milestone.  Over the past 25 years we have grown from a staff of just a few people to a staff of… Read more »

Love in the Afternoon: How to Ignite a Passionate Culture in Your Workplace

Although office romances are on the rise, most HR experts and hiring managers would probably agree that they’re a bad idea.  Office affairs distract employees, leave a company open to sexual harassment complaints and complicate business relationships. But when it comes to the commitment of your employees, there is a place for passion in your… Read more »

Bending Over Backwards: Employers Are Doing More than Ever to Create Workplace Flexibility

In recent years, workplace flexibility has become increasingly important to U.S. workers. This is not news, of course, but the changing ways in which employers provide that flexibility is. The Families and Work Institute (FWI) just published its 2012 National Study of Employers (NSE).  Not surprisingly, the results show that employers across the country are… 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 »

What Employee Turnover Really Costs Your Company

Employee turnover is inevitable, and while sometimes it can be useful, losing good performers costs you both directly and indirectly. Studies have estimated direct turnover costs per employee to be 25-30% of an individual employee’s salary/benefits package, with hidden costs inflating that figure substantially. How much does turnover cost your company? How to Estimate Turnover Costs… Read more »

Diversity is Important – Here’s How to Promote It

It’s happening right now.  Somewhere in Tennessee, an employee or job applicant is experiencing workplace discrimination. While it’s true that today’s typical workplace may be generally more welcoming and accepting than one of generations past, employees continue to be excluded from certain occupations – regardless of their qualifications and experience. For these reasons and more,… Read more »

After the Interview: 7 Tips to Help you Edge Out your Competition

“Thank you for your time today.  We’ll be in touch soon.” You’ve just walked out of an interview for your dream job.  Things seem to have gone well – you were calm and poised, answered questions intelligently, made appropriate eye contact, and really put your best foot forward. Now what? For many job seekers, walking… Read more »

Performance Management: Tips for More Action and Fewer Excuses

“It is an immutable law in business that words are words, explanations are explanations, promises are promises but only performance is reality.” — Harold S. Geneen If you’ve ever managed a single person, then you know that employees make excuses.  They procrastinate, miss deadlines and blame others when they fail. So how do you get… Read more »