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  • 5 Tricks That Will Make You Way More Productive

    12/21/15 10:00 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Job Seekers, News | Leave a Comment
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    Looking for quick and easy ways to improve productivity?

    We all are! Boosting productivity is essential to achieving work goals – whether they’re for yourself, your department or your entire organization. Below, Exact Staff shares five tricks that will help you and your team get more done in a snap:

    Change Your Mentality

    One of the best ways to instantly increase productivity is by resolving to never touch the same thing twice. Instead of filing something away to tend to later:

    • Act on it.
    • Delegate it.
    • Or get rid of it.

    When you make decisions about how to handle things as they come in, you don’t bog yourself down with follow-up items that rob you of critical time and focus.

    Add “No” to Your Vocabulary

    Are you one of those nice people who has a difficult time saying “no” or denying any favor asked of them? Get over it. When you can’t add a task to your plate, be professional – but direct. Vague phrases like “I’m not certain” or “Let me see” are just stalls that waste your (and the requester’s) time.

    Tame Email Checking

    If you let it, email will continually disrupt your focus and undermine your productivity. So instead of responding to each message as it comes in:

    • Set alerts to notify you when important vendors, clients or internal customers contact you.
    • Only check your email at predetermined intervals (say, every few hours or so).
    • Use your email’s auto-responder feature to notify people of when you’ll be checking your email again.

    Acknowledge the Multitasking Myth

    Research has proved that multitasking doesn’t work. Why? Because when it comes to the brain’s ability to pay attention, it focuses on concepts sequentially, not on two things at once. The brain has to disengage from one activity in order to engage in another— so you’re not able to give anything your full attention if you’re trying to do more than one thing at one time.

    Give your brain a break – and your productivity a boost – by focusing on only one task at a time.

    Get Help When You Need It

    When work piles up, Exact Staff’s experts are here to:

    • Offload low-priority and administrative activities, freeing up more of your time.
    • Provide on-demand support, right when you need it.
    • Cost-effectively flex your workforce, keeping your business running smoothly.
    • Prevent burnout and overwork, both of which can undermine workplace productivity.

    Whether you’re up against a deadline, need to staff up for a big project, or want to build your core team, our national staffing agency provides a full complement of staffing and placement services to help you get the most from your workforce.

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Set Goals to Help Your Business Grow in 2016

12/18/15 10:00 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Employers, News | Leave a Comment
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How do you eat an elephant?

One bite at a time.

You’re running a successful business – and you know that having a sound plan with measurable objectives is the best way to grow it. For example, when creating your strategic plan for next year, you probably included some sort of an over-arching growth objective like “grow top-line revenue by X percent over the next 12 months.”

Long-term growth goals like these are absolutely essential to establishing a clear direction for your business activities. To your employees, however, achieving them can seem like a daunting task – kind of like eating an elephant.

As a leader, it’s your job to help your employees “eat elephants” one bite at a time – by breaking down massive goals into smaller ones that are shorter-term and less intimidating. Because when it comes right down to it, strategic goals are achieved by picking away at them each day, one task at a time.

So, what’s the best way to devour your company’s “elephant”? Today, Exact Staff shares three tips for achieving your growth objectives in 2016:

Get Specific

You may know that you want to increase revenue by a certain dollar amount or percentage, but how does that translate into your employees’ daily activities? Take that growth goal and create an exact plan, which includes monthly and quarterly targets, to keep your team on track throughout the year. Smaller, shorter-term, time-specific milestones give your strategic goal structure and keep employees from feeling overwhelmed.

Find Ways to Create Momentum

When you set a massive, long-term goal, inertia can be the biggest obstacle to attaining it. To get your team moving, set some easy goals (like holding a brainstorming session, conducting some research or analyzing your sales data) which can be achieved quickly and with minimal effort. Why? When employees have frequent, early success, it creates a snowball effect. Their initial success leads to commitment and hard work, which ultimately fuels future success.

Stay Organized

To stay on track throughout the year, revisit your goals regularly. Hold weekly meetings to review your team’s progress toward your growth objectives:

  • Check off short-term goals you’ve completed
  • Discuss successes and challenges your staff is experiencing
  • Determine gaps or obstacles to hitting your goal
  • Adjust course (i.e., revise short-term goals) when necessary

Need Talented People to Fuel Your Growth in 2016?

Whether you’re increasing top-line revenue, launching new products or services, or targeting new industries, 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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[Study] Women’s Biggest Concerns in the Workplace

12/14/15 10:00 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Job Seekers, News | Leave a Comment
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Remember Rosie the Riveter?

A cultural icon from the WWII era, Rosie became a symbol of feminism and women’s rise in the workforce.

Since that time, women’s labor force participation rate has steadily increased. And today, women account for over half of U.S. workers.

Needless to say, women have come a long way in the world of work – but they still face considerable obstacles. What are their biggest concerns in today’s workplace? A global study of over 9,500 women by the Thomson Reuters Foundation reveals these top five issues:

Work-Life Balance

Among U.S. respondents, 43% of women rank work-life balance ahead of flexible work hours, insufficient maternity leave and even access to childcare.

Equal Pay

In the United States – and around the world – women are becoming more aware that they earn less than men working in the same jobs. Though the gender pay gap between male and female U.S. workers has narrowed over the past few decades, progress has stalled in recent years. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics research, in 2014, women working full-time in the U.S. typically were paid just 79% of what men were paid.

Harassment

Nearly one-third of the women polled say that they have been harassed at work – but unfortunately, less than 60% report their issues.

The Impact of Having Children on One’s Career

On the positive side, millennial women are more optimistic than older generations when it comes to their role in the workplace. Study results show that younger women are more confident that they can have children without damaging their career.

Equal Career Opportunities

Nearly half (47%) of the U.S. respondents believe that men have better access to career growth and professional development opportunities than women do. And when it comes to starting a business, just 33% of U.S. women surveyed believe they have the same chance of success as men.

In today’s workplace, achieving pay parity, and providing women with the work-life balance and career growth opportunities they need, are business imperatives. Whether you need a single temporary for a day or a comprehensive workforce solution, Exact Staff provides a full complement of staffing and placement services to support your pursuit of these goals.

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3 Pieces of Advice from Our Team on Making 2016 a Fresh Start

12/11/15 3:26 PM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Uncategorized | Leave a Comment
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2016 is almost here – and with it comes the chance to make a fresh start for your company.

No matter what sort of business challenges you struggled with last year – hitting production goals, managing turnover, controlling expenses – the New Year brings new opportunities to reinvent your organization, re-energize your team and turn over a new leaf.

Don’t miss your chance! If you’re ready to shake things up, here are 3 pieces of advice from the Exact Staff team to help you make a fresh start in 2016:

Get out of your box.

The same approaches, the same products and the same services will yield (you guessed it) the SAME RESULTS. The best way to get out of your rut? Try something different! Here are two suggestions for you and your team:

  • Get outside your comfort zone. You never know where your company’s next great idea or source of inspiration may come from. It could be from reading a new book, visiting a museum, attending a thought-provoking presentation, taking a class or even talking to a stranger. Challenge your employees to try new things – it’s a sure-fire way to get their creative juices flowing and spark innovation.
  • Test a new idea. Should you expand your offerings? Enter a new market? Diversify your business? You’ll never know unless you try. Exact Staff can provide project support to try out a new idea or free your core team to test new concepts.

Make it okay to fail.

To make a new start, you need to take risks. So build a culture that supports calculated risk-taking and outlines parameters for doing so. And when your employees fail, don’t punish them. Support them, learn what you can from their mistakes, and use that knowledge to create a roadmap for future success.

Don’t let perfection paralyze you.

Striving for excellence is admirable, but if pursuit of perfection blinds you to pursuing other smart opportunities, it can actually thwart your growth and change. Be smart about what things actually require “gold plating” in your business – and then create guidelines for areas of your business in which “great” is good enough.

Make your fresh start a success with help from Exact Staff.

No matter what you want to achieve in 2016, Exact Staff can help you get off to a great start. Whether you need short-term assistance, project professionals or talented people to grow your core team, we have the resources and national reach to help you attain your business goals.

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