The Real Gig Economy: Facts Every Employer and Job Seeker Should Know

The way we get work done in Middle TN has changed – dramatically! Just a few decades ago, terms like “the gig economy” didn’t even exist. Today, individuals with alternative work arrangements represent a significant portion of our nation’s workforce. And that number is growing by the week. So, what’s the real story with the… Read more »

Overtime Rule on Hold: What Should Middle TN Employers Do? (part 1 of 2)

A federal district court judge in Texas has issued a nationwide injunction which effectively blocked the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) new overtime rule (slated to go into effect on December 1, 2016). If the rule had been enacted, it would have: More than doubled the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA’s) annual salary threshold for exemption… Read more »

Talkin’ Turkey: Foolproof Tips for Cooking that Bird

At Wood Personnel, we believe in doing things the right way. Our pursuit of excellence extends beyond the workplace – and into the kitchen! Here are our favorite tips for cooking an amazing turkey this Thanksgiving. Plan Ahead Cooking a turkey is a marathon – not a sprint. Make sure you build in extra time… Read more »

Temp or Direct, Expect Your Time to Fill to Increase

  How much lead time do you need to find the ideal candidate? Try 5 to 6 weeks. According to a recent ERE.net post, the “time to fill” average recently hit a 15-year high at 26.8 working days. Who has time for that?!? A number of factors are contributing to increased vacancy duration: The labor… Read more »

HR Policy: A Practical Approach to “Dress for Success”

  “All things in moderation” is great advice – especially when it comes to certain aspects of your HR policy. Dress code is a perfect example. If, for example, you work for a professional accounting firm, you probably operate in a relatively conservative environment. As a result, HR may enforce a comprehensive (and fairly restrictive)… Read more »

6 Ways to Boost Morale and Ignite Employees’ Passion for Work

It’s time to start a fire. No, we’re not suggesting you light a match – we’re talking about igniting your employees’ passion for their jobs! Offering fair wages and benefits is a great way to start; but quite honestly, money isn’t everything. In fact, things like recognizing employees’ contributions and providing opportunities for development can… Read more »

Better Staffing Results: Smart strategies for managing temporary and contract employees in 2014

It’s a new year! Time for a few fresh strategies to maximize the return on your staffing investment. Whether you use administrative temporaries or IT contractors, a little up-front “homework” can go a long way in ensuring your contingent workers are productive, efficient and easy to manage. Here are a few simple things you can… Read more »

Improve Job Satisfaction and Productivity by Playing to Each Employee’s Strengths

“The real difference between success and failure in a corporation can be very often traced to the question of how well the organization brings out the great energies and talents of its people.” –Thomas J. Watson, Jr., businessman, political figure and philanthropist Your Middle Tennessee company may do a great job hiring talented people. But… Read more »

If You’re Searching for a Job Online, Avoid These Common Pitfalls

Searching for a job using the Internet definitely has its advantages.  You can: conduct your search from the comfort of your own home; actively look for a job while you’re still working; apply for jobs with just a click of the mouse. Still, the process is not without its potential pitfalls.  Privacy concerns and issues… Read more »

Ahead of the Curve: Recent Trends in Recruiting and Staffing for Middle Tennessee Employers

Want to stay ahead of the curve in staffing and recruiting?  Read on! According to the HR experts listed below, here are a few of the top recruiting and staffing trends that will impact Middle Tennessee employers this year – and ways your staffing service can help you take advantage of them: Unemployment will remain… Read more »