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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→

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.