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  • 4 Power Foods to Eat in the Morning to Increase Productivity

    08/21/15 10:00 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : News | Leave a Comment
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    Want to boost productivity by 20 percent?

    Get off to a better nutritional start in the morning.

    According to the World Health Organization, consuming the right foods can improve brain power by as much as 20 percent. Furthermore, healthy morning eating habits can reduce sick days, boost morale and even reduce accidents at work.

    But while the benefits of great nutrition are clear, knowing exactly which foods will really kick start your day can be a bit of a mystery.

    Don’t worry; we have you covered! Broaden your breakfast with these four a.m. power foods – and boost productivity for you and your team.

    Berries

    • Rich in antioxidants, berries of all types increase memory. And the darker the berry, the more rich it is in antioxidants.
    • Blueberries, in particular, are packed with anthocyanins. Thought to be responsible for neuron protection, this powerful antioxidant may enhance learning.
    • Put more berries in your breakfast. Try a berry smoothie, a berry and yogurt parfait, or a triple-berry fruit cup.

    Bananas

    • Quick energy comes from glucose – and bananas are a tasty (and filling) resource for this energy-inducing ingredient. In fact, just one banana contains all the glucose your body needs for an entire day, wrapped in its own beautiful yellow package.
    • Bananas are a healthier option for getting your glucose than cane sugar or other carb-heavy foods (which are often devoid of other nutrition).
    • Put more bananas in your breakfast. Try a peanut butter and banana smoothie; add banana to your berry and yogurt parfait (see above); or slice banana onto your morning cereal.

    Eggs

    • Packed with choline (which helps your body produce acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that boosts memory), eggs work to stimulate your brain’s reactive sensors.
    • Eggs are an excellent source of tyrosine, which creates chemicals that regulate your mood, alertness and attention span.
    • Eggs are also loaded with protein, which provides slow-digesting, sustained energy.
    • Put more eggs in your breakfast. Try them poached, fried, hard-boiled or in an omelet.

    Green Tea

    • Okay, it’s technically a beverage, but green tea packs as much nutritional power as other power foods – including polyphenols (another powerful antioxidant).
    • Green tea also contains a moderate amount of caffeine, but it isn’t as likely to jangle your nerves as coffee.
    • Put more green tea in your breakfast. Switch out your morning cup of joe for a cup of steeped green tea, or try matcha. It’s powdered green tea, so you get the added value of fiber.

    Employees super busy?

    Maximize their performance by helping them make better morning food choices, and by providing the support they need. Whether it’s a single temporary for a day or an entire project team, Exact Staff provides a range of staffing and placement services to increase productivity and create a healthier bottom line.

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Avoid These LinkedIn Photo Mistakes that Look Unprofessional

08/17/15 10:00 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : News | Leave a Comment
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New to LinkedIn? Want to polish up your existing profile?

Then focus on your photo. Why?

  • Your LinkedIn photo is one of the first things people look at.
  • According to LinkedIn, your profile is 11 times more likely to be viewed if it has a photo.
  • If you’re on the job market, recruiters make snap judgments (consciously and subconsciously) about your professionalism and viability as a candidate based on this one photo.

Right or wrong, your profile picture makes a HUGE difference in the success of your job search and your professional career. But the good news is, you can stack the deck in your favor – IF your photo sends the right message.

Convey a professional, positive image by avoiding these LinkedIn photo fails:

The Microscope.

Make sure your photo isn’t so zoomed in that viewers can count your eyelashes – or so zoomed out that viewers can’t make out your features. As a rule of thumb, your face should take up about 60% to 70% of the frame.

The Slacker.

Wearing a dingy t-shirt? Reclining on your sofa? Holding a cocktail? Even if your hair looks great and your smile is confident, photos like these don’t help your career. So don’t use them. Make sure you’re sitting upright and wearing clothing that’s appropriate for a workday in your profile picture – because that’s how other professionals should think of you.

The Moldy Oldie.

Considering using a photo of your “younger self?” If the photo is old enough to see a PG movie, ditch it. Outdated images look, well, OLD – and may make others wonder what you’re hiding. Show that you like your current self, and that you’re on top of your game, by uploading a photo from within the past two years.

The Macabre.

Unless you work (or want to work) in a haunted house, skip photos that are dark or were taken in harsh lighting (scrutinize them for creepy shadows cast across your face). Use a picture that was taken in natural light or a well-lit indoor location.

The Selfie.

Arms-length photos? They’re fine for Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – but definitely not LinkedIn. Even if you hate having your picture taken, ask a friend, family member or professional to snap your picture for you.

Don’t ignore the background!

Your fellow professionals size you up based on the context of your photo. So if that great headshot was taken at a bar or a pool party, skip it. Take a new photo which recaptures that relaxed smile in a more appropriate setting.

Need help with your job search strategy?

Contact an Exact Staff Career Agent. As a national employment agency, our recruiting experts can help you identify your strengths, evaluate your career options, and find assignments and full-time positions that align with your goals. Search open jobs here.

Conquer Your Inbox | Here’s How

08/14/15 1:00 PM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : News | Leave a Comment
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It’s official:

Email is running our business lives.

According to the McKinsey Global Institute, we spend, on average, 13 hours per workweek reading, deleting, sorting and sending emails. That’s over a quarter of a typical 40-hour week! Honestly, it’s a wonder we get anything accomplished in the office.

The key to greater workplace productivity? Conquer your inbox. Here’s how:

Stop the flood.

How many unwanted emails do you delete every time you check your inbox? Stop the barrage by conducting a simple search in your email program for the term “unsubscribe.” This pulls all the messages you receive from recurring senders. Scan the results and unsubscribe from senders who clog your inbox with irrelevant, unsolicited emails that waste your time.

Don’t check your email first thing.

Nope, that’s not a typo. While this may sound counterintuitive – even counterproductive – there’s sound logic behind tabling your first email check of the day (at least for a bit). When you plunge headfirst into your inbox without a clear plan for the day, you are automatically forced into “reactive mode:”

  • addressing yesterday’s fires;
  • responding to others’ requests; and
  • potentially shifting your priorities and derailing your workday.

Email is important, but checking it shouldn’t be the first item on your To-Do list. Keep control of your day by establishing your priorities first, and then adjusting them based on what you find in your inbox.

Check your email at regularly scheduled intervals.

If you drop everything to immediately answer incoming messages, you get off task and undermine your productivity. It’s way smarter to “batch” your email-checking activities, instead. Decide how often to check your email, whether it’s once an hour, every 15 minutes, or whatever works for your schedule. Then, only check messages at those pre-determined intervals.

Implement the “OHIO” rule: Only Handle It Once.

Immediately take care of the issue you find in each email. If that’s not possible, forward it to someone else to handle, file it to an appropriate folder, or schedule it for a later time.

Use built-in productivity tools.

For all those emails you have to “get to later,” don’t just flag them. Learn and use the productivity tools your email program contains to organize, prioritize and tame an otherwise unruly inbox. For example, Outlook allows you to color-code flagged items, create “rules” for incoming emails, and even setup a filing system for important emails that you need to save.

Conquering your inbox is one great way to improve productivity, but sometimes you need extra help to get things done. Exact Staff is here for you!

As a leading national staffing firm, we provide a full complement of staffing and placement services to improve focus. Eliminate busywork. Save time and money. And relieve administrative burdens that slow you down. Give us a call to find out what we can do for you.

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The Most Influential People Have These Habits

08/7/15 10:00 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : News | Leave a Comment
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Barack Obama. Pope Francis. Bill Gates. Oprah Winfrey.

No matter how you feel about these individuals, you can’t deny this simple truth:

They’re some of the most influential people in the world.

They speak their minds. Sway people’s opinions. And leave an indelible mark on everything they touch.

What’s their secret?

In a word, discipline. Influential people have created key habits for themselves which drive their success and enable them to make a profound impact on others. The good news? You can adopt these same habits – and become more influential, yourself.

Here are four habits to start working on:

Think for yourself.

If you’re easily swayed by public opinion or trends, strive to form your own opinions based on facts and evidence. Seek out information from a variety of reputable sources to fill your gaps in knowledge and reach sound conclusions.  Rely on what others know – not just what they think – to guide your decisions.

Pay attention to nonverbal cues.

Posture, tone of voice, and eye contact all send powerful nonverbal messages – and present opportunities for exerting influence. Show that you’re connected to the person you’re speaking with by mirroring their body language. Modeling another’s nonverbal behavior makes them feel more at ease, and therefore more open to your ideas and influence.

Tell others that you have faith in them.

When others know that you believe in them, they will work harder – and outside their comfort zone – to achieve what you expect from them. Make it clear to those you wish to influence that you’re confident in their abilities. They’ll be inclined to prove you right.

Embrace constructive conflict.

Influential people don’t shy away from disagreement – and they’re humble enough to realize that they don’t always know it all. Guard against knee-jerk emotional and defensive reactions to others’ dissenting opinions. Instead, welcome disagreement. Listen to what others say. Consider whether or not their ideas and points of view are valid. And if they are, be willing to embrace those ideas – because achieving a good end result is more important than being right.

Expanding your sphere of influence is a great way to attract talented candidates to your organization. But for those times when you need help with the process, Exact Staff is here for you.

With a national presence, and a full complement of staffing and placement services, we can rapidly deliver exceptional people to build your core team, improve productivity, and seamlessly flex your workforce to match changing demands.

What can we do for you?

Contact a staffing expert at your local Exact Staff office today.

 

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OSHA Compliance Update: How to Provide a Safe Workplace for Employees

07/30/15 5:48 PM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : News | Leave a Comment
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COMPLIMENTARY WEBINAR:
VITAL OSHA NEWS EMPLOYERS MUST KNOW!

Date: Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

Time: 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM PST

Cost: Free for Exact Staff clients

EXCLUSIVE FOR EXACT STAFF CLIENTS IN ALL INDUSTRIES NATIONWIDE

Led by Mike Rubell of the OSHA Defense League*

  • Review of New Regulations including all New GHS Rules
  • Discussion of the Most Frequently Cited Violations and How to Prevent Them
  • What to do if OSHA appears unexpectedly in your lobby
  • Least known OSHA violations and their potential costs and penalties
  • Q & A – you can submit a question PRIOR to the webinar and Mike will answer during the webinar

Info/RSVP: THIS IS A WEBINAR SO YOU CAN ATTEND IN THE COMFORT OF YOUR OWN OFFICE! UPON REGISTRATION YOU WILL BE GIVEN ACCESS DETAILS.

Register online by emailing to ginas@exactstaff.com – request to participate and you will receive an email back with access details. For additional registration needs or questions, contact ginas@exactstaff.com or call 818-348-1100 and ask for Gina Sarracino.

*Mike Rubell, MBA, Certified Safety Professional, is a regulatory compliance consultant with over 25 years of experience. He is the founder of National Compliance Institute, an independent full service environmental, health and safety consulting firm. The company specializes in bringing small to Fortune 500 sized businesses from all industries into regulatory compliance with such agencies as OSHA, EPA, DOT (Department of Transportation), and EDD on both state and federal levels. He serves as a consultant and expert witness on all OSHA related matters. Mike is the founder of the OSHA Defense League and produces OSHANEWS.COM Safety Compliance Newsletter.

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10 of the Most Commonly Misspelled Words in Business Correspondence

07/24/15 10:00 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : News | Leave a Comment
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Whether you’re an experienced manager or a recent graduate looking for your first job, one thing is for certain:

Mispelled misspelled words make you look ignorant.

And nobody wants that (especially in business correspondence)!

So before you send that email, upload that proposal or submit that resume, make sure it doesn’t contain one of these commonly misspelled words:

  1. Incorrect: seperate. Correct: separate (tip: remember the “par”).
  2. Incorrect: accomodate. Correct: accommodate (tip: remember that this word has two sets of double letters).
  3. Incorrect: definate. Correct: definite (tip: remember the “nite”).
  4. Incorrect: calender. Correct: calendar (tip: emphasize the “dar” as you write the word).
  5. Incorrect: arguement. Correct: argument (tip: remember to drop the middle “e”).
  6. Incorrect: embarass. Correct: embarrass (tip: this one also has two sets of double letters).
  7. Incorrect: existance. Correct: existence (tip: no “a” exists in this word).
  8. Incorrect: judgement. Correct: judgment (tip: drop the “e” before adding the suffix).
  9. Incorrect: liason. Correct: liaison (tip: remember the second “i”).
  10. Incorrect: perseverence. Correct: perseverance (tip: think of the word “severance” with a prefix).

“But I have a spell checker!”

That may be, but you shouldn’t trust it. Unfortunately, many programs miss homonym errors (i.e., incorrect usage of a real word), which are just as bad as typos. Here are the most common culprits:

  • “Too” (also) and “to” (preposition).
  • “Your” (possessive pronoun) and “you’re” (contraction for “you are”).
  • “Their” (possessive pronoun), “they’re” (contraction for “they are”) and “there” (adverb describing location).
  • “Its” (possessive pronoun) and “it’s” (contraction for “it is”).

Nobody is perfect, but we hope these tips will help you send correspondence that’s as close to error-free as possible!

Searching for that “perfect” temporary or new hire?

Exact Staff can help with that, too!

We go beyond job descriptions to uncover what candidates truly need to thrive in your organization. Whether your requirements are local or national, temp or direct-hire, we’ll deliver the exact talent solution you need.

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4 Ways to Remove Yourself from Distractions in the Office

07/20/15 10:00 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : News | Leave a Comment
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Here’s an interesting statistic from the University of California, Irvine:

Once interrupted, it takes an average of over 23 minutes to get back to the task at hand.

23 minutes!

And here’s another one from the McKinsey Global Institute:

The average person spends 13 hours (a full 28 percent) of their workweek reading, deleting sorting and sending emails.

28 percent!

Given the interruptions and time-wasters the average worker deals with every day, it’s a miracle they get anything accomplished in the office.

Obviously, it’s virtually impossible to completely eliminate distractions at work. Customers need attention. Emails have to be answered. And some meetings are absolutely mandatory. But despite the realities of today’s “interruption culture,” there ARE ways you can boost your productivity and focus at work. Today, Exact Staff shares four ways to minimize distractions in the office – and get more done:

  • Plan for interruptions. Instead of letting distractions control your day, take control of them. Schedule those unavoidable interruptions – things like answering emails, returning phone calls and socializing – at pre-determined times. When you have a scheduled time planned for each task, it frees you to focus on other priorities for the rest of the day.
  • Control your physical environment. Open windows on your computer, a cluttered desk and chirping notifications contribute to chaos. When you need to focus, create a more serene environment for yourself. Silence and hide your phone. Turn off notifications. Neaten your desk and your computer.
  • Schedule distractions. Some interruptions can actually improve productivity! In this earlier post, we explain “microbursts” – and how scheduling “distraction time” can help your brain to rapidly restore a high level of function. Even a simple two-minute microburst can provide enough of a break to boost your focus, attention and productivity.
  • Improve meeting planning. Notorious time-wasters, meetings provide immense opportunity for increasing productivity. When you plan multiple meetings, schedule them back-to-back (to minimize downtime in between). Distribute a clear agenda (at least 24 hours in advance) with discussion items, required preparation, and a rough timeline, so that everyone gets the greatest return on their invested time.

Removing yourself from distractions in the office is a great way to improve productivity, but sometimes you need extra help to get things done. Exact Staff is here for you!

As a leading national employment agency, we provide a range of staffing and placement services to improve focus. Eliminate busywork. Save time and money. And relieve administrative burdens that slow you down. Give us a call to find out what we can do for you.

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3 TED Talks that will Inspire You

07/17/15 10:00 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : News | Leave a Comment
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Need some inspiration, insight and motivation to share with your employees?

All great leaders do!

No matter what functional area you manage – sales, HR, operations, IT, finance – finding fresh perspectives and new sources of information makes you a better business person (and a better leader, to boot). Whether it’s watching a video or reading a business book, continual education challenges your thinking, broadens your horizons and improves your value as a professional.

Unfortunately, searching out the best resources can be time consuming. So, we’ve done the legwork to make it a little easier for you. Below, we’ve assembled three of our favorite TED talks that are sure to inspire you and your team. We hope you find them as motivating as we do!

Simon Sinek: How Great Leaders Inspire Action

This TED Talk is the most viewed of all time – and with good reason. It explores how exceptional leaders think, act and communicate to get their teams to work toward common goals.

In Sinek’s Talk, you will find out how the “whys” and “hows” of what your organization does are the biggest motivators driving innovation success. In addition, you will learn how great leaders inspire cooperation, trust and change.

Tony Robbins: Why We Do What We Do

Success coach, leadership psychology expert and author Tony Robbins explains how to lock your true potential. His TED Talk explores the “three decisions of destiny” that shape every moment of your life, as well as the six core human needs – certainty, variety, significance, connection/love, growth and contributing to something larger than oneself – that drive you to do what you do.

Steve Jobs: How to Live Before You Die

In this poignant Talk, Jobs relates three stories in his life that could have caused his undoing, but instead served as stepping stones to learn and achieve more. He explains why staying hungry, staying foolish and pursuing your dreams in spite of life’s setbacks are essential to living life to its fullest – even when death is staring you in the face.

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3 Business Ideas and Opportunities That Will Inspire You

07/10/15 3:26 PM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : News, Uncategorized | Leave a Comment
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A pen that writes in over 16 million colors?

Plastic bags that are “upcycled” into student backpacks with solar-powered lamps?

Ambulance drones?

These are just a few of the amazing new innovations from businesses around the world. How are they doing it? By creating corporate cultures that supports the development of great ideas, and by hiring people who:

  • collaborate well;
  • think outside the box; and
  • work in environments that foster creativity and innovation.

Let’s take a look at what some of these amazing companies and people have created.

The 16 Million Color Pen

Scribble is a pen with two very special ends – one is a drawing nib with refillable ink cartridges; the other is a scanner. What makes it so amazing? In just a few seconds, Scribble scans the color of any object and converts it to an RGB value (which is stored in Scribble’s internal memory and can be synced to many digital devices).

Then, the pen custom-mixes ink, which enables it to immediately begin drawing with that exact color. And if that wasn’t cool enough, Scribble comes in two forms – the Ink Pen described above to draw on paper, and a Digital Stylus to draw on iPads, Android tablets and Microsoft Surface.

Superhero Student Backpacks

Repurpose School Bags were created with a noble mission in mind – providing students in poverty-stricken communities with the tools they need to realize their academic potential.

Made from recycled plastic bags, Repurpose backpacks feature small solar panels that harness the sun’s energy (during students’ walk to and from school). When students return home, the panels power high-efficiency lamps that allow them to complete their studies at night.

Flying First-Aid Kits

Emergencies can strike anywhere, anytime – but ambulances can get caught in traffic, or be unable to reach victims in remote areas. The Ambulance Drone overcomes these obstacles by delivering emergency supplies (via drone) to any location within minutes. Equipped with an automated defibrillator and other essential medical equipment, the drone allows any lay-person to deliver nontechnical lifesaving procedures.

Need exceptional people to fuel innovation in your company?

Exact Staff delivers talented people – thinkers, doers, leaders – to meet your local or national hiring needs. Contact our recruiters today to discuss your requirements.

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How Can Daydreaming IMPROVE Productivity?

05/29/15 10:00 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Career Advice, Job Seekers, News | Leave a Comment
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You know that employee who’s zoned out?

He may hold the key to greater productivity for your organization.

Conventional wisdom dictates that managers should keep employees “focused” and “on-task” to maximize productivity. But recent research has shown that occasionally allowing employees to space out, goof off and daydream can actually benefit your business.

Yep, we said it.

And big employers like Google, Facebook and LinkedIn agree. They give their employees “goof off time” to experiment, zone out or pursue something they’re passionate about. All that “piddling around” has ultimately resulted in some of their most successful products, including Gmail and AdSense.

Maybe they’re onto something here.

So before you crack down on that employee who’s staring off into space, consider the following ways daydreaming can actually IMPROVE productivity, creativity and focus:

Daydreaming activates and engages the brain.

While the activity seems passive, the human brain is actually extremely active during a daydream. In fact, daydreaming involves the same brain processes associated with imagination and creativity, and it’s in this engaged state that employees may make sudden connections and have profound insights.

Daydreaming frees employees’ minds from “tunnel vision.”

When actively brainstorming solutions, the brain doesn’t have full access to memory banks where useful information resides. But when the mind is free to wander, research has shown that it can access memories and potential solutions that the conscious mind just can’t.

Mental vacations help employees recharge and refocus.

Ever hear of a microburst? It’s a brief “recovery period” that allows bodies (or brains) to rapidly restore a high level of function. A simple two-minute “mental vacation” – playing a quick round of Candy Crush or just staring out the window – provides employees with enough of a break to boost focus, attention and productivity

Microbursts and daydreams can be great productivity boosters, but sometimes they’re just not enough to help you accomplish everything you need to do. If you could use an extra hand, Exact Staff is ready to lend one!

As a leading national employment agency, we provide a range of staffing and placement services to save time. Increase focus. Eliminate busywork. And relieve administrative burdens. Give us a call to find out what we can do for you. Contact our premier team of recruiters today.