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 »

Want to Attract and Retain Better Employees? Start by becoming a “talent magnet”

Competition for great talent is a top hiring challenge for Middle Tennessee companies – and employers across the nation.  According to HireRight’s 2013 Employment Screening Benchmarking Report, finding, retaining and developing quality talent was cited as the biggest business issue for 52 percent of employers surveyed. We’ve known for some time that, in many industries,… Read more »

Smart Strategies for Reducing Middle TN Unemployment Costs

Looking for ways to minimize your employment-related expenses? Who isn’t? As one of the biggest line items on your P&L, labor-related expenses can have a big impact on your overhead – and ultimately, your profitability. Unemployment taxes are one of the few personnel taxes you can directly control; therefore, they present significant opportunities for minimizing… Read more »

How to Handle that Middle Tennessee Employee Who is Late – AGAIN

My alarm didn’t go off. I had to stop for gas. I, uh, locked my keys in the car (yeah, that’s it). Excuses, excuses. We’re human.  At one time or another, each of us will be late to work – often due to circumstances beyond our control.  But when lateness becomes habitual, it becomes a… Read more »

Health Care Reform 2013: What will it mean for your Middle Tennessee Company?

If we’ve learned anything from health care reform, it’s that patience is a virtue. Since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was passed back in March 2010, Middle Tennessee employers have waited – and waited – through numerous court challenges and a nail-biting presidential election to see what form the law would finally take.… Read more »

Temporary Employment Bounces Back in Middle Tennessee – and Across the Nation

It’s a good news, bad news scenario. The bad news, we already know. According to a recent story, just under half of the 8.8 million U.S. jobs lost during the recession have been recovered during the last three years.  Construction and manufacturing were devastated, while healthcare and education were relatively unaffected.  Government employment continues… Read more »

Want to Be More Successful? Make Your Mornings More Productive

Mornings are a fantastic time to get things done.  There are fewer interruptions, the day is still full of possibilities and your willpower is renewed after a good night’s sleep.  When you check things off your To Do list in the morning, you head into the afternoon feeling as though you’ve really accomplished something –… Read more »

Temporary and Contract Employees are Breaking the Glass Ceiling

Spoiler alert:  After reading this post, the way you think about how work gets done in your company will never be the same. We’ve all heard of the proverbial “supertemp” – the accomplished executive with an ivy league MBA (and a résumé that makes recruiters weak in the knees) who works on a temporary or… Read more »

Thriving in the V.U.C.A. Enviroment

A few weeks ago, we introduced you to the concept of V.U.C.A. – a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous operating environment which has become the “new normal” in business today. As mentioned in the post, your company needs to develop “agile models” – ones that prepare you for major disruptive events – to truly thrive… Read more »

Thinking of Hiring a Middle Tennessee Intern? Here’s What You Need to Know

Throughout Nashville, Cool Springs, Hendersonville and Murfreesboro, things are heating up.  Summer will be here in a flash – and you know what that means.  College students will be searching for summer internships to improve their job skills and establish vital employment connections. If you’re considering hiring an intern, be sure you thoroughly understand the… Read more »