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                                                                              April  2019 
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Summer Hiring     
Bringing in students to cover the busy summer season means recruiting, screening, hiring, completing paperwork, producing pay checks and W2s, and possibly dealing with unemployment and worker's compensation claims. All of these things can be time consuming and potentially costly, especially for short-term positions.  
Play it cool this summer and call Flex-Staff for all of your summer staffing needs.
Payroll Service
Does your company already have its summer help lined up? With Flex-Staff's Payroll Service Plus (PSP) program, we can assume the employer/employee relationship and handle all of the responsibilities of being the employer of record including I9, E-Verification, pay checks, W2s, payroll taxes, worker's comp, and unemployment comp, all at a reduced fee. 

PSP is a great way to utilize the children (18 years and older) of your employees for the summer, to try out employees you've selected before making a hiring decision, or to bring back former or retired employees for special projects.  

Call your local branch today to learn more about how Flex-Staff's PSP program can help your company.    
Marijuana Use on the Rise
According to an analysis of 10,000,000 samples by Quest Diagnostics, marijuana use among workers has reached a 14-year high. The number of employees and job applicants testing positive rose 10% in 2018 to 2.3%. 

Marijuana use has been rising steadily as states continue to pass laws legalizing medical and recreational marijuana.
Congratulations to Nicole Brost in Flex-Staff's Sheboygan office for passing her advancement exam for promotion from Associate Staffing Specialist to Staffing Specialist.  

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Fun Facts  
"Inappropriate Snowman Displays" was the heading of a social media post for a Facebook group in the Milwaukee area this past winter.
The writer went on to say, "It seems as though there is a tradition of people in the neighborhood building snowmen engaging in in appropriate behavior. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED - The second I see two or more snowmen displayed in an inappropriate manner, I will enter your yard and destroy it with little concern for your need to replow or shovel.
Snowmen, while not possessing the emotional intelligence to feel embarrassment, deserve better treatment. If needed, I will put up signage to discourage this behavior. This is Milwaukee, not Cudahy."   


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Cyber Co-workers, or Robotic Replacements?  
This year, Walmart plans to begin using 1,500 additional autonomous floor cleaners. Walmart's Auto-C autonomous floor cleaner, currently operating in over 200 stores, uses 
autonomous technology to clean and polish floors-a task that would typically take two hours for associates to complete each day. As a result, the associate responsible for riding the scrub machine now has more time to do "more detailed cleaning," according to John Crecelius, Senior Vice President of Walmart's U.S. central operations.   
In the receiving area of the store, the FAST Unloader, currently active in over 300 locations, automatically scans and sorts product from trucks based on inventory needs and departments. An additional 1,200 FAST Unloaders will be added to Walmart's robot headcount in 2019, along with 900 more pickup towers that will retrieve customers' online orders. Currently, 50 stores have the Auto-S shelf scanner, which automatically goes up and down aisles, scanning shelves for out-of-stock items, misplaced merchandise, and wrong or missing labels. They also provide a blueprint for associates to address different issues faster and more effectively.
Crecelius stated that the robots are meant to work alongside their human counterparts. "They are assistants to help you be more effective in taking care of what the customer needs to give you time to serve and sell," he said.
Overall, the automated personnel are handling "very mundane and repetitive" tasks where turnover is high, Crecelius explained.  The company insists that the increased use of robots will not lead to job losses.      
Wacky Interview Questions (with a purpose)
What do you think about garden gnomes? You've probably never pondered the question, and that's just what Trader Joe's grocery store chain is counting on. Below are a few odd interview questions that some major employers use to see how well applicants can think on their feet.
"Just entertain me for five minutes, I'm not going to talk." - Acosta
"If Germans were the tallest people in the world, how would you prove it?" - Hewlett-Packard
"How would you cure world hunger?" - Amazon
"Room, desk, and car - which do you clean first?" - Pinkberry
"Name five uses for a stapler without staples." - EvaluServe
"How would you get an elephant into a refrigerator?" - Horizon Group Properties
"How many different ways can you get water from a lake at the foot of a mountain, up to the top of the mountain?" - Disney Parks & Resorts
"What is 37 times 37?" - Jane Street Capital
"If you could be a superhero, what power would you possess?" - Rain and Hail Insurance
"How do you feel about those jokers in Congress?" - Consolidated Electrical
Fluffy Japanese Pancakes
Pancake batter base
3 egg yolks
3 teaspoons granulated sugar
6 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
9 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
A pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
6 egg whites
3 heaping tablespoons sugar
To make the pancake batter base, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar until pale. Add oil and milk in 3 parts, and whisk well each time. Sift together the flour and baking powder directly into the bowl with the sugar, milk, and oil, and whisk well. You want to make sure that the batter is sticky. Add a pinch of salt and the vanilla, and whisk well. Set aside while making the meringue.
To make the meringue, in a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites using a hand mixer on low. When the egg whites become foamy, add half of the granulated sugar. Keep mixing until the sugar dissolves and mixture is shiny. Add the rest of the sugar. When all the sugar dissolves and meringue looks shiny, turn the mixer to high, and mix until stiff peaks form. This may take several minutes.
Combine the pancake batter base and meringue in the following manner. Add 1/3 of the meringue to the batter. Using a wire whisk, gently combine without deflating the mering ue until about 80% of the meringue is mixed in. Do not mix completely at this point or you will over-do the batter. Add the next 1/3 of the meringue, and combine as before. Add the rest of the meringue, and combine as before until it is mixed 80 to 90% of the way. Switch to a spatula, and mix using a folding motion to make sure it is completely combined.

Preheat an electric griddle to 285 degrees. Grease the surface lightly with cooking spray. Use a large spoon to ladle the batter onto the griddle. If your griddle has a cover, cover the pancakes. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until golden brown on the bottom. Carefully flip pancakes over. If they are sticking to the pan, cook for an additional minute or two. After flipping the pancakes, cook for an additional 3 minutes, or until golden brown on both sides.
Enjoy with butter or honey butter, and syrup.  

Inspirational Quote
A bar of iron costs $5, made into horseshoes its worth is $12, made into needles its worth is $3500, made into balance springs for watches, its worth is $300,000.  Your own value is determined by what you are able to make of yourself. - Unknown