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  • The Guide to Having a Lifetime of Joy

    11/30/18 10:00 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Career Advice | Leave a Comment
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    What factors create lifelong happiness?

    Ask 100 people, and you’re likely to get 100 different responses. Many value health; most want financial security; others need things like freedom or even power to be truly happy.

    But several studies cited in this Ladders.com article point to an even more influential component of lifelong joy: strong, meaningful relationships. Here’s a brief overview of what the research presented shows:

    • Harvard’s Grant and Glueck study, which has tracked the health and happiness of two groups (456 poor people in Boston, and 268 Harvard graduates) for over 75 years, concludes that good relationships keep people happier and healthier. Period. Specifically, the study demonstrates that having someone to love and rely upon: helps your nervous system relax; helps promote long-term brain health; and reduces both physical and emotional pain.
    • A meta-analysis of nearly 150 studies concluded that the influence of social relationships on risk for mortality is comparable with well-established risk factors like smoking – and even more influential than other risk factors like obesity. Overall, the analysis showed a 50% increased likelihood for survival among individuals with stronger social relationships.
    • This Sciencemag.org article points to multiple studies that provide strong empirical evidence for a causal impact of social relationships on health. Like the meta-analysis above, this article states that social relationships – or the lack thereof – have as big an effect on long-term health as smoking, blood pressure, cholesterol, obesity and physical activity.

    The lessons here? If you want lifelong happiness, surround yourself with people who love and support you – and whom you love and support and return. At the end of the day, deep, transformational relationships are the secret to a lifetime of joy.

    Want to make your organization a happier place to work?

    Start by reading these earlier posts:

    Happy People Have These Habits

    Maximize Your Happiness by Avoiding These Pitfalls

    Then, make sure you’re working with the right staffing partner. As a national employment agency, Exact Staff can design intelligent staffing solutions that allow you to:

    • improve focus and effectiveness;
    • alleviate overwork and burnout;
    • build a high-performing team of positive people.

    Ready to get happy and find the next step in your career?

    Contact your local Exact Staff office today.

Carbs: Breakfast Do or Don’t?

11/23/18 10:00 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Career Advice | Leave a Comment
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Ack – that’s a lot of pressure to get your food choices right.

Should you opt for the egg or the cereal?

These days, it seems that everyone has an opinion on whether protein or carbs are better for you first thing in the morning. In fact, in this earlier post, “6 Tweaks to Your Morning Routine that Will Transform Your Entire Day,” we recommend eating protein to break your overnight fast – and we’re a national staffing and placement firm!

But new research published on The Lancet Public Health suggests that moderate consumption of carbohydrates is good for you. (It’s okay, we’ll wait while you take a moment to grab a tissue and dab the tears from your eyes.) Below, we share a few of the study’s highlights:

  • The study included 15,428 adults aged 45 to 64 years, in four U.S. communities representing diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. It began with an initial health questionnaire and included a median follow-up of 25 years, to examine the relationship between carbohydrate intake and mortality.
  • Moderation is key. Diets with less than 40% or more than 70% of calories from carbs were associated with increased mortality. The “sweet spot” for carb intake is between 50% and 55% of daily calories; individuals who fell in this range had the lowest mortality risk.
  • People who restrict carbs in favor of animal-based protein have a greater mortality risk. The data provide evidence that animal-based protein/low carbohydrate diets should be discouraged.
  • For individuals choosing to restrict carbohydrate for weight loss and/or cardiovascular health, replacing carbs with plant-based fats and proteins is a better long-term approach to promote healthy aging.

Bottom line? This study shows that moderate carb diet is the way to go! So treat yourself to that morning bagel or donut every once in a while.

Make every morning great with the right staffing support.

Tight deadlines, position vacancies or special projects creating stress at work? Just looking for a smarter way to staff your business? Our national staffing agency provides a full complement of staffing and placement solutions to make your and your team more focused, efficient and successful.

Boost Your Career with These Bingeworthy TV Shows

11/16/18 10:00 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Career Advice | Leave a Comment
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Want to grow as a professional? Improve your management skills? Give your career a proverbial shot in the arm? You could:

  • read a book
  • listen to a podcast
  • watch a Ted Talk
  • attend an industry conference

…or, you could just binge-watch a little TV!

Television has definitely earned its reputation as the “idiot box,” but it’s not completely without merit as an educational medium. In fact, these bingeworthy series could help you become a better businessperson – by applying the lessons they offer on leadership, balancing work and family, navigating office politics and more.

So dim the lights. Grab the popcorn and your favorite blanket. And settle in for a guilt-free couch surfing that’s entertaining – and educational:

Game of Thrones (HBO)

Based on George R.R. Martin’s book series, “A Song of Ice and Fire,” this fantasy television series features intricate, intertwining plotlines (so you need to watch all of the episodes, in order).

One of the primary storylines involves a fierce battle for the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, which teaches important lessons about political maneuvering and power dynamics – and how great leaders can come from any background and take any form. With the final season scheduled for the first half of 2019, you have plenty of time to catch up before it airs!

Murphy Brown (CBS)

Originally airing on CBS in the late 1980s, Murphy Brown illustrated how a woman could have it all, balancing career and single motherhood on her own terms. Both the original series and its reboot contain strong feminist themes and share plausible (albeit humorous) examples of how to manage the challenges of everyday work life.

The entire series is available to stream on CBS All Access.

The Office (Hulu, Netflix)

Okay, you knew this one was coming, right? Yes, the show is endlessly entertaining – and most of Michael Scott’s workplace decisions provide a primer on what not to do as a manager. But underneath all the silliness lie valuable lessons about navigating office politics, managing office romance, motivating employees, overcoming bureaucracy and more.

Halt and Catch Fire (Netflix)

Statistically speaking, this series was not a major hit – but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have educational merit or isn’t amazing to watch. Set in Texas’ Silicon Prairie in the early 1980s, the series (which originally aired on AMC) tracks the fates of a personal computer industry visionary, former IBM employee Joe MacMillan, and his brilliant colleagues. In the show, MacMillan has launched his own PC company and wants to reverse-engineer the computer he helped create.

You’ll learn a bunch about tech, for sure, but this show also teaches important lessons about the toll relentless personal ambition can take on your personal life.

Another way to be more successful in your career? Partner with Exact Staff.

Our national employment agency provides innovative staffing and placement solutions to increase focus. Free-up time for high-priority work. And support your individual and organizational success. What can Exact Staff do for you?


How to Make Friends as an Adult

11/14/18 1:12 PM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Career Advice | Leave a Comment
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You’re busy with your family. You’re busy with your career. You’re busy taking care of your house, your lawn, your pets, your car…

We all are – which is why it’s no wonder it’s so tough to make friends as an adult!

As a kid, your parents and teachers helped find playmates for you. In high school and college, clubs, group activities and sports teams were crucibles for forging friendships. But now that you’re out in the real world, you don’t necessarily have the same advantages and opportunities for building new personal relationships.

How can you stack the deck in your favor? Here are a few science-backed ideas to try:

Make everything old new again.

Dormant relationships can be a valuable source of knowledge and new connections. Thumb through your social accounts and message a few people you haven’t spoken to in months (or years!). Rekindle those relationships, and then ask if those people know anyone you should meet. Plan an activity, and then see if that new person can come along. Easy, right?

Be a better listener.

Great listening skills are essential at work, and they’re just as important in your personal life. But being an effective listener requires more than just zipping your mouth and nodding in agreement; research shows that “active listening” (i.e., asking follow-up questions that promote discovery and insight) and “trampoline listening” (i.e., adding energy to a conversation by supporting the speaker and showing enthusiasm in your responses) are two essential elements that will help you make friends.

Make yourself vulnerable.

You won’t build a friendship by discussing the weather; personal discussions are what forge bonds. Open up a bit and share information about yourself to show you’re willing to let down your defenses (without offering TMI, of course). Allowing yourself to be vulnerable builds trust, because it puts you at risk – and helps lay a foundation for closer personal connection. Just make sure you time self-disclosure right: too soon and you may alienate a potential friend, too late and you may miss your window.

Join a group – or start one yourself.

Sports. Movies. Investing. Volunteering. Books. Board games. Crafts. Wine. Dining out. Fishing. What’s your thing? Find a group that does what you do and join it. And if one doesn’t exist? Start your own! Common interests are a great springboard for launching new friendships. Get off your duff, get involved and start meeting people IRL.

Prune the dead weight.

Have toxic relationships that suck up your time and bring you down? Cut down or eliminate your interactions with those people, so you have more time in your life for welcoming healthier friendships.

Need a friend in the staffing and placement industry?

Exact Staff is just a call away. We’re friendly, great at what we do, and ready to build a relationship that supports your success.

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