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If you’ve been in the business world for any length of time, you’ve likely attended your fair share of meetings. In fact, you may have even developed your own meeting persona. Check out this infographic from Mindflash, an online training platform provider, for insight into a few common personalities you may encounter in your next workplace meeting. Read More→

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36% Unemployed Say They Have Not Gone on a Job Interview in the Past Month

Express Employment Professionals, the largest franchised staffing company in North America, with 36 locations in Canada, recently released results of a major, in-depth poll, “The State of the Unemployed in Canada.” The poll reveals that 39% of unemployed Canadians say they have completely given up looking for work. A companion survey in the United States released earlier in the week showed that 47% of Americans have completely given up looking for work.

The comprehensive survey was conducted online by Harris Poll for Express Employment Professionals from April 9 through April 21, 2014, and polled 1,502 unemployed Canadians age 18 and older who are capable of working, whether they receive employment insurance or not. Read More→

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Low Growth Economy is Leaving Unemployed Further and Further Behind

Express Employment Professionals, the nation’s largest franchised staffing company, recently released the results of a major, in-depth poll, the “The State of the Unemployed,” a survey revealing that 47% of the unemployed agree that they have completely given up looking for work.

The survey also shows that 82% of those receiving unemployment compensation said that if those benefits were to run out prior to their finding a job, they would “search harder and wider for a job,” while 18% said that they would “be in such despair that I will give up looking for work all together.”

The exhaustive survey was fielded online by Harris Poll on behalf of Express Employment Professionals from April 9 through April 21, 2014 among 1,500 unemployed adult Americans. Read More→

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How to Wake Up Feeling Great: The 90 Minute Rule

Friday, May 16th, 2014

If you’re like most people, the snooze button is your best friend. But did you know you may be making it even harder to wake up feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day? Check out this quick video by Richard Wiseman, a psychologist and author of the book 59 Seconds: Change Your Life in Under a Minute, to learn how the 90 Minute Rule can help encourage a healthier sleep cycle.

The ideas and opinions expressed herein and their sponsors do not necessarily represent the views of Express Employment Professionals and are used for entertainment purposes only.

Refresh Leadership is brought to you by Express Employment Professionals. Read More→

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With commencement approaching across the country, Express Employment Professionals CEO Bob Funk shared his advice for high school graduates. Drawing on his 48 years of experience in the staffing business, Funk offers six practical tips for a successful career that graduates are not likely to hear from their commencement speakers.

“Wherever graduates head after high school, they need to understand the realities of the job market and the workplace quickly, or they’re in for a tough time,” said Bob Funk, CEO of Express, and a former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. “It took me decades to learn some of these things. If high school graduates learn these lessons now, they’ll have a head start on their careers.” Read More→

Brand It Blue Day Is June 14, 2014

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Express Employment Professionals is on a mission to put a million people to work, helping to provide hope through great jobs. As we work toward that goal, we want to give back and serve in the communities that have supported us. Saturday, June 14, is Brand It Blue Day, and across North America, Express offices will join with their local food banks or pantries to help in the fight against hunger. Check out the video below!

We Need You

You can pitch in by donating non-perishable food items or volunteering with us at a local food bank on June 14. Read More→

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10 Great Quotes About Responding to Criticism

Monday, May 5th, 2014

In today’s always connected and easily accessible world, the old saying “everyone’s a critic” has never rung more true. But that shouldn’t be a reason to never put yourself out there and take a risk. Remember, anything that’s worth doing will draw a little criticism. To achieve something great – something you truly believe in – you have to be prepared to address the naysayers. Constructive criticism should always be considered, but not dwelled upon. The next time you’re feeling the pressure of a heavy critique, keep these 10 quotes about criticism in mind.

“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”
– Winston Churchill

“To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.”
– Aristotle

“Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson Read More→

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics monthly employment report revealed a significant drop in the unemployment rate from 6.7% in April to 6.3% in May. However, the lower drop in unemployment was accompanied by a large drop in the labor force participation rate (LFPR).

“The employment report issued (Friday) is good and welcome news,” said Bob Funk, CEO of Express Employment Professionals and a former Chairman of the Kansas City Federal Reserve. “But every silver lining has a cloud and the number of people who have quit looking for work is a real cloud in today’s economy.” Read More→

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From natural disasters to workplace violence to social media gaffes, dealing with the aftermath of a crisis requires swift, purposeful, and guided action. Companies that put forth the effort to build a comprehensive crisis management plan before they need it will have the best chance of weathering the storm. For our May question of the month, we want to know how prepared your company is to respond to a crisis. Let us know by voting in our poll.

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Are We Brainstorming the Wrong Way? [Infographic]

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

According to some research, the traditional group brainstorm may not be the most effective way to generate that next big idea. Check out this infographic created by Mavenlink, an online project management software developer, for some insight into the group vs. individual brainstorming debate, as well as some tips for ensuring your next brainstorming session is more productive.  Read More→

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