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  • The Truth to Setting Measurable Goals that Will Help Your Business Grow

    11/16/15 10:00 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Employers | Leave a Comment
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    Ever get so wrapped up in fighting fires, or managing your job, that you lose sight of the big picture?

    There’s a cure for that – and it starts with better goal-setting.

    The truth is, it’s easy to get derailed from achieving your growth goals unless you’re deliberate, consistent and structured.

    “SMART” Goals Can Help You Stay on Track

    If you’re unfamiliar with this common business acronym, SMART goals are:

    • Specific: They should describe, in detail, the result that is desired.
    • Measurable:  Goals must be structured so that it’s very clear whether or not they were met.
    • Achievable: Individuals and teams should have the resources, training and experience needed to attain goals.
    • Realistic: Goals should be challenging, but not so much so that the chance of success is small.
    • Time-based: Goals should have specific timelines so that they’re a tangible priority.

    But once you’ve created those SMART goals, how can you ensure they’ll actually help your organization grow in 2016? Use these tips to move from “nice idea” to flawless execution:

    Garner Support Beyond Your Executive Team

    Involvement breeds commitment! To ensure your goals will be supported company-wide, involve your high performers and thought leaders in every step of execution.

    Communicate to Get Everyone on the Same Page

    Provide customized, plain-English documentation to each department, emphasizing goals that are most relevant to each group’s work.  The better your employees understand what you’re trying to achieve – and how their daily efforts can support your growth – the more likely they are to help you accomplish them.

    Create Cascading Goals

    Once you’ve rolled out high-level goals, require teams to build measurable goals that support them. This encourages employees to develop ownership responsibility not just for their own accomplishments, but for those of the entire organization.

    Revisit Goals Regularly

    Meet monthly with personnel who are accountable for reaching your goals.  When you get together, ask the employee who is responsible for meeting each objective to give a quick status update. If progress is on track, that’s great; but if growth is behind schedule, discuss the reasons and create a plan to get back on track.

    Need Exceptional People to Fuel Your Growth?

    Whether you’re launching new products or services, targeting new industries or increasing market penetration, Exact Staff can supply the right talent for your local or national staffing needs. Contact a recruiter today to discuss your requirements.

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How to Disrupt Your Industry

11/13/15 10:00 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Employers, News | Leave a Comment
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What do companies like Uber, Spotify and Dropbox have in common?

They’re three of the top companies whose innovations are revolutionizing the business landscape. These organizations aren’t just coming up with cool new products and services; they’re turning their respective industries on their heads.

How do they do it – and how can you accomplish the same? Here are five ways you can disrupt your industry and catapult your business to the top:

Don’t Believe the Hype

When it comes to industry disruptors, be careful not to limit your thinking based on widely held misconceptions. Here are three myths about startups and innovators:

  • If you’ve been in business awhile, you cannot remain disruptive. The truth? Well-established companies can still attract big sums of venture capital to fuel innovation.
  • Silicon Valley is where it’s at. The truth? Businesses in Boston, Chicago, New York City and around the globe attract notable investors and talent.
  • If you’re not a 20-something Ivy-Leaguer, you’ve missed the boat. The truth? You’re never too old to innovate. Top industry disruptors represent every demographic – from Gen Y through Baby Boomers.

Learn How to Say, “No”

While the mantra “the customer is always right” may drive loyalty, it often hampers innovation. To create something no one has seen before, you must focus on what your business is great at – and turn down the rest.

Be Predict-ive, not Predict-able

To turn an industry on its head, you need to lead the way and set the trends (not follow them). Pay attention to what customers say. Educate yourself outside your industry. Read influential business content to help you identify the next big opportunity for your company.

Connect the Dots

Innovations often spring from a combination of two things people love, want or need. Challenge your team to find the intersection between two great ideas – and create something that brings them together.

Assemble a Killer Team of Innovators

The single biggest competitive advantage your company has is its people. If you want to disrupt your industry, Exact Staff has the talented people – thinkers, doers, leaders – to shake things up. Ready to innovate? Contact our national recruiters today to discuss your requirements.

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“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!”

11/11/15 4:33 PM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Community, Events, Informational, Social Media News | Leave a Comment
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Want to Grow Your Business? Start Delegating These 6 Tasks

11/9/15 10:00 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Employers | Leave a Comment
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Enjoying those 14-hour work days?

We didn’t think so. But unless you’re proactively handing-off non-essential tasks and projects, those marathon work days aren’t likely to get any shorter.

Your best solution? Start delegating.

Delegation is much more than a work/life balance tool; it’s a critical business process that can help you run a more efficient, profitable business. So until cloning becomes more full-proof and cost-effective, delegate these tasks to get them off your plate (while making sure they still get done correctly):

  1. Accounting and bookkeeping tasks, such as sending out invoices, inputting financial information and maintaining records.
  2. Administrative tasks, including scheduling appointments, fielding incoming calls, preparing correspondence and managing your calendar.
  3. Data entry tasks, including database maintenance and new data entry.
  4. Packing and shipping tasks, including sending out mass mailings and fulfilling product orders.
  5. Call center and customer service tasks, including handling appointment scheduling and incoming customer calls.
  6. IT support tasks, including troubleshooting and resolving computer problems, as well as training employees on new software and hardware.

Tips for Effective Delegation

  • State goals clearly.  Describe what the results should look like.
  • Tell employees how to act.  Should they wait for instructions, recommend a course of action, or simply act and then report the results?
  • Provide adequate support and be available to answer questions.
  • Plan in “revision time.”  Send work back for a re-do if needed, with specific feedback.
  • Make sure employees have the authority and resources they need to do the job.
  • Recognize and reward outstanding performance.
  • Know what NOT to delegate. If a task: directly impacts quality, innovation or finances; is crisis-related; or is confidential, keep it on your own plate.

Get Help from Your Staffing Partner

A national employment agency like Exact Staff can:

  • Deliver the right people – exactly when you need them – to take on delegated tasks.
  • Provide temporary support to “offload” low-priority tasks, while your skilled employees tackle more complex concerns.
  • Be your hiring “delegees.” Delegate hiring, screening, and strategic planning decisions to Exact Staff. You provide the information. We do the work. You get great results!

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Get Twice as Much Done in Half the Time

11/6/15 6:49 PM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Job Seekers, News | Leave a Comment
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Need to work a 60-hour week to get it all done?

For a country so obsessed with productivity, we sure do put in a lot of extra hours.

But, it doesn’t have to be that way! With the right strategy (and a healthy measure of discipline), you can easily accomplish twice as much work in about half the time. Here’s how:

Make Smart Lists (and Stick to Them)

Anybody can jot down a To-Do list. But, to become a true efficiency master, you need to take this productivity tool to the next level:

  • Write your list at the end of the day – when unfinished items are banging around in your head, begging to be organized. Then, fine-tune it in the morning once you’ve reviewed your inbox and voicemail.
  • Keep it realistic. Commit to finishing 1 major task, 3 or 4 secondary tasks, and 4 or 5 little things. That’s it.
  • Make it practical. Break major tasks into smaller components, including time estimates for each (this will help prevent you from over-committing yourself).
  • Stick to it.  Once you put it in writing, hold yourself accountable and for getting the job done (this is where self-discipline is critical).

Work in Bursts

Your brain, like your muscles, gets fatigued after long periods of exertion. Research has shown that working hard for a short period, and then taking a “mental recovery break,” is a great way to rapidly restore a high level of function.

Schedule “distraction time” (e.g., to play a quick round of Candy Crush, call a friend or just stare out the window) throughout your day to give your brain a break. By spending just a few minutes off-task, you’ll return to work with higher focus, attention and productivity.

Minimize Distractions

While it’s impossible to eliminate distractions at work, you can use these tips to thrive in the “interruption culture”:

  • Plan for interruptions. Schedule 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. To increase your ability to focus, create a more serene environment for yourself. Silence and hide your phone. Turn off notifications. Neaten your desk. Close open windows on your computer.
  • Improve meeting planning. Meetings provide huge opportunities for improving efficiency. 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. And when you plan multiple meetings, schedule them back-to-back to minimize wasted time.

Need a Hand Getting it All Done?

Give Exact Staff’s experts a call. We provide a full complement of staffing and placement services to save time. Keep you focused on key priorities. Eliminate busywork. And relieve administrative burdens. Give us a call to find out what we can do for you.

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