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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.

    EXACT STAFF – 818.348.1100

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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