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According to a recent survey by CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI), 21% of companies say they have replaced employees with automation. The survey also points out that while an increased emphasis on technology has eliminated some jobs, in many instances, more higher-skilled jobs were created as a result.

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Has your company “automated” its workforce? If so, what was the effect on hiring? Let us know in the comments section below. Read More→

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Express recently released the results of a survey conducted in both the U.S. and Canada that indicated “education” was the least important factor when evaluating job candidates. Instead, “work ethic/integrity” and “attitude” were shown to be the key characteristics that affected the hiring decision.

For our August question of the month, we want to know how your education has affected your career path. Let us know by voting in our poll.

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Attitude and Integrity Are Still Most Important in Hiring

Recently, Express Employment Professionals, North America’s largest franchised staffing firm, released findings that reveal which traits are most important when hiring a candidate for a job.

The findings come from the 2014 edition of the “America Employed/Canada Employed” survey of 137 Express franchises. Respondents were asked to rate various traits on a scale of one to five based on how important they are when evaluating applicants.

“Attitude” and “work ethic/integrity” topped the lists in both the U.S. and Canada, followed closely by other traits, including “credible work history, “culture fit,” “job experience,” and “references.”     “Education” received the lowest average rating in both countries. Read More→

How to Impress in Meetings

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Regardless of your title or tenure, it’s important to maintain a high level of professionalism in business meetings. However, standing out among a large group of people can be easier said than done. Richard Wiseman of the University of Hertfordshire points out that there is a simple mind trick to help give you a competitive advantage in group gatherings. Check out the video below to learn how you can impress in meetings!

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Summer internships are a great way for college students and recent grads to get some real world experience before heading back to school or entering the workforce. It’s also a great way for businesses to get some extra help with their heavy workloads or to pick up the slack for core employees who take summer vacations. For our July question of the month, we want to know how your company utilizes summer interns. Let us know by voting in our poll.

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Are You Ready to Be an Entrepreneur?

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

In a recent poll, we asked our readers if they have ever considered starting their own business. According to the results, more than half of respondents said they would like to start their own business, but didn’t where to start. Check out this recent article from for some insight into questions you can ask yourself to determine if you’re ready to take the business ownership leap.

5 Questions to Determine If You’re Ready to Be an Entrepreneur

If you are ready to start your own business, but still need a little guidance, consider looking into franchise options. Express Employment Professionals is a fully franchised staffing company. You can learn more about our franchise opportunity at

Refresh Leadership is brought to you by Express Employment Professionals.

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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→