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  • What’s the ideal career for your zodiac sign?

    03/26/18 9:15 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Job Seekers | Leave a Comment
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    Fighting an uphill battle in your current job?

    Feel like you’ve stagnated in your career – or like you just aren’t doing the type of work you’re meant for?

    You might be in the wrong career for your zodiac sign.

    Before you scoff and assume we’ve completely lost our marbles, consider this:

    Several years ago, CareerBuilder conducted a legitimate online survey of more than 8,700 workers. It found meaningful correlations between the professions individuals are drawn to and their zodiac sign – and that people born under certain astrological signs are more likely to earn 6-figure incomes than others.

    What’s the ideal career for your zodiac sign?

    Here are a few options to consider:

    Aquarius

    Analytical and clever, friendly and independent, you work well with all types of people – yet have no problem voicing your own opinion and breaking the rules.

    Best careers for your zodiac sign: apps developer/technological innovator, sales, military, engineering, mechanic, food preparation

    Pisces

    Compassionate and intuitive, you accept others as they are – and work best in situations where you can bring to life what you see in your mind’s eye.

    Best careers for your zodiac sign: designer, artist, social worker, personal care, IT, facilities management and mechanic

    Aries

    Highly creative and full of big ideas, you inspire others to action – but dislike getting bogged down with minute details.

    Best careers for your zodiac sign: venture capitalist, EMT, government worker, construction, hotel /recreation, IT, education and transportation

    Taurus

    Determined (even stubborn), hard-working and loyal, you’re calm and grounded – and seek a career that offers both stability and growth.

    Best careers for your zodiac sign: restauranteur, nursing, engineering, administrative assistant, technician, attorney/judge, marketing/public relations and higher education

    Gemini

    Quick-witted, adaptable and clever, you’re great at multitasking and bringing people together from all walks of life.

    Best careers for your zodiac sign: stylist, journalist/media, art/design/architecture, nursing and personal care, sales, law enforcement and machine operation

    Cancer

    Caring, intuitive and sometimes moody, you have what people call “creative vision” – and should seek a career that allows you to realize that vision.

    Best careers for your zodiac sign: writer, real estate, therapist/counselor, legal services, advertising, higher education, transportation and military

    Leo

    Confident, ambitious and passionate, you’re well suited for careers that allow you to blend work and play.

    Best careers for your zodiac sign: entertainment, politics, public relations, legal services, art/design/architecture, engineering, entertainment and education

    Virgo

    Detail oriented and analytical, you enjoy jobs where you can cross things off as you complete them.

    Best careers for your zodiac sign: chemist, landscaper, social worker, graphic designer, sales, hotel/recreation, editing/writing and food preparation

    Libra

    Diplomatic and intelligent, yet sometimes indecisive, you are graceful under pressure – and thrive in careers that allow you to balance daily tasks with big-picture responsibilities.

    Best careers for your zodiac sign: architect, counselor, social worker, advertising, law enforcement, firefighter, sales and education

    Scorpio

    Dynamic, resourceful and outspoken, you need a career that taps into your passion and intuition.

    Best careers for your zodiac sign: surgeon, psychologist, detective, legal services, engineering, science, education, construction and skilled trades

    Sagittarius

    Philosophical and optimistic, you thrive in big, adventurous environments that allow freedom of movement and expression.

    Best careers for your zodiac sign: athletics, flight attendant/pilot, writing, marketing/public relations, entertainment, hotel/recreation, IT and military

    Capricorn

    Ambitious, resourceful and patient, you are not afraid to go against the grain – and do whatever it takes to be the best.

    Best careers for your zodiac sign: finance, business development, trainer, art/design/architecture, nursing, science, IT, farming and food preparation

    Searching for the perfect career opportunity?

    Contact an Exact Staff Career Agent. While we don’t rely on Tarot cards or crystal balls, we do use in-depth interviews and personalized assessments to help you:

    • identify your strengths;
    • evaluate your career options;
    • find assignments and full-time positions that align with your goals and suit your personality.

Simple Ways to Generate Positive Energy in Your Organization

03/23/18 9:15 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Employers | Leave a Comment
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Here are a few facts about energy in the workplace:

  • All people, objects and spaces have energy.
  • That energy can be shared, increased or drained.
  • For people, energy naturally flows toward meaningful action – and can be increased through focused, fulfilling work.
  • Leaders have a huge impact on others’ energy. They can ignite and fuel it, or suck it out of employees.

Bearing these principles of workplace energy in mind, what can you do to generate more positive vibes in your company? Consider these options:

Employ the Listen – Care – Challenge Model of Leadership

In his Leadership Freak blog, Dan Rockwell shares this simple system to build positive energy in your team:

  • Listen to your employees. Ask questions to learn more about their concerns, needs, ideas and goals. Move beyond their complaints to reveal underlying aspirations and truly understand where they’re coming from.
  • Show employees you care. Respect their perspectives, challenges and aspirations by using phrases like “I see what you’re saying,” and “You seem excited about/troubled by this.”
  • Challenge employees. Encourage them to take action, solve their own problems and achieve more with questions like “What would you like to do about that?” and “What’s the next step?”

Clean and Organize Together

Like living things, objects and even entire buildings have energy vibrations. When you take proper care of those things and remove clutter, you welcome positive energy into your space. Plus, pulling together to improve your work environment increases feelings of camaraderie, which will improve the vibe.

Spring is here, and it’s the perfect time to gut those desks, purge computer files, repair equipment, deep-clean work areas and implement new organizational systems. Make sure the exercise is a positive one by:

  • Scheduling it. Set aside ample time for employees to get the job done.
  • Explaining the benefits. A healthier environment, more space and improved efficiency are just a few.
  • Making it fun. Allow your team to dress down. Provide lunch for them. And if it’s possible, turn on some music to keep enthusiasm high.

Banish Negative Vibes

In this earlier post, we share six smart ways to eliminate negative talk and other toxic behaviors that can ruin the vibe in your otherwise positive organization.

Hire Positive People

Helpful, confident and upbeat people lift up your entire team. Strive to systematically replace negative employees with realists and optimists. Look for individuals who display a positive attitude, respect others and are upbeat even in tough circumstances.

Want to Build More Positive Energy in Your Workplace?

Exact Staff’s recruiting experts will refer candidates with the personality traits and soft skills to help you build a dynamic, high-performing and positive work environment. Contact our national employment agency today to get started.

Leadership or Forwardship: Which Does Your Business Need?

03/19/18 8:15 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Employers | Leave a Comment
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Every once in a while, we come across a concept so revolutionary, we feel compelled to share it.

Today is one of those days.

A team member here at Exact Staff recently shared an intriguing article on the concept of “forwardship.” (If you’ve never heard of it, don’t worry – it’s a new idea!)

Okay, so What is It?

In a nutshell, forwardship is the process of preparing an organization for changes in the marketplace, and of pushing through stagnancy and fear to act in ways that drive innovation.

In the article, the authors assert that leadership failures are often due to knee-jerk reactions to disruptors – things like technological advancements, economic shifts, widespread corporate uncertainty, and other “wild cards” that can swiftly pull the rug out from under a seemingly healthy business.

It got us thinking: Can a company prevent critical leadership failures by cultivating forwardship?

We believe so. Below, we share a few ways to step out of reactive, survival mode and truly “forward” your business:

Get Past Your Fear of Disruption

Change is inevitable. Businesses that merely react will find themselves continually racing to catch up with the competition – and in serious jeopardy. If you systematically challenge the status quo, however, you prime your team for innovation. Fear is to be expected, but teach your team to accept it, embrace it and act in spite of it.

Confront Your Boredom, Safety and Complacency at Work

Stagnation is the enemy of innovation. To drive your business forward, you must be willing to abandon tried-and-true practices in favor of potentially better – yet unproven – ways of getting things done.

Focus on Your Customers’ Problems – Not Just Our Own

Truly visionary organizations look beyond their own problems and ask: “What problems are we trying to solve for the customer?” and “How can we solve customers’ problems more efficiently and effectively?” Focusing on customers’ current and future challenges, needs, desires and problems is an effective antidote to organizational myopia.

Build the Right Culture

A culture based on traditional, top-down leadership doesn’t support forwardship. What does? A culture that:

  • supports the development of great ideas across teams, departments and organizational levels;
  • rewards calculated risk-taking and makes occasional failure acceptable;
  • tolerates healthy conflict;
  • prioritizes continual learning, professional development and mentoring.

Hire the Right People

In this earlier post, we reviewed the dangers of “groupthink,” the practice of thinking or making group decisions that discourage creativity and dissent, for the sake of harmony. If you’re seeing too many heads nodding in agreement around the office, you might be stifling innovation – and threatening your company’s survival. Instead of hiring “yes men,” hire people who collaborate well, think outside the box, share their opinions (even when they are unpopular), value constructive conflict and thrive in empowered environments.

Leadership or Forwardship – Which Does Your Business Need?

Both! And Exact Staff can provide the talent and solutions to help you improve both. With a national presence, the Exact Family of Companies is the ideal partner to test new concepts, hire innovative thinkers, enhance your team’s flexibility – and help you prepare for what’s next.

To develop the best strategy for your organization, we invite you to schedule a free consultation today.

Work/Life Balance is Starting to Blend Together – and that might be alright

03/16/18 9:15 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Career Advice | Leave a Comment
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Half a trillion dollars (yep – trillion, with a “t”).

That’s the estimated annual cost of work stress to U.S. employers, according to this 2017 Mental Health America study.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

This eye-opening survey includes dozens of disturbing statistics that quantify the extensive impact job stress has on today’s workforce:

  • One in three (33%) of respondents report missing work because of stress.
  • Among those reporting they “always or often” miss work due to workplace stress, over half (53%) miss six or more work days each month.
  • 81% of respondents say the stress from their job affects relationships with friends or family.

You’re smart. You don’t need statistics like these to convince you that job stress is bad for your employees and your business. What you do need are practical tips for helping your staff manage the daily stress that’s an unavoidable part of their job.

And that’s exactly what we share here:

Provide Resilience Training

Bring in a consultant to teach your staff how to reflect and become more self-aware. By training your employees to become more mindful, they will more clearly recognize the specific causes of their stress and plan appropriate coping strategies to manage it – like eating well, exercising and getting adequate sleep. Increased awareness, coupled with healthy stress-management habits, will help your employees to bounce back from stressors.

Find the Humor in Stressful Situations

When it comes to combatting stress, a good laugh can be the best medicine. The next time you see a coworker struggling with a tough work situation, find an appropriate way to break through with laughter. Share a funny joke or story (as long as you’re not laughing at some else’s expense) or frame the situation differently to provide some perspective. Humor may not change your employee’s predicament, but a good laugh can definitely lighten their mood and improve their mindset.

Share the Best Productivity Habits

Boosting productivity is essential to helping employees achieve their work goals. And logically, they’ll feel less stressed when they check more things off their to-do list. In this post, our team shares 5 productivity hacks that will give your team a little more breathing room each day.

Help Employees Achieve a Healthier Work/Life Mix

As technology blurs the boundaries separating home and work, it’s becoming tougher for employees to completely disconnect at the day’s end. In this earlier post, our team shares tips for facilitating a healthy work/life “blend” that’s sustainable and promotes peak performance.

Offer Flexible Work Options

Make it easy for your employees to take the time away from work they need to stay focused, productive and balanced. Implement a formal program that allows employees to design their schedules to accommodate their personal lives. Popular options include flextime, job sharing, telecommuting and extended leaves.

Provide Adequate Staffing Support

All employees need time off to recharge, refocus and recover from work stress. Make sure your business is prepared to handle short- and long-term absences with support from Exact Staff. Whether you require a single temporary for a day, an entire project team for a month, or a strategic staffing program to increase work flex, we provide a range of staffing and placement services to combat work stress and create a healthier bottom line.

Eliminate These Stress-Inducing Habits

03/12/18 2:40 PM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Employers | Leave a Comment
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When you feel uptight or anxious, sometimes there’s a clear culprit – like that traffic jam that’s making you late, or those three cups of coffee you just chugged.

Other times, the reasons may not be so obvious.

Could Your Daily Routine to Blame?

Seemingly innocuous habits, like the ones listed below, can heighten your baseline stress level and contribute to chronic fatigue, tension and diminished performance. If you want to make every day more successful and less hectic, eliminate these common stress-inducing habits:

Related post: 4 Habits to Dramatically Improve Your Life

Bad Sleep Habits

Hitting that snooze button four times every morning? Getting in bed with your phone or laptop? Tsk, tsk – you know better. Banish tech at least 30 minutes before you go to bed and set your alarm for the time your feet should hit the floor. Otherwise, you’re robbing yourself of the great night’s sleep you need.

Addiction to Your To-Do List

Your to-do list can be an effective tool to keep you focused and your activities prioritized. But if you’re continually checking, re-checking and rewriting it throughout the day, that hypervigilance can make you feel more worried than accomplished. Be realistic when you create your daily to-do list and use it the way it’s intended – as a periodic reminder, not a taskmaster. And give yourself a little pat on the back as you cross things off!

Skipping Meals

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.

Whether you’re trying to lose weight or are “just too busy” to take the time to eat, skipping meals only makes you drowsy, hangry and more stressed. In this earlier post, we share 4 power foods you should eat in the morning to stay focused and productive.

Bad Hiring Habits

Still posting dull job descriptions with drab lists of responsibilities? Relying on outdated recruiting tactics? Leaving candidates hanging? Dragging your feet during the hiring process? Any of these habits can undermine hiring success – and stress everyone out.

Exact Staff is Here to Make Things Easier

With offices across the country and a full complement of staffing and recruiting solutions, we take the stress out of staffing your business. Whether you need temporary staffing support or are growing your core team, make a habit of calling Exact Staff.

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