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                                                                    May   2018 
In this issue
A Seasoned Workforce
Although federal law protects job seekers and employees over the age of 40 from age discrimination in the workplace, some companies are still reluctant to hire older employees, fearing that they may retire in just a few years. 

An understandable concern, but e ven if an employee does retire after 3-5 years, a high percentage of employees only stay with a company for 1-3 years before moving on to another position. 

Having an older employee with years of experience and a strong work ethic for even a year or two can add quite a bit of return to a company's bottom line. Especially in a labor market where good employees are so difficult to find.
Temptation Trivia  
The three most prestigious races in thoroughbred horse racing are the Preakness Stakes, the Belmont Stakes, and one other.
What is the name of this third horse race, and what is the title bestowed up on a horse that can will all three?
If you know the answer, call or email your local branch office by noon this Friday.  One winner in each branch will be chosen at random from those that answered correctly, and that person will get treats delivered. 
Last issue answer: Ty, Inc., named after founder H. Ty Werner, manufactured Beanie Babies.   
Kris Merten
Branch Manager
23 years
Ciji Hansen
Staffing Specialist
11 years
Jaime Radtke
Staffing & Account
Clerical Division
1 year

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Fun Facts  
Father Theophilus Riesinger, a Capuchin monk from Appleton, WI was known as America's foremost exorcist.  

In 1928 Father Riesinger performed a brutal 23-day exorcism on a Wisconsin woman, a disturbing case which eventually inspired the novel and film adaptation of The Exorcist.


Celebrating 45 Years of Staffing Excellence!

Positive Drug Tests at 10-Year High  
The number of positive results from employment-related drug tests remained at the highest rate in a decade for the second 
year in a row, according to analysis by Quest Diagnostics. Based on 10 million drug-test results, Quest found that positive test results for marijuana use rose significantly in states where recreational use of certain drugs was legalized. Marijuana positivity generally has been on an upward trajectory for five years, according to Quest. 
Figures from 2017 also show that positivity from cocaine and amphetamine use rose sharply in some areas of the country, while prescription opiate positivity rates declined by double digits nationwide. For the fifth year in a row, the positivity rate for cocaine increased for the general U.S. population across testing methods. Methamphetamine positivity rates surged in the Midwest and the South.      

Valerie Bolden-Berrett - hrdrive.com
Flex-Staff Promotions 
Congratulations to Eric Greening of Flex-Staff's Green Bay office, and Amanda LeCaptain of Flex-Staff's Manitowoc office for passing the advancement exam for promotion from Associate Staffing Specialist to Staffing Specialist.  

Achieving the level of Staffing Specialist signifies that they have demonstrated a proficient knowledge of Flex-Staff's policies and procedures, the staffing industry, and their position.     


One Minute Ideas
5 Hiring Mistakes You Must Stop Making Right Now
A few simple tweaks here and there can make a huge difference in the quality of your hires.   Read on to see if you're guilty of any of these common mistakes...
1. Your job description is all about the "skills" and "experiences" required, instead of the work that needs to be done - Instead of focusing on qualifications that suggest competence, go straight to what the job actually entails. A performance-based job description defines the position through a half-dozen performance objectives,
2. You accept yes-or-no votes from the hiring team, instead of focusing on specific factors - D on't just take their assessment point-blank: each team member should be able to share evidence that supports their assessment. That way you'll get a clearer, fact-based picture of the candidate.
3. You rely on biased first impressions made within the first 30 minutes, instead of collecting evidence for a more measured decision - First impressions easily become self-fulfilling prophecies. Instead, follow a semi-scripted plan to ask objective interview questions and intentionally try to challenge your first impressions. You want to use the interview to collect evidence to support a hiring decision-you don't want to actually make the hiring decision in the moment.
4. You alienate candidates with sterile behavioral interviews, instead of letting them tell their own story - A llow candidates to speak to their own experiences without strict prompts. Ask them to describe major accomplishments relevant to the actual job-they'll be more eager to share and won't feel put on the spot.
5. You leave the Apply button as your only call-to-action, instead of inviting passive candidates to reach out more casually - Make it clear that candidates can reach out other ways to learn more, whether that's via email, InMail, or even giving you a call. The best candidates are often happily employed and won't apply directly-but that doesn't mean they wouldn't entertain a casual conversation to discuss the position and a possible move.
Lou Adler - linkedin.com
Mongolian Beef
1  pound flank steak
1/4  cup corn starch
1/4  cup canola oil
2  teaspoons fresh ginger, minced
1  tablespoon garlic, minced
1/3  cup low-sodium soy sauce
1/3  cup water
1/2  cup dark brown sugar
4  stalks scallions (green parts only), cut into 2 inch pieces
Directions: Slice the flank steak against the grain into strips approximately 1 inch wide by 2 inches long. Place steak pieces in a Ziploc bag and add the corn starch. Mix the steak around inside the bag to make sure that each piece is fully coated.
Add the canola oil to a large frying pan and heat on medium high heat. Add the steak to the pan, shaking off any excess corn starch. Cook on each side for 1 minute. Do not overcrowd the pan. You want to get a good sear on the steak and if you crowd the pan your steak with steam instead of sear. When the steak is done cooking remove it from the pan.
Add the ginger and garlic to the pan and sauté for 10-15 seconds. Add the soy sauce, water and dark brown sugar to the pan and let it come to a boil. Add the steak back in and let the sauce thicken for 20-30 seconds. The corn starch used on the steak should thicken the sauce, but if you find it isn't thickening enough, you can add 1 tablespoon of corn starch to 1 tablespoon of cold water, stir to dissolve the corn starch, and add it to the pan. Add the scallions, stir to combine everything, and cook for a final 20-30 seconds. Serve immediately.


Inspirational Quote
Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will. - Karmin Seddiki