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 »

In Defense of the Phone Call

If you’re like most Middle Tennessee business professionals, you probably rely heavily on digital communication – texting, email, online chat, IMs and social media – to get work done.  The truth is, technology has made it easier than ever to communicate.  You can carry on multiple “conversations” at the same time, without ever seeing or… Read more »

Is Your Resume Up to Snuff – Really?

Send a cover letter – no, wait – don’t send a cover letter. Lead off with an objective statement – scratch that – lead off with a list of accomplishments. Integrate your résumé with your social media profiles – or on second thought – keep the two separate. With so much résumé information available online… Read more »

Smart Staffing Strategies for Tennessee Employers: Reducing Long-Term Expenses

There are no two ways about it.  Whether your business is large or small, well established or still in its infancy, running it profitably still begins with the same simple equation: Revenue – Expense = Profit Staffing is a critical part of this equation.  In fact, personnel expenses are often a company’s largest line item,… 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 »

Are You a Recent Graduate in Middle Tennessee? Get Ready for a Tough Job Hunt

It’s tough out there. You know what I’m talking about, especially if you know (or are) a recent college graduate who’s tackling a job search alone. Although hiring by on-campus recruiters has increased by 10 percent, the class of 2012 still faces a mixed job market.  Here are a few facts and stats that put… 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 »

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 »

Successful Workforce Management Begins with Successful Communication

Just how important is internal communication to managing your workforce? Extremely.  When you stop to consider the idea, you’ll realize that nearly every aspect of workforce management – from morale and productivity, to attendance and compliance – is impacted by the quality of your communication. You don’t have to take our word for it; research… Read more »