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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »

  Here in Tennessee, Peyton Manning is much more than a future Hall of Fame quarterback for a pro team three states and half a continent away. Because of his unforgettable, record-breaking time playing for our flagship university and the classy way he continues to represent it, Peyton is a Tennessee legend as much or… Read more »

    In 1999, when I first started in the staffing industry, our branch’s largest client was a local bathing suit manufacturer and processing center. They had two plants in the area – one to sew the product and another to tag and package it for distribution to various retail outlets. Although there were definitely… Read more »