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In this issue
40-Hour Work Week Unlikely
Temptation Trivia
Fun Facts
Workplace Violence
One Minute Ideas
Return to 40-Hour Work Week Seen as Unlikely
Under the ACA's employer mandate, which went into effect this year, companies are required to provide health insurance to "full-time" employees, or pay a penalty.  

Earlier this month the Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted 252-172 in favor of restoring the ACA's definition of full-time from 30 hours per week back to the traditionally accepted 40 hours per week.   

The President has promised to veto any legislation aimed at weakening this provision of the ACA, and it is believed that there would not be enough votes to override such a veto.  

Temptation Trivia 

This band, popular in the 70's and 80's for their catchy hard and soft rock songs and romantic ballads, took its name from a predecessor of the modern day pickup truck introduced in 1915 by the founder of Oldsmobile.  What is the name of the vehicle (and the band)?      


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: A Christmas Story, Miracle on 34th Street, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, It's a Wonderful Life, Scrooged.  

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Fun Facts 

In May of 1912, two farmers near Lake Delavan, WI reported finding the skeletal remains of giant humans on their farm. The dig site was overseen by Beloit College and in total, 18 skeletons ranging in height from 7 feet 6 inches to 10 feet were reported to have been unearthed.  The skulls had double rows of teeth, 12 fingers, and 12 toes.  

Similar discoveries were also reported in Maple Creek, WI in 1897, and in Petosi, WI in 1870.  


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Workplace Violence Preparedness 
Workplace violence appears to be on the rise both in America, and abroad.  According to the FBI's study of workplace violence, incidents can be grouped into
one of four categories:    

TYPE 1: Violent acts by criminals who have no other connection with the workplace, but enter to commit robbery or another crime.

TYPE 2: Violence directed at employees by customers, clients, patients, students, inmates, or any others for whom an organization provides services.

TYPE 3: Violence against coworkers, supervisors, or managers by a present or former employee.

TYPE 4: Violence committed in the workplace by someone who doesn't work there, but has a personal relationship with an employee, such as an abusive spouse or domestic partner.  


Regardless of the reason behind the violence, being prepared can help reduce the potential for harm in the event of an attack in the workplace.  The FBI suggests that the floor plan and physical layout of a workplace be reviewed and, if necessary, modified to improve employees' safety. Aspects to consider include:


* Visibility

* Alarm signals or emergency phones

* Control of access

* Arrangement of work spaces so employees cannot be trapped in a small enclosure

* Adequate and clearly marked escape routes  


A plan for emergency evacuation should be designed and practiced. The evacuation plan should include not only procedures for getting workers out of a building, office, or plant, but some method for those evacuated to assemble or report in so that it can be determined who is safe and who may still be missing. 


Evacuation plans should include provisions for workers with disabilities-for example, a way to make sure warnings are

received by employees who may be hearing-impaired and a system for safely evacuating anyone who uses a wheelchair.

One Minute ideas 
Beat Workplace Boredom

Not everyone has the luxury of having an exciting work life, but even the most boring desk job can become interesting when you know how to overcome boredom at work.


1: Make Friends - Having friends in the workplace can make work more fun.  Just initiating a conversation with your co-workers can spark interest back in your work.

2: Go For A Short Walk - Take five minutes away from your desk to walk around.  Use this time to wash your face and maybe do a couple of easy exercises to bring your energy level up. 

3: Decorate Your Desk - Have several interesting knickknacks on your desk, or at least hidden inside your drawer, to help shake you awake and give yourself a little mid-work "break."

4: Sleep Earlier - One of the most common reasons why people get bored at work is because they don't get enough sleep the night before.  

5: Eat Breakfast - Another effective way to overcome boredom at work is by having breakfast. Choose clean high-energy meals like oatmeal and eggs to help boost your interest and productivity at work.  Don't eat too much though, because overeating can make you feel sleepy. Be wary of sugary products like cereals because sugar tends to bring your energy up and down.  


Michael Lee - Selfgrowth.com  

Easy Layered Mexican Dip

1 (16 ounce) can refried beans

1 (1 1/4 ounce) package taco seasoning

1 cup salsa

1 cup guacamole

1 cup sour cream

1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1 cup shredded lettuce

1/2 cup chopped green onion (optional)

1/4 cup chopped black olives (optional)

1 tomato, diced (optional)


Spread refried beans in the bottom of a (1-quart) shallow serving dish.  Combine the Sour Cream and taco seasoning packet together.  Once blended, spread the mixture on top of the refried beans.  Spread the salsa on top of the sour cream mixture.  Spread the guacamole on top of the salsa.  Sprinkle the shredded lettuce on top of the guacamole.  This should cover the guacamole completely.  Sprinkle the cheddar cheese on top of the lettuce and add green onions, black olives, and tomatoes, if desired.  Refrigerated until chilled.  Serve with tortilla chips.   



Inspirational Quote
 "If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward." - Martin Luther King Jr.