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TED Talks: Why Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Do you feel safe in your organization? Do you strive to create an environment where your employees feel safe? Check out this recent TED Talks featuring author Simon Sinek for some insight into why great leaders build a secure “circle of trust” among the people they lead.

Top Ten Productivity Killers at Work

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Productivity is paramount in maintaining a competitive edge over your competitors. But when procrastination seeps in, it’s hard to keep your employees productive. CareerBuilder commissioned a study to find out what keeps employees from doing their work – and the results may astound you. According to the study conducted by Harris Poll, one in four employees admitted they spend on average one hour a day on personal calls, emails, or texts, and 21% use the Internet for non-work-related purposes. Certain behaviors of co-workers also kill productivity, including gossip, meetings, and snack breaks. Check out the article to find out what are some of the biggest obstacles to maximizing productivity in the workplace. Read More→

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In business, one of the biggest constants… is change. That may sound like a bit of a misnomer, but in our fast-paced, continually evolving world, companies that are not prepared to change and develop with the world around them risk falling behind the competition. Check out this infographic from New England College for some insight into a few key leadership skills that are the Top Contributors to Organizational Development and Change. Read More→

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BLS says average unemployment duration is 8 months, however a new survey finds average is almost two years. Official data doesn’t count Americans who have given up looking for work.

Express Employment Professionals, the nation’s largest franchised staffing firm, recently released results of the “State of the Unemployed” survey that show the average duration of unemployment in America when those who have quit looking for work are taken into consideration.

Unlike the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which says the average duration of unemployment is 34.5 weeks, or roughly eight months, this survey includes those who have stopped looking for work altogether. The result: the real average duration of unemployment is closer to two years. Read More→

Unemployed Canadians Get More Interviews, Turn Down More Jobs. Americans More Likely Than Canadians to Give Up Looking For Work According to a Harris Poll of the Unemployed

Express Employment Professionals, the nation’s largest franchised staffing firm, recently released a comparison of the results of the “State of the Unemployed” surveys taken in the U.S. and Canada.

The exhaustive surveys were fielded online by Harris Poll on behalf of Express Employment Professionals from April 9 through April 21, 2014 among 1,500 unemployed adult Americans and 1,502 unemployed adult Canadians age 18 or older.

America’s unemployed are more likely to give up, less likely to be on employment compensation and less likely to go back to school.

  • In the U.S., 47% of the unemployed agree that they have given up looking for work; 39% in Canada report the same.
  • In the U.S., 46% report no job interviews in the previous month; 36% say the same in Canada.
  • In the U.S., 19% have turned down a job offer; in Canada 24% have done so.
  • In the U.S., 13% are currently enrolled or have taken classes, compared to 23% in Canada.
  • In the U.S., 20% are receiving unemployment compensation, compared to 29% in Canada. Read More→

5 Things to Do This Month: June 2014

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

In just a few weeks, summer officially begins – and with the new season comes tons to do! June has the longest daylight hours of any month, which means you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the outdoors. So besides taking a much needed vacation, here are five things to do this month!

Observe National Safety Month

According to the National Safety Council, June is National Safety Month, and is a great chance to focus on reducing risk at your workplace. The 2014 National Safety Month theme, “Safety: It takes all of us,” stems from the importance of continually reducing risk by involving every employee. This means creating a safety program that your whole team adopts. The National Safety Council explains “a successful safety program depends on spotting hazards early, evaluating their risk, and removing or controlling them before harm is done.” This June, take the opportunity to develop a safety program that is focused on continually reducing risk. Your team’s health may just depend on it! Read More→

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Making the move from employee to employer is a major step many aspiring entrepreneurs take each year. According to the Small Business Administration, small businesses make up 99.7% of U.S. employers. And, statistics from Industry Canada show 98% of Canadian businesses have fewer than 100 employees. So, it’s easy to see that small businesses are the lifeblood of a healthy economy.

For our June Question of the Month, we’re asking if you’ve ever considered venturing out into the world of business ownership. Let us know by voting in our poll.

 

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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