Monthly Archives: July 2016

What’s Wasting Your Time at Work?

Are you bogged down with emails? Do you spend a good part of your day in meetings or trying to organize your desk? If so, you’re not alone. A recent survey from Express Employment Professionals revealed what employers believe are the biggest daily wastes of time in the workplace.

Of the more than 2,000 respondents, 21% identified “constant interruptions by employees/co-workers” as the biggest office time waster. An additional 17% said “reading/replying to email” wastes too much time, and 15% selected “unnecessary meetings.” Disorganization, social media, and smoke breaks also made the list. Take a look at the graphic below for the full results:

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“Today’s workplace is full of distractions. Modern conveniences can easily become modern wastes of time,” said Bob Funk, CEO of Express. “The first step in reducing wasted time is recognizing its causes. It’s easy to feel like we are at the mercy of forces beyond our control, but setting clear priorities and sharing them with co-workers can help improve productivity and ease workplace frustrations.”

How do you stay focused at work? Share your tips in the comments section below!

Movin’ On Up is brought to you by Express Employment Professionals.

Entrepreneurship: Do You Have What it Takes?

boss_dayIf you haven’t noticed, the job market is changing. From a renewed emphasis on high-skilled jobs, like machine operators and registered nurses, to the growing number of opportunities for freelance work, there’s no doubt that the traditional path to career success has transformed.

For many, the route to achieving their dreams will be through entrepreneurship. The question for anyone considering making the jump to being a business owner is simple: Do I have what it takes?

Knowledge
Starting a business from the ground up is difficult enough, but if you don’t have knowledge about the product, service, or industry that you are getting into, the odds are increasingly against you. One of the wisest investments to make during the initial stages of entrepreneurship is growing your knowledge of the venture you’re about to undertake.

Whether that is learning more about the process of starting a small business, including loans and any licenses needed, or discovering how franchising works, having a solid foundation of information is fundamental to your success.

Do you understand everything there is to know about the product you’d like to sell or the problem you’d like to solve? If not, it’s probably not the right time to invest the energy and money needed to become an entrepreneur.

Passion
No matter the business you want to begin, you’re going to need an almost reckless desire to make it happen. With purpose and a passion to succeed, you’ll be able to overcome the various obstacles and trials that will come your way. Without that desire, the road to entrepreneurial success will be a dead end and leave you with a bitter taste in your mouth and a sense of failure.

There may be people in your life, even close family and friends, who think you’re crazy for taking this leap into the unknown. But, if you begin the journey with an unrelenting desire to see your idea through to the end, there’s no one who can stop you from achieving your dream.

One surprising reason the most successful entrepreneurs have a genuine passion for what they do: failure.

No matter the industry or the time period, from Henry Ford to Colonel Sanders to Soichiro Honda to Richard Branson to Oprah Winfrey to Elon Musk, the passion-filled pursuit of success through the adversity of failure has led the world’s greatest entrepreneurs to their accomplishments.

Support
Finally, one of the most common denominators among entrepreneurs who have what it takes is a support system. This group of people and the organizations that surround you during the entrepreneurial process play a vital role in both your short and long-term success.

Whether it’s a spouse who puts their trust in you, a friend who invests money in your venture, or a mentor who has been through this already, each are an important member of your support team. Not only are they needed to help you get through the challenges of starting your own business, but the saying really is true, ”Victories taste much sweeter when they are experienced with others.”

Find out if you’re ready to become an entrepreneur and which path is right for you. Check out this quiz from the Express Franchising blog.

Have you ever considered starting your own business? Are you currently an entrepreneur? Let us know in the comments section below.

Movin’ On Up is brought to you by Express Employment Professionals.

The Results Are In: How Do You Give Back?

statistics 3When you’re busy working or job searching, it can be hard to find time to volunteer or give back to your community. But, the benefits of giving back are numerous. Giving back not only makes a positive impact on your community, it also helps you gain new skills, find networking opportunities, and position yourself as a more attractive candidate to employers.

Because there are many ways to give back to your community, we recently asked Movin’ On Up readers what they’re doing to make an impact.

Survey Results
The survey results revealed there are three major ways readers give back to their communities. Those ways are:

  • Donating food, clothes, or other items – 32%
  • Volunteering – 30%
  • Donating money to charitable organizations – 26%

While those three ways make up the majority of responses, an additional 8% of readers said they donate blood through blood drives.

Creative Ways to Give Back
Readers were also given the option to select “Other” and provide their own response. Five percent of respondents did so, and their responses give valuable insight into creative ways you can give back in your community, including:

  • Hosting events
  • Chairperson for an organization
  • Helping needy friends and family
  • Volunteer firefighter
  • Outreach to the homeless community
  • Serving on nonprofit boards
  • Working with a church on community improvements
  • Sponsoring children in underdeveloped countries

How do you give back? Share your stories in the comments section below!

Movin’ On Up is brought to you by Express Employment Professionals.

5 Ways to Define Your Ideal Workplace

better_together_teamwork_games_webWhether you’re just getting started in the professional world or looking for a career transition, it’s important to know what you want in a job and consider most important. A key piece of that is being able to define your ideal workplace. If you don’t know where to start or if you’ve got a long list of workplace “must-haves,” we’ve outlined five simple ways to help you define your ideal workplace and keep you moving on your path toward your dream career.

Consider size
When you get started, think about the kind of environment that will help you feel the most productive. Would you rather work for a small business or a large corporation? Both workplaces have benefits, but it’s important to know your personal work style and where you work best.

Think about environment
In a recent Movin’ On Up poll, 15% of voters said their ideal workplace would be one that is “relaxed,” while “fast-paced” received fewer votes. This is something you’ll also want to keep in mind when defining your ideal workplace. For some, a relaxed atmosphere is where they work best. For others, the constant buzz of a fast-paced environment is where they’ll thrive.

Research culture
Let’s say you’re interested in a culture like Google, where flexible schedules and work-life balance are promoted. Add that to your list for an ideal workplace, and then, start researching. Granted, you can do this for any aspect of defining your ideal workplace, but with culture, you can usually garner insight from employer reviews, talking with past and present employees, and more.

Narrow it down
Once you have a list of everything you look for in an ideal workplace, including the three areas above, take time to rank these items in order from most important to least important. Doing this will help guide your job search and allow you to focus on companies that offer the kind of workplace in which you think you’d be most productive and engaged.

Remember: nobody’s perfect
When defining your ideal workplace and applying it to your job hunt, try to keep in mind that no company is perfect. Finding that dream location can require some give and take. You may not get the flexible work schedule you’ve dreamed of, but perhaps you’ll work in a low-stress environment. The most important thing to remember is that your ideal workplace should be one that promotes your best professional self. Keep that in mind and you’ll be well on your way toward a positive career path.

How do you define your ideal workplace? Share your tips in the comments section below!

Movin’ On Up is brought to you by Express Employment Professionals.

Happy Independence Day From Express

In the United States, July 4 is known as Independence Day. It’s a federal holiday that has existed since 1941, and honors the traditional celebrations dating back to the 18th century and the American Revolution. The Fourth of July is a time to celebrate American independence, and typically includes a wide range of festivities.

While it’s a great time to make memories, enjoy the great outdoors, and catch a firework show, don’t forget that holidays are a prime time to step up your job search efforts. By networking at social gatherings, or using the extra day off to search for jobs or enhance your resume, you can make important career advancements this Independence Day.

For more tips on using the holiday weekend as a networking opportunity, check out this Movin’ On Up article.

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Express Employment Professionals wishes all of our associates and their families a happy and safe Independence Day.

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Happy Canada Day!

Today is Canada Day, a day nationally celebrated by Canadians to commemorate the anniversary of the Constitution Act, 1867, in which three colonies united into a single country under the British Empire. Originally, the holiday was called Dominion Day, but it wasn’t until October of 1982 that it formally became known as Canada Day.

As with any holiday, this weekend is a great time to recharge your batteries. It’s also an opportunity to refocus your job search. Check out this Movin’ On Up article about updating your resume to help you get started.

We want to wish everyone a safe and happy Canada Day from your friends at Express Employment Professionals!

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