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                August  2018  
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Planning Ahead...
Ready or not, fall is right around the corner, and college students will be returning to school shortly.  If your company is currently employing students, now is the time to start planning for their replacements. And remember to include Flex-Staff as part of your staffing strategy.
With good employees still in short supply it's never too early to have Flex-Staff start working on your upcoming staffing needs. Even if you are caught off guard by short-notice or last-minute staffing needs, we'll still be standing by to help your company find the employees it needs to stay on schedule.
Temptation Trivia  
Below are 10 of the all-time greatest advertising slogans.  Name the product associated with each of them.    
1. Takes grease out of your way
2. The quicker picker upper
3. What's in your wallet?
4. The best a man can get
5. Melts in your mouth, not in your hand
6. The breakfast of champions
7. Just do it
8. The un-cola
9. I can't believe I ate the whole thing
10. Leave the driving to us
If you know the answers, 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: The name of the villain in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was Arthur Slugworth, and he wanted the children to steal an Everlasting Gobstopper.  
Nancy Kucksdorf
Administrative Support Specialist / Payroll
Appleton Headquarters
22 years
Rachel Galetka
Senior Staffing Specialist 
Eau Claire
15 years

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In 1634, the French discovered the Winnebago tribe on the shores of Green Bay, inhabiting the area stretching to Lake Winnebago. 

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House Passes HSA Expansion Bill   
The House of Representatives passed a pair of bills last month that would loosen regulations around health savings accounts and delay the health insurance tax for two years.
H.R. 6199 which passed 277-142, would give plans additional flexibility to cover services before a deductible is met. It would also permit spouses to contribute to an HSA and allow members to purchase over-the-counter drugs. H.R. 6311, which passed 242-176, would increase the amount beneficiaries can contribute to an HSA, and also includes provisions to add catastrophic or "copper" plans to the ACA exchanges.
H.R. 6311 also includes a two-year delay on the health insurance tax, something insurers have pushed against for some time. In an earnings call last week, UnitedHealth Group CEO David Wichmann said the insurer was advocating for a "delay or outright repeal of the insurance tax" which he claimed would drive up premiums.
Following a speech at the Heritage Foundation, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar lauded the use of HSAs as a way to involve consumers in their care. "We are very supportive of efforts to strengthen HSAs to allow more money to be put in there."  
One Minute Ideas
Cut stress/raise morale: 6 one-minute games for employees
Employee engagement and team-building don't have to be full (or half) day activities. These one-minute game ideas can be interspersed throughout the day for a welcome diversion from the stress and strain of a hectic work environment.

Pick up M&Ms with chopsticks - This is a great game to play as teams or individually. You'll need M&Ms, bowls, and chopsticks. Participants use the chopsticks to pick up and move as many M&Ms as possible from a full bowl to an empty one in one minute. The person with the most wins. And gets to eat the prize! 

One-minute typing test - This is a quick and easy way to play a game with your employees. Google "typing test" or "one minute typing test" and you'll find numerous websites that calculate typing speed. Pick one and use it for this exercise. You can set up the website on one computer and have employees take turns or you can give everyone the website (if they have access to the internet) and all employees do it at the same time. If possible, find a website that factors in mistakes and backspaces for a more of a challenge.
Blow up balloons - Just like it sounds: Teams attempt to blow up (and tie) as many balloons as possible in one minute. Make sure to have plenty of balloons on hand and get two different colors to make counting easier.
One-minute treasure hunt - Label two sets of items with team names (team 1/team 2, red team/blue team, etc.). Hide each item throughout the office. Divide into two teams (names should reflect how you labeled the items). Give each team one minute to find as many items as possible that contain their team name. The team that gets the most items wins.

Keep 3 balloons aloft for one minute - This game is a great way to get staff out of their seats and provide a short diversion during the workday. Each person attempts to keep three balloons aloft for one minute. (It's harder than it sounds...)
Pop the balloons - Divide into two teams - or get each team to nominate one member - and instruct participants to pop as many balloons as possible in one minute WHILE WEARING OVEN MITTS OR BOXING GLOVES. Contestants cannot step on, sit on, bite, poke, or use any other implement but their hands to pop the balloons.
One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese 
1 teaspoon olive oil or cooking oil
1 pound lean ground beef
1/2 medium-sized onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 whole bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika (optional)
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 can (14 1/2 ounces) fire roasted tomatoes with juice
1 32-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
4 cups beef broth
1 cup half and half or milk
16 ounces elbow macaroni, uncooked
3 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
INSTRUCTIONS: In a large pot or deep skillet with a lid add olive oil and ground beef. Cook over medium-high heat until beef is no longer pink. Stir in onion, garlic, bell pepper, tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, granulated garlic, smoked paprika, oregano, and sea salt, until onion starts to soften, and garlic becomes fragrant. Add fire roasted tomatoes with juice, canned black beans, beef broth, half and half or milk, and elbow macaroni. Stir until well combined. Bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low, and cover. Cook for 14 minutes. Turn off heat, and stir in cheddar cheese until cheese is melted.  


Inspirational Quote
 For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness. - Ralph Waldo Emerson