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  • 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.

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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Breakfast: THE MOST IMPORTANT MEAL OF THE DAY!

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?

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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.

Boosting Employees’ Productivity? It’s as Easy as Changing Their Mind

10/29/18 10:00 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Employers | Leave a Comment
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Improving productivity in your organization isn’t just a “nice thing to try”; it’s a business imperative. From coast to coast, employers are frustrated with the gap between what great people can and do accomplish on the job.

Case in point? A March 2018 VitalSmarts study found that:

  • A whopping 88% of managers have at least one high-potential direct report who doesn’t live up to that potential on the job.
  • 70% of managers currently have at least one high-potential employee they’re considering terminating because their performance is simply unacceptable.

Don’t Let Your Team’s Potential Go Unrealized!

How can you take promising professionals from “good” to “great” on the job? It may be as simple as changing their mindset about productivity.

While most ideas for boosting productivity and performance focus on actions and habits, small shifts in the way your employees think about getting work done can help them be much more effective. This Fast Company post provides four ways to change employees’ minds about productivity – and elevate their performance:

Shift from Chaos to Choice

Organizational and priority-management skills are essential for helping professionals stay in control of their workday – especially when things become overwhelming or unexpected problems arise. When team members feel like they don’t have a moment to catch their breath and catch up, remind them to be deliberate, take stock of their situation, and use techniques like prioritization, list-making and delegation to get back on track.

Shift from To-Dos to Agreements

Instead of viewing work tasks as a never-ending barrage of to-dos, help employees cultivate an “agreement mindset” about their responsibilities. When people think of tasks and projects as agreements, it: gives them a greater sense of control in taking on the activity; helps them become more discerning about what they can and should take on; and provides a professional way to “renegotiate” when they’re concerned about their ability to get something done.

Shift from Performance to Outcome

If employees are “stuck in the weeds” at work and not delivering the result you need, they may be too focused on process (e.g., checking off to-dos, following steps, tracking analytics, etc.). Help them tweak their mindset by reminding them about why they’re doing something. By keeping the desired outcome at the heart of their activities, they’ll stay motivated about achieving the right results.

Shift from Urgency to Impact

Busy work. Fire-fighting. Addressing other people’s priorities. With all this reacting, how can employees to get meaningful work done? Train them to organize their work so that they accomplish at least one “high impact” objective each day. In this earlier post, “Success Habits: Brilliant Rituals High Performers Follow” we share practical ways your team can accomplish more by changing the way they plan and spend their time.

Want to help your superstar employees realize their potentials?

Exact Staff is here to help. Serving organizations across the nation, we provide a full complement of staffing solutions to fast-track projects, delegate non-core tasks, and keep your team focused on high-priority work. Just give us a call!

How to Blow Your Boss’s Mind (in the Best Way Possible!)

10/26/18 9:15 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Career Advice | Leave a Comment
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You show up 15 minutes early each morning.

You’re loyal and hard-working.

You meet your deadlines and annual objectives.

Coworkers think you’re great to work with.

Well, guess what? Nobody’s impressed by that. This is your job, and if you’re merely fulfilling the basic requirements, don’t expect anything more than the basic paycheck.

If you’re interested in garnering a promotion, earning a raise or laying the groundwork to make a career transition, you need to do more.

You need to really blow your boss’s mind!

Sure, you could demonstrate your Mongolian throat-singing skills (if you have them). Yes, you could hire an 80’s hair band to put on an in-office concert (as long as you’re prepared to write a big check). But that kind of “razzle dazzle” miiight not hit the right note. If you really want to position yourself as an indispensable employee – one worthy of more money and responsibility – use these tips to impress your manager the right way:

Be one step ahead.

Learn everything you can – about your company, its competitors and your industry. Follow thought leaders and influencers online. Learn more about the trends impacting other departments – not just your own. Instead of being the person who “will get back to you on that,” come to meetings with answers and solutions already in hand. Your boss will appreciate your passion and proactivity.

Push yourself beyond your comfort zone.

You may be great at your job, but that’s not enough to merit advancement. If you want to level up, ask for stretch assignments. Pursue training opportunities on your own (and do it on your own time). When your manager sees that you want more challenge, you aren’t afraid to try new things, and you’ve taken the initiative to improve your skills, they’ll be more likely to consider you when a growth opportunity arises.

Build relationships outside your department.

Individual relationships with peers and senior managers are essential to getting interdepartmental work done quickly and successfully. Be a bridge builder before you need those connections. That way, when your boss presents a complex project that requires cross-team collaboration, you’ll be able to make their day by saying, “I know (name) in (department). Why don’t I take care of this for you?”

Be clear about your intentions.

Your manager is busy attending to their own priorities; don’t assume they understand your career intentions. If you want a promotion or raise, and you’ve gone above and beyond to merit one, don’t be afraid to ask for it (again, the right way):

  • Have something specific to propose, even if it’s just a list of the types of responsibilities to take on.
  • Explain the reasons you deserve more (not just want more).
  • Be confident, but humble.

Looking for a better job?

Contact an Exact Staff Career Agent. We can confidentially represent you to employers, showcasing your strengths and making a strong case for your candidacy. If you’re ready for a new opportunity to build your skills and advance your career, apply with your local Exact Staff office today.

“Back Pocket” Phrases You Should Never Stop Saying

10/22/18 10:00 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Career Advice | Leave a Comment
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“There’s no place like home.”

When things got crazy in Oz, Dorothy repeated this magical phrase to return to the comfort and safety of her home.

She was onto something there.

When life gets hectic or stressful, people often unintentionally isolate themselves, lose patience and lose their ability to enjoy simple activities.

But it doesn’t have to be that way! Keep your mental “back pocket” full of positive, inclusive, life-affirming phrases like these, and pull one out the next time you’re tempted to snap or take a raincheck. They may not teleport you home, but they’ll definitely make you feel a lot better:

“Let’s go out to lunch.”

Slaving away at a desk for eight or more hours straight is enough to make anybody surly. Even when your schedule is packed, make time to get out of the office and socialize with friends, family, co-workers or customers. The change of pace and scenery will help you press your reset button and have a more productive afternoon.

“Yes, I can help you get that done.”

Both personally and professionally, the more you give in life, the more you get. You may be legitimately busy, but before you automatically turn down someone’s request for help, consider the upsides of making time to lend assistance.

“I was thinking of you and just called to catch up.”

Texting is quick – and all those emoji and .gifs make it fun and entertaining to correspond with people you value. No chat, text or messaging app, however, can compete with the impact of a phone conversation. The next time you grab your phone to type, press the call button instead. Strike up a real conversation with someone you haven’t spoken to in a while and find out what’s new in their life.

“You have my full attention.

Screen, screens, screens – they’re everywhere, and they make it tough to focus fully on any one person or task. The next time a family member, friend or co-worker needs your attention, give it to them. 100%. Besides making you calmer and more efficient, giving your undivided attention to someone sends the message that they’re truly important.

“That’s fine; I can wait.”

When you’re under intense pressure, up against a tight deadline or just have a million things to do, waiting for someone or something can frustrate you. It’s not entirely your fault; our society has become conditioned to expect immediacy in every aspect of life. But patience truly is a virtue, and it’s something you should practice daily. When you feel yours wearing thin, say, “No rush,” (or a similar phrase) with kindness in your voice. Just because you want something now doesn’t mean you’ll die without it.

Are these phrases revolutionary? No. But they can dramatically improve your quality of life – especially when life gets crazy.

Related post: These Phrases Make You Sound Clueless at Work

Is your work life a little hectic these days?

Exact Staff offers a full complement of staffing and placement solutions to help you maximize productivity, hit pressing deadlines and free-up time to focus on your top priorities.

Whether your requirements are local or national, temporary or direct, trust our experts to deliver the exact talent and solutions you need.

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