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Fostering Creative Thinking and Problem Solving

By: Glenda Lofton, Ph.D.
Oct 15, 2019
As an educator, I feared that we were developing students who were recorders and reproducers, rather than thinkers and producers.  A story by Helen Buckley entitled “The Little Boy” summarized what I often saw in the classroom.  It tells of a little boy who went to a big school.  One...

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Your Paycheck Breakdown

What is FICA anyway?
Oct 8, 2019
Knowing your pay and how it is allocated is very important. After you receive your pay stub, you will notice a vast difference between your gross pay (the total amount earned) and your net pay (the total amount earned after deductions).  For example, if you’re paid $10 an hour and...

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Interview Tips - Part II

Common Interview Questions
Oct 1, 2019
Interviewers will ask a variety of questions designed to determine if you are a good fit for their company.  Some questions will be specific to your resume, while others will be general questions to test your ability to think on your feet.  When dealing with interview questions, remember to answer...

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Interview Tips - Part I

Preparing for the Interview
Sep 24, 2019
You sent out your resume and now you have landed an interview.  Oh no!  It’s not uncommon to get nervous when preparing or thinking about your interview.  The following tips will help alleviate the tension and get you prepared for anything!   RESEARCH THE COMPANY:  This is a key difference...

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Career Keys - Part III

Perfecting Your Resume - Part II
Sep 16, 2019
In Part III of Lofton’s Career Keys, we will dive in further on perfecting your resume. In most job opportunities, this is your first step with the recruiter. If your resume does not have the information required, you will probably not get a call for an interview.   TAILOR YOUR...

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Career Keys - Part II

Perfecting Your Resume
Sep 10, 2019
Finding a job can be the most challenging undertaking anyone can experience.  The following tips and tools are aimed at guiding you through the challenges to help make the job search a little easier.   A resume is a written summary of your past work experience, skills, certifications and accomplishments. ...

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Career Keys - Part 1

Getting Started in the Job Market
Sep 3, 2019
Finding a job can be a challenging task.  It is important to be prepared for the entire job-seeking process, from job searches, to networking, to research and the dreaded interview.  Lofton Staffing Services is here to guide you through it all.  Whether your background is in heavy industrial, office clerical...

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The Role of a Security Officer

Knowing the Difference
Aug 27, 2019
If crime prevention for your business or event is at the top of your to-do list, you’re not alone. Many businesses include security protection in their budgets to offset any potential financial losses due to theft. Private Security companies, like Lofton Security Service, provide skilled Security Officers who are able...

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Workplace Heat Stress

Know the symptoms to help prevent heat stroke
Aug 20, 2019
August is the hottest month of the year.  A big concern that seems to sneak up on workers during high heat periods is heat-related illness. Working in a hot, humid environment can be difficult or even fatal if you ignore the signs and symptoms of heat-related disorders. This can affect...

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Messy Employees in the Workpace - Part II

Office Employees
Aug 13, 2019
A messy employee may not have the best organizational or time-management skills, which can affect productivity. While there are a number of culprits for disorganization and mishandled paperwork, one of the leading causes is a messy work area. A whopping 73% of managers perceive that employees with an untidy workspace are...

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Messy Employees in the Workplace - Part I

Industrial Employees
Aug 6, 2019
Messy employees, especially in the industrial field, can have difficulty meeting performance expectations, and can also negatively impact workplace safety.  Disorganized workers often find it difficult to maintain a clean workplace not because they are lazy, but simply because they don’t have adequate organizational skills. As a supervisor, it may...

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Making a Security Plan

What works best for your facility?
Jul 30, 2019
From prevention to reporting, security officers have a variety of responsibilities, but the primary goal is protecting the property of the employer. These officers are frequently positioned as the first line of defense for businesses and sites against external threats, intrusion and vulnerabilities to the property and its assets. However...

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Dealing with Work Failures

Building blocks to success
Jul 23, 2019
No one likes to do a bad job or fail at any given task, especially at work. Every successful person has failed at something and in some cases, many things.  Taking risks is part of becoming successful.  Sometimes the risks work out, and sometimes things go wrong.  The important thing...

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Living Life on a Want to, Like to, Love to, Choose to.

By: Glenda G. Lofton, Ph.D.
Jul 15, 2019
Why do you do the things you do?  Why do you go to work each day? What motivates you to do better?  In the late 1980’s, thanks to the foresight of Mary Edwards, Director of SPUR, Louisiana’s highly successful school improvement project, I was blessed to be a part of...

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Emails are NOT Texts

Know your audience
Jul 9, 2019
Texting has become a convenient mode of communication, both in the personal and business worlds.  And while it does have its place in the business world, there is a growing trend to use “text speak” as the communication format for both text and email.  The two, however, are completely different...

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God Wants You to Share

By: Glenda G. Lofton, Ph.D.
Jul 2, 2019
When our granddaughter, Megan, was six and our grandson, Samuel, was four, Tommy and I took them to Grand Isle.  Like most children their age, we had only gone a few miles when they asked, “When are we going to get there?”  When we responded, “It’s as long as watching...

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How Does a Staffing Firm Work?

Knowing the difference in hires.
Jun 25, 2019
Your company has an open position, but doesn’t have the time or resources to recruit, screen and hire.  Where do you turn for help? Staffing firms, like Lofton Staffing Services, are able to fill those positions with minimal time and effort spent on your staff and company.   How does...

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Making Work More Natural Than Play

By: Glenda G. Lofton, Ph.D
Jun 18, 2019
As a young child, I spent most of my summers and holidays at the home of my Great Grandfather Warner in Winn Parish.  It was the home he had built on land homesteaded by his family in the 1800’s. When Grandpa died in 1955 at the age of 95, it...

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Faith of Our Fathers

By: Glenda G. Lofton, Ph.D
Jun 11, 2019
Over the years, Father’s Day has become a time for celebrating not only our fathers but our forefathers as well.  Often the hymn, “Faith of Our Fathers,” written by Fredrick Faber in London in 1849, is sung on that day, and I marvel at the first few words…”Faith of our...

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When Employees Make Suggestions

How to keep an open flow of ideas
Jun 4, 2019
Frontline employees are a company’s best line of defense.  The employees, who spend their time in daily tasks, know the ins-and-outs of how the company operates…and sometimes have suggestions on how it can operate better. Now, what if those employees never speak up or give suggestions on how to improve...

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How to Get Recruiters to Come to You

Simple Ways to Get Noticed
May 28, 2019
Has this happened to you?  You hear that your friend got a great new job, and they didn't even apply for it! Instead, they were contacted by a recruiter. 94% of recruiters use social media in their recruitment efforts. When it comes to being noticed by potential employers, you need...

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Are You an Excuse Maker?

Letting Excuses Steal Your Potential
May 21, 2019
We have all been in a situation, whether work or personal, that could have been far more successful had there not been a mountain of our own excuses in the way, blocking the path to progress. Excuses are rationalizations we make to ourselves about people, events, and circumstances. They are...

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Living Stress-Free

Six principles to live and work by
May 14, 2019
Within each of us is a kind of mental computer – an automated system that eases the responsibility of decision-making in simple situations. This programming begins at a very young age. For example, we are taught as children not to touch hot things, i.e. stoves, candles, fire, etc.  It creates...

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Reflections of a Working Mom

By: Glenda G. Lofton, Ph.D.
May 8, 2019
The decision to be a “working mom” was not an easy one for me.  Like many others in my generation, I was reared in a home where God and family came first.  As a homemaker and “stay-at-home” mom, my mother modeled what giving was all about.  She gave of herself...

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Smart Phone Etiquette

Customer Service in Your Daily Routine
Apr 30, 2019
Smart phones are great! They keep us in touch with family and friends, keep us connected to current events, and entertain our minds when faced with the boredom of waiting rooms.  However, they also disconnect us from common courtesy, a basic customer service mindset with each other.   Think about...

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What Did You Learn Today?

By: Glenda G. Lofton, Ph.D.
Apr 23, 2019
When I was a child, my dad attempted to save money by spray-painting our old maroon Studebaker car a bright red.  As I recall, the garage turned out redder than the car, and the car with its varying shades of red and maroon fit in well with the psychedelic images...

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How to Deal With Workplace Stress

Relax...It's All Good.
Apr 16, 2019
More than one-third of American workers experience chronic stress in the workplace.  It is a common epidemic, with an estimated cost to American businesses of up to $300 billion a year in lost work hours and medical bills. When triggered in the body for extended periods of time, stress hormones...

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Learning from Adversity

By: Glenda G. Lofton, Ph.D.
Apr 9, 2019
In the early 1950’s - grades 5-8 for me - I lived in the country with my mother, father, and younger brother.  My dad was a teacher, but his salary was low so, like many others in our income bracket, we rented a house. (I don’t remember his salary, but...

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Are You an Active Listener?

When to not speak...and just listen.
Apr 2, 2019
Do you know what the hardest part of listening is? Knowing that it’s not all about YOU! Listening is about empathy. It's about caring what the other person is saying instead of thinking about how it affects you. It’s about reaching out of your own self and entering a world...

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Outsourcing Payroll

Facing Work-Life Challenges
Mar 26, 2019
Millions of U.S. businesses outsource their payroll processing for the simple fact that it can be complex and time-consuming. These functions include anything from determining employee wages and withholding taxes, to updating vacation and sick pay, to deducting employee-contributed payments for benefits.  Using an outside service like Lofton Staffing Services...

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How to Bounce Back From a Layoff

Remember, you're not alone
Mar 19, 2019
Being laid off from a job is arguably the most traumatic experience you may face in your career. Even if the layoff was foreseen, a period of disorientation and emotional upheaval is sure to follow. It’s normal to feel isolated and alone. However, many in the workforce will find themselves...

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Self-Promoting at Work

Sometimes you are your only cheering section
Mar 12, 2019
Are you the type of person who keeps their head down at work, does their job efficiently and effectively, yet NO ONE knows it? You might need a little boost from the cheering section….your own! Like it or not, promoting yourself at work is a necessary part of your career...

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How Temporary Jobs Help Gain Skills

Learning New Tasks Through Different Jobs
Mar 5, 2019
Many job seekers shy away from temporary work. They either fear that it will affect their track record of long-term positions, or they view temporary jobs as only low-end labor that won’t align with their chosen field. However, businesses of all types and sizes partner with staffing firms, like Lofton...

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PPE for Women

We've Come a Long Way
Feb 26, 2019
Women make up nearly one-third of the manufacturing workforce in the United States. They play a number of roles in the industry, from working on the production line to running their own manufacturing businesses, and although they account for nearly half of the working population (47.5 percent), women remain underrepresented...

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How Smart Are You?

By: Glenda G. Lofton, Ph.D.
Feb 19, 2019
How smart are you, and how do you know? Have you ever had an intelligence test based on the notion that intelligence can be objectively measured and reduced to a single number or “IQ” score? Do you base your beliefs on past successes and failures, particularly in school? Have certain...

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Keeping Loyal Employees

When Bad Managers Lose Good People
Feb 12, 2019
Recruiting good employees is a costly endeavor. Companies invest a lot of time, money and careful attention to hire the right employees for their organization.  What happens when those good employees leave because of a bad manager? According to a Gallup poll, managers account for at least 70% of an...

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How to Work With Staffing Firm's Employees

What is your role as the client?
Feb 5, 2019
Congratulations on hiring a staffing provider!  Sometimes co-employment can be a bit confusing.  What exactly is your role as the client, since the employee works for the staffing firm? Here are some basic guidelines for this new business relationship: Staffing firms, like Lofton Staffing Services, minimize the client’s involvement with...

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Five Questions to Ask on an Interview

Looking Beyond the Job Description
Jan 29, 2019
Everyone wants to find their perfect job, but how can you determine that from a single interview? The basic details of the position are usually outlined for you - the job title and description, the salary, the direct manager over the position, etc.  But to help you ascertain if the...

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Looking Back. Looking Forward. Part II

By: Glenda Lofton, Ph.D.
Jan 22, 2019
The New Year is a time set aside to look back and look forward.  We resolve to change bad habits and create a more positive impact to the world around us.  Last time we looked at Stephen Covey’s #1 national best seller, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (1989)...

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Looking Back. Looking Forward. Part I

By: Glenda Lofton, Ph.D.
Jan 15, 2019
Traditionally, the New Year is a time for looking back and looking forward.  It’s a time earmarked for making resolutions to address our faults and bad habits, to aim for improving ourselves and the new year. In his #1 national best seller, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (1989)...

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Celebrating 40 Years in Staffing

1979 - 2019
Jan 8, 2019
In 1979, our founder, Thomas I. Lofton, set out to create something special in the staffing industry.  After spending more than 15 years in Human Resources management for the chemical industry, he began his own temporary help company as a franchise of a large national firm, Olsten Staffing.  That two-room...

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Workplace Flexibility

Facing Work-Life Challenges
Dec 18, 2018
The Sandwich Generation is a generation of people (usually in their 30s or 40s) who care for their aging parents while supporting their own children. According to AARP, 61% of those who provide care for a family member older than 50 are also balancing employment.  Over half of today’s workforce...

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Staffing Firms vs. Online Job Boards

What is your time worth?
Dec 11, 2018
Your company is hiring and you have a choice:  pay for job postings on various job boards or use a staffing firm. You hear the ads all the time! “Post your job and get responses from candidates that fit your position!” So what’s the benefit of using a staffing firm...

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Catching People Doing Something Right

By: Glenda G. Lofton, Ph.D.
Dec 4, 2018
As a beginning classroom teacher, I struggled with the most effective way to maintain discipline in a classroom of 32 second graders. When my supervisor visited my class, I told her that I was having a problem with discipline.  “Plan wisely,” she said to me, “and discipline will take care...

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Hiring "Overqualified" Candidates

Why Season Employees Can Be Your Best
Nov 27, 2018
In the staffing industry, submitting seasoned candidates can be a tricky proposal to clients.  Employers fear a more experienced person won’t stay long in a lower income or temp-to-hire situation.  There’s a concern that someone considered “overqualified” will grow restless and bored if they are placed in a less challenging...

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It's Different When You Get the Power

By: Glenda G. Lofton, Ph.D.
Nov 20, 2018
For several years, Tommy Lofton was a national consultant in the staffing industry. Typically, he was called in to help companies become more productive.  Because I also served as a consultant to help schools become more productive, and because many of the concepts and principles apply to any organization, I...

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Attracting Millennials to Your Company

Pay May Not Be the Key
Nov 13, 2018
Millennials have been transforming the workplace for the past decade or so with new attitudes and striking characteristics that differ from previous generations. By 2025, Millennials will be the workforce majority and they are looking for something different from the workplace of their predecessors. Company Culture Many Millennials are less motivated by money and...

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Unemployment and the Economy

Hiring from the same pool
Nov 6, 2018
It’s all over the news:  unemployment is down. The economy is growing, and the job market is getting more competitive. According to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, temporary help services is generally considered to be a corresponding indicator for economic activity and a leading indicator for overall employment.  From...

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On-site Security Options

Adding a Higher Level of Security
Oct 30, 2018
As business owners and managers, you know the importance of keeping your business running efficiently.  There are so many factors to consider: Inventory, Cost, Merchandising, Advertising, Overhead, Fixed Costs, and the list goes on. What about security? What Deters Burglars Most security professionals will say that installing surveillance cameras on...

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Coaches in the Workplace, Part II

By: Glenda G. Lofton, Ph.D.
Oct 23, 2018
Last week, I talked about Coaches in the Workplace and how finding a mentor – a trusted counselor, guide, tutor or coach – affected my career as a veteran teacher. During my years in the classroom, I developed many teaching and learning activities to help students become creative thinkers and...

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Coaches in the Workplace, Part I

By: Glenda G. Lofton, Ph. D.
Oct 16, 2018
We often discuss coaches in sports and how important their role is in the success of their team, but what about coaches in the workplace?  Though it isn’t emphasized nearly as much, workplace coaches are just as essential to the overall success of their business. As a first-year teacher in...

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Leadership ABCs: Leveraging Staff for a Super Star Track

Retain, Support, and Strategize
Oct 16, 2018
Invest in employees - gain the leading edge.

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Resume Keywords

Do they really matter?
Oct 9, 2018
At some point in your life, you have created (or are about to create) a resume for a potential employer.  You have the basics - your contact information, a professional summary, past work experience and a list of certifications.  Done!  But is it really?  Recruiters quickly scan resumes for keywords...

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Leading Your Workforce

Words Matter
Oct 2, 2018
Leadership is about more than the bottom line; it’s about building a successful, confident team through the words spoken every day. The most effective leaders choose words that inspire others to succeed.  Their dialogue influences the members of their team to either push past the obstacles in their way, or...

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Staffing Scenarios

What is your situation?
Sep 18, 2018
You have probably noticed over the years that there is a mixture of job openings:  ones posted directly from a company and others posted from staffing firms.  What’s the difference? Why do some companies use a staffing firm while others don't? Did you know there are laws covering how you...

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Boost Productivity with a Hybrid Workforce

A corporate advantage.
Sep 17, 2018
Reaping the benefits.

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OSHA & Staffing Employee Safety

Protecting the Safety of Temporary Workers
Sep 11, 2018
According to the United States Department of Labor, the extent of responsibility under the law of staffing agencies and host employers is dependent on the specific facts of each case.  Staffing agencies and host employers are jointly responsible for maintaining a safe work environment for temporary workers - including ensuring...

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If Real Estate were like Staffing Firms

Options are similar
Sep 4, 2018
Imagine you are in the market to buy a house. You have two options: Do it yourself or hire a realtor. If you do it yourself, you spend hours searching online at different sites, drive around looking for yard signs, ask friends if they know of any houses for sale…on...

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Job Seekers' Bulletin – Know the Market

Career options.
Aug 28, 2018
An evolving market.

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Construction Industry Leaders

Growing with the 4th Industrial Revolution
Aug 21, 2018
It's a "smart" tool generation.

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Social Media Profiles and the Hiring Process

A hot tool but don't get burnt.
Aug 17, 2018
Proceed with caution.

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Requirements and Responsibilities of Campus Security Officers

It's more than checking the locks.
Aug 14, 2018
The checklist.

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Cyber Attacks Escalating: Act Now

2018 Risk Management Trends
Aug 7, 2018
Take proactive measures.

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Tech Professionals Need Soft Skills Too

Aug 2, 2018
11 Career Essentials

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The Skill-Based Hiring Model: Should Your Company Move in This Direction?

Increase your talent pool.
Jul 25, 2018
Education is not always a predictor of success.

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Urgent: Employers Must Know the Laws About Sexual Harassment

Don't get burnt by this hot topic.
Jul 25, 2018
Don't let it damage your career.

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Danger: Ransomware Poses Increased Threat to Businesses

Be proactive against attacks.
Jul 17, 2018
Avoid data captivity.

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Power Tool Safety Tips for Construction Workers

Don't be a statistic.
Jul 10, 2018
Work safe and avoid the ER.

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Security Officer Hiring on the Rise

The Good News & The Good News
Jul 3, 2018
Ask yourself two questions . . .

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Workplace Personalities and the Challenges Managers Face

Dealing with the difficult.
Jun 26, 2018
Diffusing personality conflicts.

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Before You Hire a Security Officer . . .

Ask the right questions.
Jun 19, 2018
Pay attention to these essential traits.

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Building a Diverse Workforce - The Benefits and Challenges

The foundation for success.
Jun 15, 2018
Challenging, but beneficial.

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Become a Superstar Employee: Harness Your Emotional Intelligence

It's a valuable soft skill.
Jun 12, 2018
Improve your professional interactions - personal too.

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The Benefits of Partnering with Medical Recruiting Specialists

Find talented applicants.
Jun 5, 2018
Multiple plusses.

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Workplace Violence Prevention: The Employee Perspective

Be safe. Be smart
May 29, 2018
Play your part.

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Protecting your Business from Workplace Violence

No one is exempt from the possibility.
May 22, 2018
It's your responsibility.

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Top Tips for Pre-Planning Your Interview

Make a lasting impression.
May 15, 2018
"To be prepared is half the victory.” Miguel de Cervantes

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The Millennial Workforce: Debunking Generational Myths

Skip the bad rap.
May 9, 2018
5 myths debunked

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Reasons to Avoid Online Background Checks

Is it a ticking time bomb?
May 8, 2018
What could go wrong?

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Becoming Part of the Solar System: The Job Outlook in Solar Power

The fastest growing industry!
May 1, 2018
A boon for America's economy.

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The Ultimate Guide: Deciding on a Career Path in the Construction Industry

A Fast-growing Industry
Apr 24, 2018
Learn About this Extensive Industry

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Internal Communication Plans

A Business Essential
Apr 20, 2018
Build productivity, connectedness, and above-standard culture.

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Block Cyber Attacks on Your Business

Don't fall prey to an attack.
Apr 17, 2018
Diligence pays.

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On-boarding Tips for Guaranteed Success in Your New Job

Preparation is key.
Apr 10, 2018
Make an impression from day one.

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Security Officers and Physical Fitness

They go hand in hand.
Apr 3, 2018
It's a matter of focus and choices.

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5 Generations in Construction - Making It Work

Embrace and respect generational diversity.
Mar 27, 2018
Focus on the positive.

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Security Leaders and Time Management

A Power Combination
Mar 20, 2018
It's a wise choice.

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Emotional Intelligence: A Pillar to Professional Success

90% of leaders have it.
Mar 16, 2018
Emotional Intelligence, that both trained and intuitive ability to understand your own emotions, as well as others, and then make decisions and manage your behavior accordingly is an essential step toward professional success. It is comprised of four primary tenets: ·         Self-awareness: An ability to honestly recognize your strengths -...

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Terminating Employees

It's inevitable
Mar 6, 2018
Preparation and documentation are key.

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Are You a Winner?

When soft skills make the difference
Feb 26, 2018
Who would you want working for you?

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Choosing the Career that Fits

Your skills, personality, mission, and dreams.
Feb 21, 2018
Understanding is the first step.

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Professional Hires

Part II - Communication and Interpersonal Skills
Feb 20, 2018
A look beyond technical skills

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Professional Hires

Part I: Technical, Analytical, and Teamwork Skills
Feb 13, 2018
Snag top talent now?

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Hiring Top-Notch Security Officers

Protect your people and your property.
Feb 7, 2018
Take the right steps to ensure the right hire.

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Employee Engagement in the Energy Sector

It's all about company culture.
Jan 30, 2018
It doesn't just happen

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Striving for Excellence in Cyber Security Management

The cold hard truth.
Jan 23, 2018
It's more than knowledge and credentials.

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The Essence of Leadership

The Company Powerhouse
Jan 16, 2018
Footprints. Connection. Vision.

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Employee Engagement – A Business Growth Essential

Your Connection and Commitment Indicator
Jan 16, 2018
Performance metrics are fueled by employee engagement.

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Hiring A Cybersecurity Manager

An HR Challenge
Jan 9, 2018
It's a demanding task.

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The Habits that Make or Break Your Career

The Ingredients for Success
Jan 2, 2018
Be a Winner

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We Believe...

Relationships are built…one on one.
Know your people - match interest and talents to the tasks.
Don’t manage by numbers. (They just show if we’re on track.) People do the work.
People should feel better when they leave than when they came – and in turn we feel better.
When we help others, we help ourselves.
Great expectations: fair pay, fair treatment, teach me.
Have fun…and be better.
Work at having fun (51% of the time.) If you don’t feel it, fake it. Having fun is not slacking off. Work is more natural than play.