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In this issue
Payroll Service Plus
Temptation Trivia
Fun Facts
Minimum Wage
Facebook Contest!
One Minute Ideas
The Payroll Service Plus Solution
Flex-Staff's Payroll Service Plus is far more than a paycheck writing and accounting service.  This comprehensive program enables our client companies to utilize the services of employees they have recruited, screened, and selected for employment, without assuming the employer/employee relationship.
Call your local Flex-Staff office for details! 

Temptation Trivia 

Possibly the most infamous con artist and imposter of all time, this man successfully posed as an airline pilot, a doctor, and a lawyer (including passing the Bar exam without ever having attended law school).  


Name this famous imposter and the movie that was made depicting his exploits.  


If you know the answer, call your local branch office.  The first person in each market to call with the correct answer will get treats delivered!  


Last issue answer: 

Play-Doh was originally manufactured as a wallpaper cleaner by Kutol Products of Cincinnati, OH.     

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Steve Kamrowski
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Beth Pieper
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Fun Facts 

The movie The Running Man, which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, was adapted from a story written by Steven King under the pseudonym "Richard Bachman".


King wrote the entire story in one week.


The movie was directed by Paul Michael Glaser, better known as Detective David Starsky on the TV show Starsky and Hutch.  


Also appearing in the film were Jesse Ventura, former pro wrestler and former Minnesota Governor, Dweezil Zappa, and Mick Fleetwood, drummer for the band Fleetwood Mac.    


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Governor Scott Walker's Challenger Backs "Job Killing" Minimum Wage Hike 
Wisconsin gubernatorial challenger Mary Burke supports a $10.10 per hour minimum wage in the Badger State - a salary boost that Gov. Scott Walker has labeled "job-killing."  
 "I think we have to do it in a way that makes sure we're not hurting job creation," said Burke, a Democrat, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.  
"The research shows in states that have raised the minimum wage above the federal wage that it has absolutely no impact on unemployment rates."  Burke made her remarks during an interview on "Up Front with Mike Gousha."
 Walker opposes raising the minimum wage, saying it would lead to fewer teens being hired or force employers to give smaller raises to more experienced workers, the newspaper reports.  "It is a job-killing agenda. It's done for political expediency. It's a cheap headline," he said.  
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One Minute Ideas
Using the Phone
Inaccurate information can cause problems that range from the minor to the disastrous.  Here are some tips to help you get accurate information from customers on the telephone.  
  • Speak slowly and clearly - Studies show that people on the phone unconsciously match the tone and pacing of their speech to that of the other person on the line.  By speaking slowly and clearly you set the stage for your customer to speak that way too - which prevents mistakes and misunderstandings.  
  • Concentrate on this call alone - If you are thinking of something else while the customer is talking, you could miss important information.    
  • Ask the customer to spell his or her name and, if necessary, city and street names - When it comes to spelling, it's better to be safe than sorry.  People's names especially can be spelled quite differently from the way they are pronounced.    
  • Repeat, repeat, repeat - Before you end the conversation, always repeat any important information to the customer to verify that your understanding is correct.  Also, just before ending the conversation, ask the customer if there is anything else you can do for them. 

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff 
2 pounds beef top sirloin steak, cut into thin strips 
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup water
1 envelope (1-1/2 ounces) beef Stroganoff seasoning for the slow cooker 
1 pound sliced baby portobello mushrooms
1 small onion, chopped
3 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup port wine or beef broth
2 teaspoons ground mustard
1 teaspoon sugar
1-1/2 cups (12 ounces) sour cream
Hot cooked egg noodles
Minced fresh parsley, optional
In a large skillet, brown meat in oil. Add water and seasoning mix, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan. Transfer meat and drippings to a 3-qt. slow cooker.
In the same skillet, saute mushrooms and onion in butter until tender. Combine the wine, mustard and sugar; stir into the mushroom mixture. Add to slow cooker; stir to combine.
Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until meat is tender. Stir in sour cream. Serve with noodles. Sprinkle with parsley if desired. 
Makes 7 servings
Prep time: 20 minutes     Cook time: 6 hours


Inspirational Quote
 What you do today is important, because you are exchanging a day of your life for it. - author unknown