Temp-tation                                                                  June 2013   
In this issue
National Safety Month
Temptation Trivia
Fun Facts
Meet the Staff
ACA- Minimum Essential Coverage
One Minute Ideas
June is National Safety Month
This year's theme is "Safety Starts with Me.Successful organizations engage everyone in safety, and create a culture where people feel a personal responsibility for not only their own safety, but for the safety of their coworkers, family and friends.
While leadership from the top is important, creating a culture where there is a sense of ownership of safety by all makes everyone in the organization a safety leader.


Each week in June carries a theme that brings attention to critical safety issues.


Week 1: Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls
Week 2: Employee Wellness
Week 3: Emergency Preparedness
Week 4: Ergonomics

Temptation Trivia 

In 1973 the U.S. launched a manned space station into orbit, but this was not the first manned space station. 


What was the name of America's first manned space station, and what was the name of the first manned space station ever launched?   


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


Last issue answer: Telly Savalas' 1973 TV show was "Kojak", and his signature catchphrase was "Who loves ya baby?".     

Laura Schick
Branch Manager - Eau Claire - 8 years
Tanya Vollendorf
Branch Manager -  Stevens Point - 14 years

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Fun Facts 

In 1856 Margarethe Schurz started a kindergarten in the Schurz's Watertown,  Wisconsin home for her young daughter and four of her daughter's cousins. When more children wanted to join, Mrs. Schurz opened a school in this small building. This was the first kindergarten in America.


      Celebrating 40 Years of Staffing Excellence!   

Meet the Staff!
Stevens Point Branch Manager Tanya Vollendorf (right), and her partner, Senior Staffing Specialist Andrea Turnquist (left), are shown here at a Portage County Business Expo. Tanya came from the banking and finance industry in 1999 to join Flex-Staff and oversee the opening of the Stevens point office.  Andrea joined the Stevens Point team in 2007 after working as an online admissions trainer for the Minnesota School of Business.           
Affordable Care Act - "Minimal Essential Coverage"     
Under the rules of the Affordable Care Act, employers who wish to avoid paying a penalty must provide employees with health insurance that offers "minimal essential coverage". 
Minimum essential coverage that satisfies the individual mandate includes coverage under an "eligible employer-sponsored plan," coverage under an employer-sponsored retiree health plan, coverage under certain government programs, such as Medicare, Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and TRICARE, coverage in the individual insurance market, including a plan offered by an Exchange, and other coverage recognized by HHS, including self-funded student health coverage, and coverage under Medicare Advantage


Limited-scope dental and vision coverage, coverage that consists of "excepted" benefits, and most health Flexible Spending Arrangements by themselves will not qualify. 
8 tips for Managing Difficult Employees

1. Document, document, document. As far as the courts are concerned, if it isn't written down, it's as if it didn't happen.

2. Document training and coaching. In managing difficult people, many managers assume the documentation is to build a case for termination. It is not! It's really to show everything you did to try and salvage the difficult employee.

3. Avoid the word "attitude." Avoid saying something like, "Pat, I don't like your attitude?" It's too subjective and not specific enough.

4. Provide specific examples of the behavior or quality of work you want. Put it in writing for accountability, making goals and objectives clear.

5. Be aware of how you present yourself. When managing difficult people, remember, you are their role model.

6. Be very clear and concise in spelling out the consequences of what could happen if they don't improve.

7. Get at the root cause of what is causing the employee to be difficult. For example, do they simply not like their job? Would they rather be in a different department? Are there personal issues going on with the difficult person that you need to know about?

8. Have follow up performance-related meetings with the difficult employee. For two reasons: First, it's what the courts want to see. Second, it does the employee a great disservice if they make a big turn-around and you don't acknowledge it.

Adapted from an article by Colleen Kettenhofe


Cheesy Vegetable Brunch Bake
1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 red and one green pepper, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
8 slices white bread, torn into bite-sized pieces
12 eggs
1/3 cup sour cream
3/4 pound (12oz.) Velveeta cheese, thinly sliced
Heat oven to 350.  Spray a medium skillet with cooking spray and cook vegetables on medium heat, stirring frequently, for 10 minutes, or until tender. 
Spray a 13 x 9 baking dish with cooking spray and spread bread evenly onto the bottom of the dish.  Top with vegetables.  Wisk eggs and sour cream until well blended.  Pour over vegetables. Top with cheese.   
Bake 40 minutes or until center is set and casserole is heated through. 
Makes 12 servings.  
Prep time: 30 minutes     Total cooking time: 1 hour, 10 minutes


Inspirational Quote

"I don't believe you have to be better than everybody else.  I believe you have to be better than you ever thought you could be." - Ken Venturi