trump

In case anyone hasn’t gotten the memo yet, this seemingly endless election season is finally over, and like it or not, our president-elect is Donald J. Trump. Things always change significantly when a new party takes power, especially if the new party has control of both houses of Congress. It did in 2009 after President Obama… Read more »

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Whether the real unemployment rate is as low as the government says it is or much, much higher because it still refuses to count those who have given up looking for work, companies all across the land are STILL having a hard time finding qualified candidates to fill their open jobs, and many job seekers… Read more »

burningbridges

The thought of telling a boss to ‘take this job and shove it’ may sometimes be an appealing one, at least on a particularly bad day at work, but in all reality there are very few areas of life where burning one’s bridges is ever a good idea. Especially when it comes to any sort… Read more »

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In an era where qualified labor is increasingly scarce, smart companies are looking for every possible edge to attract and retain workers. And while there may not be as much money in the budget for cost drivers like higher pay and benefits, some perks that might mean the world to employees may not cost any… Read more »

  I wrote this post to a staffing industry audience, but I’d like to think it gives some good insights into the way we try to do business. Sweating the “small stuff” is critical to maintaining the highest levels of customer service, and although nobody is perfect, it’s something we try to do every single… Read more »

Kingsport AtWork Branch Manager and well known area blues artist Samantha Gray made a series of summer appearances representing AtWork Personnel on WKPT TV’s Good Day Tri-Cities with co-hosts Morgan King and Whitney Carr. As a part of our company’s sponsorship of the program’s “Guest Host For a Day” contest, Samantha not only did several 5-minute… Read more »

protest

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this column are the opinions of the author and don’t necessarily represent the views of AtWork Personnel I wasn’t around in the 60’s, but from what I understand colleges were pretty messed up then, what with all the hippies, pot-smoking, horrid tie-dye, and Vietnam war protesting going on. Since then,… Read more »

  Ergonomic injury risk factors include forceful movements, repetitive motions, awkward postures and lack of rest. Rest periods give the body time to recover from work; break-time exercises and stretches strengthen the body. Workers should think of themselves as industrial athletes; athletes wouldn’t participate in a sport without proper rest and warm-up, so use the… Read more »

In today’s economy, you’ve got to have great people to be successful. Duh, right? That’s an obvious statement that’s easy to say, but much more difficult to actually put into practice. Why? Well, unless you’ve had your head in the sand the past couple of years you also know there’s this thing called a labor… Read more »

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Currently, the federal minimum wage stands at $7.25 and hasn’t changed since 2009. The push to move it to $15 (where did they come up with THAT number? Why not $20? Why not $100?) has gained steam of late, with California and New York becoming the first states to pass legislation to push their minimum… Read more »