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The growing skills gap is threatening businesses in all industries from food to factories to finance. If you don’t currently have the employees to remain competitive today, how do you plan to have the innovative leaders needed for tomorrow? Check out this infographic from education site NoGRE.com  for some insight in the growing skills gap in businesses. Read More→

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 pay employees minimum wage say that they would have to let some employees go to cover the cost. Among the same group, 54% say they would reduce hiring, and 65% say they would raise prices on their goods and services. Among all employers surveyed, including those who do not currently pay the minimum wage, 19% say they would let employees go; 39% would reduce hiring; and 51% would raise prices. Read More→

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, sometimes leaders don’t realize their time and energy spent on fixing problems may actually be causing the problems.

In the 2003 comedy, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Kate Hudson’s character is fed up by all the actions women do that push their counterparts away and decides to go undercover to write a story about it for her magazine. By doing all of the annoyingly clingy things to Ben Barry, played by Matthew McConaughey, she exposes the problems that are easily avoidable in relationships. So we at Refresh Leadership thought it would be fun to do our own undercover exposé to reveal what management does that causes their best employees to walk out the door. To ensure your star employees will have one foot out the door, here are five ways to lose your best employees in 10 days.

Don’t listen to your employees.

One of the biggest mistakes leaders make is not listening to their employees’ ideas and advice. Though they may not be in management, they are the ones who are coming up with ways to handle problems and issues daily. They probably have first-hand knowledge and experience with a crisis you’re working on. Listen to them. It may just save you time and energy. Read More→

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 winner is … Coaching!

With 89% of votes, Coaching leadership style beat out Laissez-faire to take the tournament win. Coaching is a one-on-one leadership approach that is focused on employee development and growing workers into top talent. Its strength is to help team members meet their goals within the company and personal career. To view the entire scouting report, view March Madness Leadership Bracketology.

Coach Your Way to Success

Companies have come to realize the importance of employee development on the overall health and success of their businesses. However, according to a study by Towers Watson, only 58% of companies have an employee development program in place. Workers are expected to grow and advance professionally, and if they aren’t being coached at their current position, they may soon leave for greener pastures. In their 2013 Candidate Behavior Survey, CareerBuilder found that 77% of full-time employed workers are either open to or actively looking for new job opportunities. The more engaged you are with your employees’ development, the more engaged your employees will be at work. Read More→

Stop Global Whining!

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? Instead, be part of the solution!

During the 2014 Refresh Leadership Live Simulcast, Christine Cashen, professional speaker and expert on handling conflict and stress to energize employees, will share the secret to getting what you want with what you’ve got to make a difference in your workplace and your life. Read More→

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 the benefits of Career Technical Education (CTE) and challenging the conventional wisdom that a four-year college is the best post-secondary education option in today’s economy.

Entitled “Caution: College May Not Be For Everyone,” this white paper takes an in-depth look at CTE, formerly known as vocational education, and its comparative benefits over a traditional bachelor’s degree. Express believes CTE does not get the attention it deserves in America, and parents, students, and guidance counselors are often unaware of four basic facts:

  1. CTE-trained workers are in demand.
  2. CTE can lead to high-paying jobs.
  3. CTE is affordable.
  4. CTE keeps America competitive.

The white paper explores each of these topics, offering real-world examples, eye-opening statistics, and recommendations for parents and students, schools and policymakers. Read More→

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 vote on which should advance to the next round. Laissez-faire narrowly beat out Transactional, however, Coaching won against Democratic in a landslide.

And then there were two.

This is the championship game. Winner takes all, so read the scouting report below and vote on which leadership style goes home with the “W.”

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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 factors on the body. One of the most common feelings affecting a majority of humans every day is stress – more importantly, workplace stress. According to a survey by Northwestern National Life, 40% of workers say their job is either very or extremely stressful. Even more, a survey conducted by the Families and Work Institute found 26% of workers are often burned out or stressed by their work. And with many companies doing more with less in this new economy, employee stress could be on the rise.

Fight or Flight

With most things in life, there are positive and negative attributes associated with an issue – and stress is no different. Biologically, stress is the body’s reaction to specific challenges or pressure presented by a threat or task at hand. In a difficult situation, the human body releases adrenaline to provide the person under stress with the sudden boost of energy and acute awareness needed to either combat the problem or run from it. This phenomenon is called the fight-or-flight response. When a threat to one’s life is imminent, this “stress” can be the difference between life and death. However, when high stress levels aren’t subdued through satisfying the problem, long-term results can soon take effect. Read More→

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 do in mind.

Stress Awareness Month

According to a study by Harris Interactive for Everest College, 83% of workers said they felt stress about their jobs in 2013, which was up from 73% the previous year. This month, discuss the causes and potential adverse effects of work stress with your employees and how it can often carry over to other parts of their lives. There are a variety of resources readily available online or you could even tap into local health organizations to help teach your team how to deal with stress before it becomes a problem. Read More→

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 of our lives outside work as well, like your health and relationships. Since April 1 marks the beginning of Stress Awareness Month, we want to know your biggest triggers of workplace stress. Let us know by voting in our poll.