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About Walter Bond
For nearly two decades, Walter Bond has been the premiere expert on peak performance. Walter’s mastery in two different global industries has made him an authority on peak performance. Walter has delivered his entertaining and dynamic message to companies and associations throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Europe. Clients include Accenture, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, The Dwyer Group, Allianz, Amway, GNC, Hilton, Medtronic, UPS Store, Radio Shack, Red Robin, and many national associations. Read More→

Maintaining a highly productive and innovative team is imperative to the success of your business. And, the most effective team is one that is fully engaged in the organization’s overall goals. In fact, a Gallup study found that organizations with an average of 9.3 engaged employees for every actively disengaged worker posted 147% higher earnings per share than their counter parts.

For some leaders, the importance of employee engagement is old news. In fact, 90% of business leaders believe an employee engagement strategy would have a positive impact on their businesses’ success; however, only 25% of those leaders even have a strategy, according to a study by Accor Services. While developing a culture of engagement at companies is important, it should prompt every business leader to ask the question: is company culture affecting our employee engagement? Read More→

The summer months are winding down, kids are back in school, and before we know it, the holiday season will be upon us. Luckily, there’s still plenty of time left in 2014 to position your business for a strong finish. Here are five things you can do in the month of September to get an early start.

Start Planning for Seasonal Staffing
The holiday season is just around the corner and for many businesses that means it’s time to prepare for the seasonal surge. Companies across all industries are likely impacted by the holidays in one way or another – retailers, in particular, typically see 20-40% of their annual sales during this time. So, it’s important to start planning now for how your company will respond to fluctuations in business volume during the coming months. Staffing companies, like Express Employment Professionals, are a great resource for the extra help you need to maintain productivity and respond to seasonal upswings. Read More→

While we’re not quite in the holiday season, it’s close enough that many businesses are already starting to hire seasonal help. The retail sector in particular will be ramping up to prepare for the holiday shopping rush that has historically accounted for 20-40% of annual sales. Most businesses will be affected by the holiday season in one way or another, so we want to know how your company handles the extra workload. Let us know by voting in our poll.

The number of temporary workers, independent contingent workers, and freelacers is increasing to record highs, defying previous economic trends. Looking for greater flexibility and new opportunities, Americans are turning away from the traditional employer-employee relationship and eight-to-five work day.

Express Employment Professionals, the nation’s largest franchised staffing firm, recently released a white paper, “America’s Changing Workforce and the Rise of the Contingent Employee” that explores the causes of this trend. Why are workers young and old turning to temporary and freelance work? Why are businesses relying on those workers? Read More→

Throughout the past four decades, few have embodied the blue-collar plight and the American dream as much as Bruce Springsteen. With his gritty voice and down-to-earth lyrics, Springsteen has sold more than 64 million records in the U.S. alone, making him the 15th highest selling artist of all time. But his expertise doesn’t stop at simply writing great music; Springsteen is a natural born leader. In fact, he got his moniker while playing small venues with the E-Street Band. “It was Bruce’s job to collect the money and pay the rest of the band,” says Andrew Delahunty, author of several books, including the Oxford Dictionary of Nicknames. “This led them to start calling him The Boss, a nickname which has stuck.” So let’s take a musical ride and see what kind of leadership lessons The Boss has for us!

“Glory days, well they’ll pass you by.”
The catchy chorus of “Glory Days” from Born in the U.S.A. is a truth that many of us struggle to deal with. So many times we get caught up remembering how things were instead of dreaming of how things can be. It’s easy to live in the past and rest on your laurels, but to move forward and continue to be innovative, it’s imperative to strive for bigger and better things. Your past success may have been impressive, but it’s just that, past success. Live with the idea that your organization’s best days are ahead of it. Glory days will pass you by. Read More→

Are you a little sluggish in the mornings? If so, you’re not alone. For many of us the strength to summon enough energy to take on another busy day can be a monumental task. Luckily, getting a better start to your day may be as easy as adding a few steps to your morning routine.

Avoid the snooze button
Hitting the snooze button to get just a few more precious minutes of quality time with your bed may only be making your eventual rise and shine harder on yourself. Because we sleep in cycles, when you wake up and hit the snooze button, your brain starts a new cycle when you go back to sleep. When the alarm goes off again 10-15 minutes later, you’re likely in an earlier, deeper stage of the sleep cycle, which only makes it even harder to fully wake and drag yourself out of bed. Read More→

Top talent is becoming harder to find. There’s an ever-widening skills gap in the workforce, so competition for the best and brightest workers is fierce. What would it mean for your business if you lost your rock star employees to a competitor? Check out this infographic from Mindflash.com, an online training platform provider, for a few key indicators that an employee may be looking to jump ship. Read More→

In July, we asked our readers how their companies use their summer interns and according to the results, more than half say they fully integrate them into their team for real hands-on experience. Another 21% said they don’t have summer interns; 10% said their interns are relegated to tasks like filing and answering phones; and nearly 9% use their interns to pick up the slack from their busy teams. Interestingly, 3% of respondents said they don’t know what their interns do all day.

Some respondents to the poll selected “other” and chose to enter their own thoughts on the question. A few common responses include: handling special projects, serving as backup to full-time staff, and rotating them throughout the company to gain more well-rounded experience.

Summer internships are a valuable opportunity for students, recent grads, and young professionals and should be thought of as a partnership. Interns are looking for tangible experience that will help them transition into a career, while businesses not only get some extra help, they also get the inside scoop on up and coming talent. Read More→

Hiring new employees isn’t cheap. In fact, a widely-held belief is that it costs six-to-nine months’ worth of salary every time an employer replaces an employee. If you multiply that cost by each time your business has experienced turnover, you could be in for a surprise at how much money your company actually spends to fill positions.

With the high cost of turnover, it’s especially important that you utilize the hiring and interview process to the fullest. Interviews, in particular, can help you make the right hiring decision, but you have to ask the right questions. It’s natural to question someone about what they’ve listed on their resume or what they think they’ll do in the future, but you need to go deeper than that. To hedge your bets on making the right hire, and keeping turnover costs minimal, it’s important to uncover a person’s character, work ethic, skill level, and personality. And, the easiest way to do that is to ask behavioral questions. Read More→