Intro: Welcome back to Monday Coffee Blog! We’re still getting caffeinated on our third steamy brew. This week, we visited Brown Butter Creperie &amp; Cafe and enjoyed a < g class="gr_ gr_33 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Grammar multiReplace" id="33" data-gr-id="33">hot< /g> spiced latte. Apply For Jobs at Workbox Staffing

Coffee Shop: Brown Butter Creperie &amp; Cafe

Drink: Hot Spiced Latte

Our Review: If you wish you could travel to France on your lunch break Brown Butter Creperie &amp; Cafe is the place for you! This cozy cafe has set up shop in a quaint windmill here in Grand Rapids. They serve a variety of sweet or savory crepes along with a < g class="gr_ gr_51 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling multiReplace" id="51" data-gr-id="51">full service< /g> espresso bar. After we stepped inside we could swear we saw the Eiffel Tower in the distance as we ordered our hot spiced lattes, yes, that’s how French the vibes are. The < g class="gr_ gr_46 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Grammar multiReplace" id="46" data-gr-id="46">hot< /g> spiced latte is a strong brew that is perfect for your Monday morning inbox. Ten people with twenty different problems…yeah, this coffee is here for that exact situation. If you’re one of those people who < g class="gr_ gr_47 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Grammar multiReplace" id="47" data-gr-id="47">embraces< /g> the lesser known golden rule of “no talkie before coffee,” we definitely recommend this brew for you. After a few < g class="gr_ gr_48 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Punctuation only-ins replaceWithoutSep" id="48" data-gr-id="48">sips< /g> you’ll start to tolerate the fourteenth complaint this week about office temperature from Janice in accounts receivable.

Job Numbers: You can stop sitting on the edge of your seat now, as promised from last week’s blog, we took a peek at why wages have stagnated while unemployment has decreased.

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As we studied the numbers, we couldn’t help but notice the rate, or lack thereof, of rising wages. For the most part, wages have barely risen from where they were pre-2008 economic recession even though unemployment is at the lowest it has been in over a decade. Highlighting some of our markets specifically, Michigan saw a -7.2% decrease in median hourly wages which was the highest decrease in pay rates, South Carolina saw a .0% change, and Texas actually saw wages grow by 7.1%. So why have wages stagnated? The main reason is changing workplace demographics. These demographics include: many Baby Boomers retiring are being replaced by younger workers who are paid less, an increase in able-bodied adults opting out of the regular workforce, and more women entering the workforce being paid lower wages. Employers will have to find ways to balance lower wages with other benefits or incentives to attract and hire the most qualified candidates. We’ve got more insights on how pay rates impact employee retention in one of our previous blogs.