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  • Best Productivity Hacks for Your Small Business

    08/29/18 10:00 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Employers | Leave a Comment
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    When you’re a small business owner, your time is valuable – and extremely limited! The same goes for your team. Employees wear multiple hats, and their list of to do’s likely grows by the minute.

    Too bad you can’t grow more time to get everything done.

    Or can you?

    There are still only 24 hours in a day – but with these productivity hacks, your small business can make huge gains in speed and efficiency, and get more out of every minute of the work day:

    Empower Team Members

    Micromanagement is a notorious productivity killer. Make sure your employees have the tools, training, guidelines, resources, autonomy and authority to accomplish their work free from micromanagement – then let go of the reins! When you trust and equip your employees to do a great job for you, their motivation and performance will soar.

    Conquer Your Inbox (And Teach Your Team to do the Same)

    Would you believe people spend an average of 13 hours per workweek reading, deleting, sorting and sending emails? Who has time for that? In this post, we share practical tips to stop the flood of unwanted emails, batch your email-checking, and free up more time for meaningful work.

    Remember Parkinson’s Law

    According to this law, work expands to fill the time available for its completion. If you give someone an hour to complete a task, they’ll get it done in an hour. And if you give them an hour and a half, they’ll probably take the full hour and a half to complete the exact same task.

    The point is, the length of time it takes to complete a task is largely a matter of perception. So, when it makes sense, put time constraints on daily tasks. In this post, we share specific tips for adding structure to your small business to dramatically improve productivity.

    Use the Right Apps

    Without the right tech, your small team can easily get distracted, disorganized and overwhelmed. Here are a few apps to help you and your employees work smarter – and more productively:

    • Asana. This online hub provides a central dashboard, allowing team collaborators to communicate and check on projects to cut down on calls and emails.
    • Toggl, Timecamp and Hours. If you bill work hourly, these apps all make it effortless to track billables.
    • Nimble. This popular CRM app allows you to organize contacts. Once you’ve entered someone’s email, the system is smart enough to recognize social media handles, segment lists, set follow-up reminders and more.
    • Square. This app uses a credit card scanner that plugs directly into your smartphone or tablet – allowing you to take a credit card payment anywhere, without a cash register.
    • Evernote. Organize everything you write – from simple notes to robust reports – in one place to facilitate sharing across small teams and devices.

    Read Up!

    We’ve published a ton of great content to help small employers like you improve productivity. Here are a few to check out, and be sure to browse our archives for more useful ideas:

    Supercharge the Efficiency of Your Small Team

    Driving Team Productivity Starts with the Right Software

    Struggling to Get it All Done?

    When you need extra help to hit deadlines, tackle special projects or free up more of your time for high-priority work, Exact Staff is here for you. We can’t grow time, but our national staffing and placement services will help you get more done, every day.

    How can we be of assistance? Contact a staffing expert at your local Exact Staff office today.

Improve Your Life with These Everyday Tips

08/24/18 9:15 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Job Seekers | Leave a Comment
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If you could improve one aspect of your life, what would it be?

Your finances? Relationships? Health and fitness? Career?

No matter what you’d like to change about yourself, it won’t happen overnight – and it won’t happen by accident – but there is a simple formula for success:

Small Habits + Consistency = Meaningful Change

Lasting improvements in any area of your life will take hold by consistently implementing everyday tips like these:

Take Responsibility for Where You Are Now

Admit your mistakes and own your role in your current circumstances. Being honest with yourself is the first step to heading in a different direction.

Believe It

Believe in yourself, that you’re capable of change, and that today will be better than yesterday. Having confidence in your ability to change is essential to achieving it.

Face Your Fear

Whether it’s fear of failure, fear of making the wrong choice, or fear of the unknown, you must face it to conquer it.

Love Yourself

Take time every day to care for yourself by going for a walk, listening to your favorite music, meditating or engaging in any other form of nurturing. The more you love yourself, the more positive your outlook will be, and the better equipped you’ll be to handle the stress of change.

Get Sufficient Sleep

Your brain and body repair themselves when you sleep in ways that aren’t possible during waking hours. In this post (link to “Here’s Proof that Sleeping in on the Weekend Can Add Years to Your Life) we explain proven benefits of getting more sleep.

Exercise Daily

Exercising regularly is one of the best things you can do to improve your attitude, confidence, resilience and performance – all of which will prime you to make other positive changes in your life. In this post, we share key benefits of frequent exercise.

Laugh More

When it comes to alleviating stress, a good laugh can boost your mood and improve your mindset. Life is short. Learn how to laugh at yourself and find ways to inject more humor in your life. Try watching stand-up comedians or sitcoms, or follow humorous accounts on social media.

Read or Listen to Inspiring Content

If you want to improve your life, learn from others who have already succeeded at improving theirs. Countless self-help books and motivating podcasts are just a click away; find something that resonates with you and commit to 15 minutes of reading or listening each day.

Related Posts:

Habits to Dramatically Improve Your Life

Habits of Happy People

Want to dramatically improve your work life?

Get the staffing support you need. The Exact Family of Companies provides the resources and expertise you need to:

  • hire proven performers who can support your success;
  • offload non-critical activities to free up more of your time;
  • meet pressing deadlines;
  • alleviate overwork and the stress it causes.

What can we do for you? Give Exact Staff a call.

Are we True Blue: Adopt These Success Habits of Authentic People

08/20/18 12:30 PM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Career Advice | Leave a Comment
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Ever met a “social chameleon”?

You know, one of those people who acts one way around a certain group of people, but entirely different around another?

Now here’s a tougher question: Have you ever been a social chameleon?

To a certain extent, all of us wear “masks” in social situations. We often feel a need to behave in a way that’s appropriate for a particular situation, or we may worry that our “real” self isn’t good enough for others.

But while subtly adapting to a social situation may be beneficial, completely changing your personality based on whom you’re with is disingenuous. And over time, people will see through your façade, labeling you as phony, untrustworthy or inauthentic.

We’re guessing those aren’t labels you want.

As the title of this post suggests, people are naturally drawn to authenticity. Individuals who are true to themselves and comfortable in their own skin make others feel comfortable. Safe. Valued. If you’d like to amp up your authenticity, try implementing these success habits authentic people have mastered:

They stand up for what they believe in – even when it goes against the grain.

Honesty with themselves and others is non-negotiable for authentic people. They’re unafraid to live with the repercussions of staying true to themselves.

They foster deep, genuine connections.

Idle chatter is a waste of time for authentic people. Instead, they focus on being present during conversations and using active listening skills to understand others, find common ground and build meaningful connections. If you’d like to hone your abilities as an active listener, use the tips in this earlier post.

They’re unafraid to show their flaws.

Authentic people realize that perfection is unattainable, and that trying to perfect a flawless image (in words, deeds or appearance) is inherently disingenuous. They dare to embrace their imperfections and make themselves vulnerable in the process. And if showing their flaws means someone doesn’t like them? Authentic people take it in stride.

They cut loose negative people.

Truly authentic people won’t tolerate the baggage toxic people bring to relationships, nor will they invest energy trying to change them. If an authentic person can’t completely remove a negative individual from their life, they’ll emotionally insulate themselves as a form of protection.

They make lemonade.

Ever-practical and realistic, authentic people face facts. When faced with a challenging situation, they don’t sit around and whine; they look for solutions while making the best of their circumstances.

Need authentic professionals to grow your team?

Serving organizations across the nation, Exact Staff can quickly connect you to a wide range of talented people with the right skills, experience and personality to thrive in your organization. Just give us a call!

See It, Do It: Using Visualization to Achieve More

08/17/18 10:00 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Job Seekers | Leave a Comment
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Athletes and performance artists use visualization techniques to prepare for competitions, mentally rehearse difficult performance situations, and improve execution for one reason:

It works!

And not just on the field or the stage. In fact, smart professionals practice visualization techniques to maximize their performance in the workplace.

Why is visualization so effective?

By definition, visualization is the mental ability to conceive imaginary or recalled scenes. Pretty innocuous, right? But when you visualize yourself performing something successfully – whether it’s giving a sales presentation, interviewing for a promotion, or performing a complex audit – your brain releases dopamine. This neurotransmitter (which is part of the reward system in your brain) allows you to not only see a reward (i.e., a positive outcome) in your mind’s eye, but to move toward it.

Phrased more simply, when you visualize your success, your brain stores that information as a real success.

Phrased even more simply, if you can see it in your mind’s eye, you can do it!

Visualizing success is one of the most powerful performance-improvement tools you’ll ever have. And it’s always available to you – and completely free! Today, we’re sharing four tips to help you use this technique to achieve more:

  1. Start with relaxation. If you’re nervous or anxious, mental images quickly break down. For your images to be as vivid and influential as possible, precede your visualization practice with a few minutes of relaxation exercises in a quiet room, free from distractions.
  2. Clarify the outcome you want. Visualizing yourself successfully achieving a goal forces you to get serious – and specific – about what you want. Move beyond a vague notion (e.g., “I want to be rich”) and detail what that outcome truly looks like to you:
    1. Paint a mental portrait of where you want to be.
    2. Determine what you need to do to get there.
    3. Imagine yourself handling objections, overcoming obstacles or managing other potential roadblocks to your success.
    4. See yourself performing all the steps from start to finish, imagining what you will experience and how you will achieve your goal.
    5. If your goal is large or long-term, create a series of visualization sessions, each devoted to achieving a specific milestone along the way.
  3. Stay mentally strong. When uncertainty rears its ugly head (it will), anticipate, embrace and move through it. Note when you feel uncertain, and consider the root cause of your doubts. The better you understand the “why” of your self-doubt, the better equipped you’ll be to nip it in the bud.
  4. Stay positive. The strongest memories we have are associated with powerful emotions. To make your visualization more effective, channel positive emotions like joy, satisfaction, enthusiasm and pride when you practice. Imagine exactly what you will feel like when you achieve your goal. Over time, you’ll feel better prepared to handle situations in the real world, because you’ve already mentally associated those situations with positive emotions.

Visualizing better work performance?

Exact Staff can help you move from “nice idea” to reality. Offering a full complement of national staffing and placement solutions, our team is here to support your success by:

  • offloading non-core activities that distract you and your staff;
  • alleviating overwork and the burnout it causes;
  • improving your team’s focus, productivity and effectiveness;
  • allowing you to confidently tackle new or pressing projects.

Ready to get started? Contact your local Exact Staff office today.

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