Temp- tation                                                                                 May 2017 
In this issue
Wisconsin Ranked 15th for Manufacturing
Wisconsin added 3,000 manufacturing jobs between March 2016 and March 2017 (a 0.64 percent increase) ranking the state 15th in the country and second in the Midwest, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Ohio was the only Midwestern state with higher growth in manufacturing jobs than Wisconsin, increasing 0.95 percent, or 6,500 jobs, and ranking 13th. 

Nevada and Utah showed the highest increase in manufacturing jobs in the nation with a 4.17 percent and 3.83 percent increase respectively.   
Temptation Trivia  
After headlining in Las Vegas for more than 13 years, performing for more than 400,000 people per year, this German-American duo of contemporary magicians stopped performing after one of the two was critically injured by one of their "co-stars."    
Name this magical duo, and describe the "co-star" that caused the injury.     
If you know the answer, call or e-mail 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:  

The cartoon brand mascots and their respective brands 
1. Speedy - Alka Seltzer
2. Chester Cheetah - Cheetos
3. Lucky the Leprechaun - Lucky Charms
4. Joe Camel - Camel cigarettes
5. Toucan Sam - Froot Loops
6. Tony the Tiger - Frosted Flakes
7. Charlie Tuna - Starkist
8. Snap, Crackle, & Pop - Rice Krispies
9. Poppin' Fresh - Pillsbury
10. Geoffrey the Giraffe - Toys R Us
Kris Merten
Branch Manager
22  years
Ciji Hansen
Staffing Specialist
10 years

Quick Links


Our Website





Join Our Mailing List

Fun Facts  
At an estimated weight of 21,280 pounds, the World's Heaviest Ball of Twine was constructed by James Frank Kotera, nicknamed "JFK."

Over the past 37 years, JFK has spent tens of thousands of hours wrapping twine into a ball in an isolated house in Lake Nebagamon, Wisconsin.


      Celebrating Over 40 Years of Staffing Excellence!   

New Overtime Legislation Passes House  
A bill that would allow private sector employees the choice between time and a half overtime pay and paid time off passed the House of Representatives earlier this month by a narrow margin of 229 to 197 votes.   The Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017 was sponsored by House Republicans, and passed along party lines with no Democrats voting in favor.  

Opponents claim that the bill would enable employers to cheat workers out of overtime pay, despite the fact that the bill makes it illegal for an employer to coerce an employee into accepting comp time in lieu of overtime pay.  They also argue that it "empowers employers to dictate when the employee can use the comp time," because it would require the employee to give "reasonable notice" when they wanted to use the time off, as they do now with vacation or "PTO."      

In a press conference held by Republican leaders in the House, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington said, "I don't think there's anything more powerful than giving them more control over their time so that they can make the best decisions for themselves and their families," 
One Minute Ideas
As a follow up to last month's article on things that mentally strong people do, the following are 10 things that mentally strong people won't do under any circumstances:

1. They don't dwell on mistakes
When you fixate on the problems that you're facing, you create and prolong negative emotions and stress, which hinders performance.
2. They don't hang around negative people
Negative people are bad news because they wallow in their problems and fail to focus on solutions. They want people to join their pity party so that they can feel better about themselves.
3. They don't stop believing in themselves
Mentally strong people persevere. They don't give up in the face of failure, and they don't give up because they're tired or uncomfortable.
4. They don't wait for an apology to forgive
Mentally tough people know that life goes a lot smoother once you let go of grudges and forgive even those who never said they were sorry.
5. They don't feel sorry for themselves
Feeling sorry for yourself is, in essence, declaring that you're a helpless victim of circumstance.
6. They don't hold grudges
The negative emotions that come with holding onto a grudge are actually a stress response. Holding onto that stress wreaks havoc on your body and can have devastating health consequences over time.
7. They won't let anyone limit their joy
When your sense of pleasure and satisfaction are derived from comparing yourself to others, you are no longer the master of your own happiness. When mentally strong people feel good about something they do, they won't let anyone's opinions or accomplishments take that away from them.
8. ...and they don't limit the joy of others
Mentally strong people don't pass judgment on others because they know that everyone has something to offer, and they don't need to take other people down a notch in order to feel good about themselves.
9. They don't get lazy
People who exercise twice a week for 10 weeks feel more socially, intellectually, and athletically competent. They also rate their body image and self esteem higher. Best of all, physical changes in the body are responsible for an uptick in confidence, which is key to mental toughness.
10. They don't get negative
Keep your eyes on the news for any length of time, and you'll see that it's just one endless cycle of war, violent attacks, fragile economies, failing companies, and environmental disasters. It's easy to think the world is headed downhill fast. And who knows? Maybe it is. But mentally strong people don't worry about that because they don't get caught up in things they can't control.

Travis Bradberry, Contributor - forbes.com
Poached Pears
4 ripe but firm pears, peeled, and cut in half
3 cups red wine  (such as pinot noir, merlot, or cabernet)
1/2 cup orange juice 
1/2 cup sugar  
1 tablespoon grated orange zest
2 whole cloves
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cinnamon stick
1/2 teaspoon grated ginger
In a deep pot, combine the wine and sugar & bring to a boil. Add the orange zest and orange juice, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.  Reduce heat and simmer the liquid for about 7-10 minutes.  Add the pears to the liquid and simmer with the pot partly covered for 20 - 30 minutes.  Turn the pears frequently to make sure the pears absorbs the color from the wine evenly on all sides.  Test to see if the pears are done by inserting a knife point. (When done they should be tender but not mushy and falling apart). Cool to room temperature, turning occasionally to ensure even color.  When the pears have cooled to room temperature, remove pears from poaching liquid and place on serving plate. Strain poaching liquid and place back in the saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and cook until the liquid is reduced by at least half.  Liquid should be slightly syrupy.  Let cool slightly, until just warm, then drizzle pears with sauce and serve warm with vanilla ice cream. 

Inspirational Quote
I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times. - Bruce Lee 
Flex-Staff Locations

Appleton                Chilton              Manitowoc
920-731-8082      920-849-9800         920-683-3000

Sheboygan            Fond du Lac
920-287-3500         920-933-3500  
    Eau Claire             Stevens Point 
715-855-8155           715-343-9000