Understaffing: It could be harming your Middle TN business more than you think

Still trying to do it faster – and better – with fewer resources? It’s time to change your staffing strategy. When the Great Recession started, businesses throughout Middle Tennessee were forced to operate in “survival mode” – where slashed budgets, layoffs and fierce competition were the norm. Many refer to this practice as “running lean”… Read more »

Why HR Professionals Need to Participate in Social Media

Still on the fence about using social media?  Consider these statistics from the recent Cone Business in Social Media Study: 93 percent of Americans believe that a company should have a presence on social media sites. 85 percent believe that these companies should use social media to interact with consumers. 60 percent of Americans regularly… Read more »

Quick Tips for Better Job Postings

Before you click the “Submit” button to upload your next job posting, consider the following: Make sure the title accurately describes the position.  Consider including common keywords qualified applicants are likely to use when searching for an opening. Provide a comprehensive list of skills and qualifications.  Differentiate between those that are required, as opposed to… Read more »

Tips for Effective Employee Onboarding

“You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” When you hear this saying, you may envision a nervous job seeker, compulsively straightening his suit and repeating his 30-second “personal sales pitch” before an interview.  But quite honestly, the saying is just as relevant for the hiring company.  Why? When you mainstream and… Read more »

Employee Appreciation: Effective Ways to Motivate Your Staff

At Wood Personnel, we regularly recognize both our internal employees and temporaries on assignment for their responsibility, integrity and work ethic.  Why?  Because showing our employees how much we appreciate their hard work and service to the company is a great way to raise morale (and profits, too). So what does your company do to… Read more »

The BLS Monthly Situation: What It Is and Why You Should Follow It

Ever feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information coming at you each day? With the barrage of data pouring in from newspapers, TV, the internet, social media, RSS feeds, e-mails, voicemails and good-old-fashioned face-to-face meetings, finding the critical information you need amidst all the “white noise” can be exhausting. Take the BLS Monthly Employment… Read more »

Top Advantages of Temporary Employment

Recently downsized or laid off?  New to the workforce?  Looking to earn extra cash?  Trying to break into a new field? Consider working as a temporary.  Today’s staffing firms employee millions of individuals in virtually all fields of work, from day labor to executive, and offer a variety of advantages: Flexible work options.  Work when and where you… Read more »

The Résumé Update – Why and How to Do it, Even if You Have a Job

Keeping your résumé current is important to your continued career development.  But unless you’re actively looking for a job, the daily demands of life, home and work can easily push this updating process down on your priority list.  If you haven’t reviewed your résumé in over a year, here are just a few good reasons why you should take… Read more »

Staffing Employees: Extraordinary Human Resources

What’s the single most important variable in the success (or failure) of your business? Your staff. Steven Berchem, Certified Staffing Professional and Vice President of the American Staffing Association, posted a great article on the ASA website which addresses the ways today’s businesses are using staffing to gain real competitive advantage.  Here are a few… Read more »

Tips for Creating an Empowered Workplace

As a manager, you know that empowered employees: have the authority, and take the initiative, to make sound business decisions; are energetic, passionate and committed to doing a great job; are creative and innovative problem solvers; continually strive to improve quality, productivity and morale; all because they feel personally rewarded for doing so. But while… Read more »