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  • Capitalize on Emerging Trends to Position Your Business for Success in 2019

    12/27/18 7:45 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Uncategorized | Leave a Comment
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    Will your business ride a wave of success in 2019 – or get caught in the undertow?

    The answer depends on how quickly your organization capitalizes on emerging trends in your industry.

    It may sound brutal, but it’s true: With change occurring faster than ever, what worked yesterday might not cut it tomorrow. Business leaders who anticipate, identify and seize the best new opportunities for their organization will reap the rewards.

    So grab your surfboard, jump on and use these tips to position your business for an amazing 2019:

    Become nimbler. Organizational agility helps your business adapt to its changing environment, by deftly executing initiatives in support of your overall strategy. It’s what allows your business to:

    • respond quickly and effectively to urgent issues and risks;
    • stay profitable in turbulent markets;
    • identify and capitalize on emerging opportunities – before your competitors do.

    In this earlier post, we share four ways to help your organization adapt and respond more quickly to whatever comes your way.

    Look around the next corner. To seize new opportunities, you must identify them early. Consider changing circumstances which may impact your industry and external business environment, such as:

    • Technological advances
    • Social, political and legal changes
    • Economic challenges or opportunities
    • Demographic changes and/or changes in customer expectations

    Examine each of these “big picture” forces regularly to uncover key opportunities for your organization. To find the insight you need:

    • Attend industry events. Conferences, expos and seminars are ideal places to learn what’s coming next.
    • Explore trends in other industries. Talk to business associates and broaden your network to gather diverse perspectives and insights.
    • Read the right publications. Entrepreneur, Inc., FastCompany, The Economist and more can be used to explore emerging trends.

    Ask the right questions. Look at your track record to learn from what worked (and what didn’t). Here are just a few to consider:

    • What products/services were most successful – and why?
    • What was easier/harder to sell this year compared to last –and why?
    • What do clients/customers want that you haven’t offered up until now – and why?
    • What new products/services can you create that will be irresistible?

    Take action. Once you’ve gathered available intelligence (about your organization, your industry, external factors and trends) and laid out your options, consider the following 4-R questions to determine your best course of action:

    • What will you regret if you fail to take any action at all?The higher the potential regret, the sooner you should make a choice.
    • How tough will it be to reverse course? The easier a decision is to repeal, the faster you should make it.
    • What will the repercussions be? The broader the impact, the more carefully you need to tread.
    • How will the decision impact your organization’s resilience?Give more weight to decision options that will build your company’s ability to bounce back.

    Want to capitalize on emerging trends impacting your industry?

    Build a Flexible Staffing Strategy

    The right staffing strategy can help you seize opportunities and outpace your competitors. And with a national presence and a full complement of talent solutions, the Exact Family of Companies is the perfec partner to support your success in 2019 and beyond.

    Give us a call to discuss your goals – we’ll help you achieve them.

Keep Your Team Motivated and Productive During the Holidays

12/22/18 3:30 PM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Uncategorized | Leave a Comment
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Take a look around your office. Are your employees:

  • Making a final push to hit year-end targets…or spending too much time shopping online at Target?
  • Planning for a great 2019…or just planning their family gatherings?
  • Working industriously…or as distracted as Buddy the Elf?

It’s the holidays. House guests, unfinished shopping, parties and pending vacations can derail your employees’ focus and productivity – during whatmay be your busiest time of the year.

As a manager, it’s your responsibility to help keep your team motivated and productive this holiday season. Use these tips to make it truly “the most wonderful time of the year” in your organization – without being a scrooge:

Get Organized

If the holidays aretypically your busy season, organize vacation and time-off requests ahead oftime – to ensure you can honor requests and still get your work done.

Set a Good Example

Part of being agood manager is leading by example – even during the holidays! If you’retempted to come in late or do a little gift shopping at work, remember thatemployees take their cues from you. Make sure you follow the good advice yougive them:

  • Stay focused on hitting your goals and keep your productivity bar set high.
  • Take good care of your physical and mental health.
  • Balance work priorities with fun and family time.
  • Take a little extra time to express thanks to everyone who contributes to your team’s success.

Beat Stress Before it Beats Down Your Team

If things get crazy in your company at year’s end, proactively foster apositive, fun work environment to nip performance issues in the bud:

  • Deck the halls with some festive décor.
  • Motivate with vibrant music.
  • Have an ugly holiday sweater contest.
  • Create a work tradition of exchanging small gifts or hosting a cookie swap.
  • Take 5-minute “fun” breaks to re-focus and recharge employees – especially when work is stressful.

Savor Slow Days

If you experience a slow-down at to work, use it to your motivational advantage. Allow staff to knock off a little early to do last-minute shopping or spend a little extra time with family. Giving a little time off when it’s slow makes employees more likely to work harder – and stay a little longer – when things do get busy.

Ask What Kind of Carrot to Dangle

Not entirely sure what will really motivate your team this season? Stopsecond-guessing yourself. Just ask them! And then implement what you can. Your employees will appreciate the gesture and wantto perform their best for you.

Looking to keep y our work teams working at their peak this holiday season?

Provide the support they need! Your staffers work hard all year long. Encourage them to take their unused vacation time, and contact Exact Staff to provide temporary support and ensure adequate coverage.

With a full complement of staffing and placement services, the Exact Family of Companies can help your team stay focused, happy and productive – and prime your organization for an amazingly successful New Year.

Secrets to Having More Energy

12/14/18 10:00 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Career Advice | Leave a Comment
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Tired of feeling tired?

You could blame the weather. You could blame the coming winter solstice. You could blame the holiday frenzy…

…or you could actually DO something about it.

If you want to greet every work day full of energy, try these tactics:

Create meaning in your work.

Neuroscience studies demonstrate that pursuing meaning – not merely happiness – is the key to long-term fulfillment and engagement on the job. In fact, Tom Rath, author of Are You Fully Charged?, shares research concluding that the “odds of being completely engaged in your job increase by more than 250 percent if you spend a lot of time doing meaningful work throughout the day.”

If your work isn’t especially meaningful right now, look for ways to tweak, expand or evolve your role in the year ahead to:

  • directly impact your organization’s mission and vision;
  • make a difference in the lives of customers, clients or the world at large;
  • better support internal team members’ success.

Improve your interactions with others.

Positive interactions – ones that foster a sense of belonging and connectedness with co-workers – can energize you and improve your overall sense of wellness on the job. Try these tips:

  • Make friends. While it’s important not to overshare or engage in office gossip, build relationships with your co-workers. Research from Gallup shows that people who have a best-friend relationship at work are a whopping 7 times likely to be engaged in their job!
  • Be positive. As a rule of thumb, strive to make 80% of what you say, do or share positive, even when things are tough at work.

Adopt habits of successful people.

The most energetic, productive and successful professionals have mastered tricks to make every day great.

  • Eat well. Consuming the right foods can improve brain power by as much as 20 percent. In this earlier post, we share 4 power foods you should eat in the morning to kickstart your day and supercharge your energy level.
  • Get moving. Research proves there’s a relationship between physical activity and improved cognitive and executive functioning.
  • Discipline your thinking. It’s not just a saying; attitude IS everything – impacting your focus, motivation and your energy level. Adopting a positive attitude, even in the face of adversity, helps you insulate your mood from what happens around you.
  • Wake up earlier. An extra 30 minutes can dramatically improve your morning routine. Just be careful not to short-change your sleep; a high-energy day starts with a great night’s sleep.
  • Practice gratitude. Gratitude is antithetical to anxiety, anger and fear, and it takes just a few moments of reflection to center yourself – and boost your focus.

Maximize your team’s productivity and energy levels with the right staffing support.

Exact Staff delivers exceptional talent and innovative strategies to meet your local or national requirements. Whether it’s a single temporary for a day or an entire project team, we provide a range of staffing and placement solutions to increase productivity and performance.

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

The Right Stuff: Top Traits of Incredibly Successful People

12/7/18 10:00 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Career Advice | Leave a Comment
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Overachievers. Self-made billionaires. World leaders.

What do they have that you don’t?

Sure, they have money and power, and they’ve achieved the pinnacle of success in their chosen field. But are they somehow inherently better than you?

No way!

In fact, many of the qualities shared by incredibly successful people can be acquired (with discipline and hard work, of course). But which traits comprise “the right stuff” – and can help you achieve anything you set your mind to?

Here are a few of the top traits high performers share:

They create brilliant rituals.

High achievers practice habits which match their focus and energy level to the importance of the task at hand. In this post, we share rituals successful people follow to maximize their performance (hint: put their habits to work for you!).

They conquer their fear of failure.

Successful individuals realize that fear is often more imagined than real, and that the likely rewards are far greater than the potential consequences of failure. It’s not that they don’t experience fear (they do); it’s just that they refuse to let that fear paralyze them. The next time you’re tempted to shy away from a calculated risk, ask yourself this question: “What’s the worst that could happen?”

They are emotionally intelligent.

EQ is a unique kind of intelligence that combines self-awareness with awareness of others. It’s what enables high achievers to: identify and manage their emotions: while recognizing emotion in others and understand their behavior better; and respond effectively in wide range of situations (both good and bad).

They prioritize strategically.

Incredibly successful people steer their ship – and don’t let it steer them. Despite having the same 24 hours in a day as everyone else, they’re able to decide what’s critical, what’s important and what can wait, and then create a clear plan for getting it all done.

They refuse to stagnate.

High performers succeed because they realize that there’s always more to learn. They embrace change; they’re endlessly curious; they seek new experiences; and they are always on the hunt for better ways to get things done.

Make every workday great – with the right staffing support.

Exact Staff delivers exceptional talent and innovative strategies to meet your local or national requirements. Whether it’s a single temporary for a day or an entire project team, we provide a range of staffing and placement solutions to increase productivity and performance – and make every day great.

What can we do for you? Contact a staffing expert at your local Exact Staff office today.

The right staffing partner can make you – and your organization – incredibly successful.

Exact Staff can help you achieve more in 2019 by:

  • rapidly delivering qualified people to support your busy team;
  • shortening your search for A-level talent;
  • taking on pressing projects you don’t have the time or resources to complete;
  • improving productivity and focus;
  • flexing your workforce in response to changing demands.

With a national presence, and a full complement of staffing and placement services, the Exact Family of Companies can design an ideal solution for your business. How can we help? Contact your local Exact Staff office today.

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