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Increasing Minimum Wage: Employer vs. Employee Perceptions

04/14/2014 10:00:14 AM

Recently, Express Employment Professionals released the results of a national survey of employers about the proposed increase in minimum wage. According to the results, if the minimum wage were raised to $10.10 an hour, 38% of employers who currently

How to Lose Your Best Employee in 10 Days

04/10/2014 08:30:18 AM

Regardless of tenure or experience, even the best leaders can find themselves making the biggest blunders when it comes to managing people. Whether they feel they’re doing what’s best for their team or they are oblivious to certain issues, someti

March Madness: We Have a Champion

04/09/2014 10:00:29 AM

From the Elite Eight and the Final Four all the way to the final match, the road to the March Madness Leadership Championship has been long. There have been ups and downs, shoe-ins and upsets, but after three rounds, the voters have decided. And the

Stop Global Whining!

04/08/2014 10:00:14 AM

We are all forced to do more with less these days – fewer staff, declining resources, and 40 hours of stuff to do in a 24-hour day. This can really wear us down! So, what do you do? You can waste energy complaining, but how productive is that? Inst

New White Paper Questions the Conventional Wisdom of Going to College

04/03/2014 10:00:45 AM

It’s time to stop overlooking career technical education. Well-paying, in-demand jobs await CTE students Express Employment Professionals, the nation’s largest privately held staffing firm, recently released a new white paper exploring t

March Madness: Leadership Championship

04/01/2014 11:23:23 AM

As the basketball world gets ready for the Final Four this Saturday, April 5, Refresh Leadership just had it’s own Final Four. Through our own March Madness Leadership Championship, we started with eight different leadership styles and had you

Fight or Flight: Dealing with Stress in the Workplace

03/31/2014 14:04:52 PM

Human behavior is marked by ever-changing attitudes and, as a whole, is subject to conditions that surround each individual circumstance. Regardless of a positive or negative perspective, psychological feelings can be just as debilitating as physical

5 Things to Do This Month: April 2014

03/31/2014 10:00:40 AM

Spring has finally arrived – hopefully. After what seemed like a never-ending winter for most of North America, the next several weeks will be a welcome breath of fresh, springtime air. As we enter into the month of April, keep these five things to

Question of the Month: What are Your Biggest Triggers of Workplace Stress?

03/31/2014 07:00:34 AM

According to a study by Harris Interactive for Everest College, 83% of workers said they felt stressed about their jobs in 2013, which was up 10% from the previous year. Work stress has been shown to not only affect job performance, but other parts o

5 Quick Tips for Remembering Names

03/27/2014 10:00:31 AM

Did you know there is a World Memory Championship? And that it’s governed by the World Memory Sport Council? And as of January 2014, there are 149 people in the world who can officially call themselves a “Grand Master of Memory.” For those of u

The Power of a Decision

03/26/2014 10:00:31 AM

The world belongs to the man or woman who has made a decision. The decision I am talking about here does not involve simply indicating a preference or making an initial effort. The life decision that matters is the one in which you will invest everyt

The Game of Life

03/25/2014 11:00:43 AM

Dick Vitale’s experience and enthusiasm for the game of basketball are unparalleled and his “Vitale-isms,” like “Awesome, baby!” and “diaper dandy,” have taken on a life of their own. He’s emblematic of his own last name in that he’

5 Skills Every Workplace Leader Needs [Infographic]

03/24/2014 11:00:29 AM

Whether you’re a first time leader or a seasoned veteran of the business world, everyone can use a quick refresher course in leadership skills from time to time. Check out this infographic from New England College for some insight into the five ski

March Madness: Final Four

03/24/2014 10:00:18 AM

With the college basketball in a winner-take-all frenzy with the 2014 NCAA tournament, Refresh Leadership is having it’s own tournament. And just like in the first week of the NCAA tournament, the first round of the March Madness Leadership Cha

Survey Reveals Impact of Raising Minimum Wage

03/20/2014 10:00:06 AM

Express Employment Professionals, the nation’s largest privately held staffing firm, released the results of a survey asking employers about the impact a minimum wage hike will have on their businesses. If the minimum wage were raised to $10.10 an

What’s Your Organization’s Role in the Global Marketplace?

03/18/2014 11:00:12 AM

A strong believer in free market principles, John Mackey, co-founder and co-CEO of Whole Foods Market, founded the Conscious Capitalism Movement to challenge business leaders to rethink why their organizations exist and to acknowledge their roles in

March Madness: Leadership Bracketology

03/13/2014 10:00:18 AM

In the college basketball world, everything boils down to one thing – March Madness. And what madness it is! Out of more than 300 schools that play Division 1 basketball, 68 of the best teams are selected to participate in the NCAA tournament to se

The Results Are In: Most Common Reasons for Terminating an Employee

03/12/2014 08:33:42 AM

In our February question of the month, we asked our readers about their most common reasons for terminating an employee. Nearly 1,200 respondents weighed in, and the results were overwhelmingly conclusive. With just shy of 62% of the vote, the top re

Why Do We Get Nervous?

03/11/2014 10:00:42 AM

From looming deadlines to job interviews to social encounters, our nerves sometimes get the best of us. However, the nervousness we feel in these situations is also the same exhilaration we get that helps us push through and succeed. Asap SCIENCE exp

Survey of Businesses Shows Health Insurance Ranks as Most Important Job Benefit

03/06/2014 05:00:31 AM

Retirement Plans and Paid Time Off Round Out the Top 3 In Survey Of Employers, HR/Hiring Managers, and Employees Express Employment Professionals recently released the results of a survey about the most important benefits offered by employers. Respon

5 Things to Do this Month: March 2014

03/03/2014 05:00:52 AM

After the bitter winter weather that hit much of North America, most of our readers are probably ready for spring. This month is the start of a new season full of possibilities. So besides waiting for the snow to melt, here are five things to do in t

Has Corporate Social Responsibility Become an Essential Pillar of Business?

03/03/2014 05:00:38 AM

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) – aka corporate conscience or corporate citizenship – is essentially the idea that businesses and corporations have a responsibility as members of society to ensure compliance with laws, ethical standards, an

Question of the Month: Would an Increase in Minimum Wage Affect Your Hiring Strategies?

02/28/2014 05:00:59 AM

President Obama, along with Senate Democrats, have been making their case for a minimum-wage increase from the current $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour. If the wage hike goes into effect, it is expected to boost the earnings of about 16.5 million Amer

8 Important Hiring Trends for 2014 [Infographic]

02/26/2014 05:00:34 AM

In the battle for top talent, what do hiring managers have to contend with in 2014? Check out this infographic from human resource news site HireDaily.com for some insight into a few important hiring trends. Explore more infographics like this one on

The Affordable Care Act’s Impact on Job Creation

02/25/2014 08:16:46 AM

As the economic effects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continue to be debated, Express Employment Professionals, the nation’s largest privately held staffing firm, released the results of a survey of business owners, hiring managers, and human re

Fuzzy Math: Are You Striving to Improve Irrelevant Statistics?

02/20/2014 05:00:36 AM

We live in a world of numbers, calculations, and statistics. As Warren Buffett said, “We seem to know the cost of everything and the value of nothing.” I have long believed that the thing we measure is the thing we will improve, so it’s critic

How You Can Win Over Millennials

02/19/2014 05:00:59 AM

Retail sales are what drive the economy, and with the largest generation since Baby Boomers in the workforce, the spenders of the future are changing how businesses target consumers. In a recent article on QUARTZ, author Venkatesh Bala explains that

12 Secrets to Creating a Joyful Workplace

02/18/2014 05:00:57 AM

Check out this short video to hear workplace performance and communication expert, Amanda Gore, share her 12 secrets to creating a joyful workplace. By incorporating these elements into your workplace, you’re creating an environment that inspires e

No Joke: Seinfeld Can Help You Be More Successful

02/14/2014 05:00:34 AM

One of the most recognizable comedians may know a thing or two about achieving goals. Jerry Seinfeld wasn’t a television sensation overnight; it was a day-to-day process. Seinfeld had a simple strategy that made him who he is today – and the

The Results Are In: Your Attitude Toward Setting New Year’s Resolutions and Goal Setting

02/12/2014 05:00:46 AM

In our January question of the month, we asked about your attitude toward setting New Year’s resolutions, and the results show that a majority of you are motivated to make a positive change in 2014. According to the poll, 28% of respondents said

Deep Dive: Who’s In and Out of the Labor Force

02/06/2014 05:00:12 AM

The labor participation rate (LFPR) is at a 35-year low, but what groups left the workforce the fastest? Americans without higher education, whites, and men outpace others in giving up on the job market. Ahead of Friday’s jobs report from the Burea

Succession Planning: How Strong Are Your Reserves?

02/03/2014 14:13:32 PM

Turnover isn’t an issue companies face with just their entry-level employees anymore – it affects all levels of the corporate ladder. According to a survey conducted by AMA Enterprise, a division of American Management Association, only 28% o

5 Things to Do This Month: February 2014

02/01/2014 05:00:18 AM

Believe it or not, we’re already a full month in to the new year. How is your 2014 shaping up? Are you sticking to your resolutions? If not, don’t worry. You still have plenty of time to reach, and exceed your goals. In the meantime, check out th

Question of the Month: What is your most common reason for terminating an employee?

01/31/2014 08:07:20 AM

Turnover is no longer an issue only struggling businesses face, it’s now the norm. And according to a recent survey by CareerBuilder, one in five workers plan on changing jobs in 2014 – up 17% from 2013. In fact, 58% of workers who are dissatisfi

10 Quotes to Help You Play It Cool in the Workplace

01/29/2014 05:00:07 AM

There’s a lot to be said about the ability to play it “cool” under pressure. And it’s an important quality of great leadership. The ability to roll with the punches and stay focused when obstacles arise is essential to leading a productive te

The High Cost of Multitasking

01/27/2014 05:00:50 AM

Everyone thinks they’re a great multitasker, but what do the statistics actually show? Check out this interesting infographic from Fuzebox, a provider of internet and mobile-based unified communications solutions, for a little more insight into

Most Innovative Things Businesses Are Doing

01/23/2014 05:00:02 AM

Innovation is paramount for remaining on the cutting edge in today’s business climate, and companies realize the key to innovation is having a team of talented, hard-working individuals. And according to a recent survey conducted by Express Employm

6 Questions to Ask Yourself When Confronted With Ethical Issues

01/21/2014 05:00:13 AM

It’s an interesting phenomenon how quickly we delight in the moral victories of people we’ve never met. We’ve all seen those stories that spread across the internet and though our social media feeds about the “unlikely heroes” who are faced

Achieving Goals in 2014

01/16/2014 05:00:55 AM

With the new year in full swing, millions of people are well into their self-imposed challenge, which regardless of the resolution, usually boils down to bettering themselves in 2014. In fact, according to research from the University of Scranton, 45

The Results Are In: Your Business Performance Predictions for 2014

01/14/2014 05:00:38 AM

For our December 2013 question of the month, we asked about your business performance predictions for 2014, and the results show a definite sign of optimism for the new year. According to the results, 50% of respondents say they expect to see exponen

Near Record Number of People Quit Looking for Work in 2013

01/13/2014 05:00:47 AM

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics most recent report, the percentage of people looking for work in 2013 declined at a rate not seen since 1961, with the exception of the decline that took place in 2009 as a result of the Great Recession. Th

Helping Your People Believe In Themselves [Video]

01/09/2014 05:00:42 AM

Great leaders have a gift for making the people they lead believe in their own abilities. And it’s one of the most important keys to building a workforce of dedicated, productive employees who strive for success. According to workplace performance

The Science of Procrastination

01/08/2014 05:00:43 AM

Have you ever wondered why you just can’t seem to get started on certain tasks? Well, it turns out there’s a scientific explanation to most people’s constant struggle with procrastination. According to AsapSCIENCE, humans categorize

7 Predictions for 2014

01/06/2014 14:25:31 PM

Bob Funk, Chairman and CEO of Express Employment Professionals, released seven predictions for 2014 related to jobs and the economy. “As for the future of jobs in America for 2014, I see little change in the unemployment rate. At the same time, I s

5 Things to Do This Month: January 2014

01/02/2014 05:00:31 AM

A new year is upon us, and with it comes a blank slate awaiting creativity and endless possibilities for your office. So to start 2014 off right, try these five things to do this month! New Year, New You From ancient times to modern civilization, the

Question of the Month: What best describes your attitude toward setting New Year’s resolutions?

12/31/2013 05:00:03 AM

According to the University of Scranton Journal of Clinical Psychology, the top three resolutions people set are to lose weight, get organized, and to spend less/save more. Of the 45% of people who set resolutions, only 8% actually achieve them. But

The Year in Review: Top Posts of 2013

12/23/2013 05:00:47 AM

It was a great year for the Refresh Leadership blog! Take a look back with us at some of the top posts from 2013 and be sure to let us know which ones grabbed your attention. We’re gearing up for 2014 and look forward to bringing you more great con

10 Quotes to Help Stand out in the Crowd

12/19/2013 05:00:18 AM

The more experience we gain in leading others, the more we realize that motivation is key in developing our team to make the most of each other’s skills. It is an arrow that is continually held in our leadership quiver to ensure we shoot toward an

The Results are In: How Does Your Company Promote Corporate Citizenship?

12/17/2013 05:00:51 AM

In our November poll, we asked how your company promotes corporate citizenship, and the results were not only conclusive, but also quite encouraging – especially during this holiday season when even the smallest gestures of goodwill can go a long w

Amanda Gore: Helping Your People Be Their Best [Video]

12/12/2013 05:00:05 AM

As a leader, your emotions play a major role in the type of work environment you create for your employees. If you constantly feel stressed and overworked, it will be reflected in your leadership. And a stress-filled environment is not conducive to i

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