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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→

By the age of 35, a quarter of all workers have had five or more jobs, and 20% of those over 55 have held more than 10, according to a recent CareerBuilder survey on job-hopping.

A job hopper is someone who shows a pattern of working briefly in one job after another, never really settling down in a new position before they start seeking out their next opportunity. Job hoppers are most prevalent among younger workers and recent graduates. They typically have the least experience in the workforce and are eager to build the skill sets needed to land their dream job. But, they could be hurting themselves in the long run.

According to the survey, 43% of employers said they wouldn’t consider a job candidate who has had multiple short-tenure jobs with multiple companies. And while 53% of the employers who were surveyed admitted that job hoppers often have a broader range of skills, the retention of top talent is still a key factor in building a successful business and the cost associated with replacing an outgoing employee can be significant. Read More→

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.

 

Living an intentional life is to be deliberate and purposeful in everything you do. Most of us have fallen into such a routine that the events of our day are played out by going through the motions. Having a routine isn’t a bad thing, what’s important is to purposefully handle each situation with precision and care.

Thomas Edison put it this way, “Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.”

As a leader, you have the opportunity to be intentional with your teammates, and by doing so, you may just impart a positive pattern they will soon adopt.

Be Intentional by Taking Ownership

Being an intentional person means that everything you do is done with a certain resolve. But, just because you meant for something to happen, doesn’t mean it will always work the way you envisioned. In this case, sometimes we fail to reach our goals or expectations. Read More→

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→

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→

Throughout history, mankind has aspired to be great. Whether as noble as being a great friend or as aspiring as being a great leader, humans have made it their mission to reach grandiose heights. However, sometimes these goals become delusions of grandeur or an exaggerated belief of self-worth, power, knowledge, identity, or even a view of divinity. This overly prideful characteristic is most notably epitomized in a sonnet by the English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. The following sonnet is named after the alternate name for the Egyptian pharaoh Ramesses II. In the poem, this ostentatious leader is subdued by the demarcation of his own achievements.

Ozymandias

I met a traveler from an antique land
Who said: “Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert…near them, on the sand,
Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed;
And on the pedestal these words appear:
My name is Ozymandias, king of kings;
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.” Read More→

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→

What makes a great leader? Management theorist Simon Sinek, author of Leaders Eat Last, explains that a great leader is one who focuses on an environment of safety. If your employees feel safe, then they will be more productive and engaged. However, if they feel that they may get fired for not performing well, they may actually perform even worse. Sinek explains that “if you get the environment right, every single one of us has the capacity to do remarkable things.” Check out this video from TedTalks about how to be a great leader!

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In April, we asked our readers about their biggest triggers of workplace stress, and with nearly 2,100 votes, the results show a few interesting trends. According to the poll results, the number one trigger of workplace stress is “lack of/poor leadership” with 17% of the vote, followed by “long hours/increasing workloads” in second (15%), and “poor work-life balance” in third (11%). Read More→