Occupational Wellness

Occupational wellness is the ability to get personal fulfillment from our jobs or our chosen career fields while still maintaining balance in our lives. Our desire to contribute in our careers to make positive impact on the organization we work in and to society as a whole.

WRS Webinars Offered in June

ETF is offering a series of 30-minute, live, interactive webinars designed to increase your understanding of Wisconsin Retirement System benefits. Individuals can also ask questions at the end of these sessions. Visit ETF’s webinar page to learn more about any of the following sessions.

Buying Service
If you are eligible to purchase service, doing so would increase your retirement or disability benefit. Find out how by viewing this webinar. We’ll cover the types of service you may be able to buy, how and when you can buy service, and much more. Eligible types of service include service earned during prior WRS covered employment and forfeited through a separation benefit and some types of service earned with other government employers.

  • Tue, Jun 4, 2019 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Mon, Jun 10, 2019 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Thu, Jun 20, 2019 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Fri, Jun 28, 2019 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Newly Retired? What to Expect
The Newly Retired webinar provides basic information for Wisconsin Retirement System members who have recently entered or are soon to enter Retirementretirement status. Topics include initial (“estimated”) retirement annuity payments, “finalized” payments and adjustments, post-retirement life and health insurance, and return to work rules under the WRS.

This is a 20-minute webinar with approximately 10 minutes available for questions and answers at the end of the webinar.

  • Mon, Jun 3, 2019 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Thu, Jun 13, 2019 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Thu, Jun 20, 2019 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Mon, Jun 24, 2019 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Preparing for Your Retirement
Who should attend? Employees who are planning to retire in the next 1 – 10 years.

Learn about your steps to retire with the WRS. Attend this event by live webinar! You will learn about the impact of contributions and investment returns on your account, when you can retire, your WRS annuity options, returning to work after you retire, what happens to your account when you die, health and life insurance and more.

Questions are welcome during and after the event!

  • Wed, Jun 5, 2019 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Tue, Jun 18, 2019 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Retirement Annuity Options
Choosing a WRS annuity option is one of the most important decisions you will face. This webinar will cover all of the WRS annuity options and help you understand them so that you can make an informed decision. We will also explain the important differences between a beneficiary and a named survivor.

  • Tue, Jun 4, 2019 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Wed, Jun 12, 2019 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Fri, Jun 21, 2019 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Thu, Jun 27, 2019 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Variable Fund
In this webinar we will discuss the Variable Fund – what it is, how it differs from the Core Fund, and the effect participation in this fund may have on your retirement benefit calculations. We will also discuss how to elect to participate in the Variable Fund, how to cancel Variable participation, and the impact the timing of these decisions may have on your Wisconsin Retirement System benefits.

  • Thu, Jun 6, 2019 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Tue, Jun 11, 2019 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Wed, Jun 19, 2019 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Mon, Jun 24, 2019 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

WRS Benefits: For New and Mid-Career Employees
This one-hour webinar is designed for WRS members who are more than five years from retirement. ETF provides accurate information about WRS benefits early in a member’s career so that they can make sound, strategic decisions over the course of their careers.

Topics covered at each presentation include vesting requirements, various ways to enhance a WRS retirement benefit, purchasing service, military service credit, the Core and Variable Trust Funds, contribution rates, the importance of a beneficiary form and how to complete one, and how “life event” changes affect retirement benefits.

  • Thu, Jun 6, 2019 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Wed, Jun 12, 2019 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Tue, Jun 18, 2019 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Wed, Jun 26, 2019 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Register for a webinar

Please contact Human Resources at (920) 465-2390 or payrollandbenefits@uwgb.edu with any questions.

Life Events and your Benefits

This article explains what qualifying life events are and the timeframe to make changes to your benefit plans if/when a qualifying life event occurs.

Will you experience a marriage, birth/adoption of a child or another qualifying life event in 2019?

A qualifying life event is a change in your personal situation. This could be a family change like a marriage, birth/adoption of a child, divorce, loss of other coverage or an employment change like a leave of absence or retirement.

Events like these may allow you to make changes to your benefit plans mid-year such as adding a dependent, enrolling in a plan you do not currently have, or cancelling coverage in a plan. If you are not sure if your event is considered a qualifying life event, review the Life Event webpage or visit ALEX, your personalized benefits counselor to help make this determination.

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Mid-year life event changes are time-sensitive and typically need to be made within 30 days from the date of the qualifying life event. It is important to complete and submit the necessary paperwork to your human resources office in a timely manner.

What if you miss the 30-day window to make changes to your benefits mid-year?

If you miss the opportunity to make changes to your benefit plans mid-year, your next opportunity to make a change will be during the Annual Benefits Enrollment period. This period is held each Fall for coverage effective January 1 of the next calendar year.

You may also have another opportunity to make changes to your benefit plans mid-year if you experience a second or subsequent life event mid–year. For example, an employee gets married in January and does not make any benefits changes, then has an August employment change. The employee would have another 30-day window to make changes due to the August employment change.

Are you able to update your beneficiaries if you experience a qualifying life event?

Yes! Updating your beneficiary information does not require a qualifying life event. You may update your beneficiaries at any time throughout the year. Some of the plans that have beneficiaries are the life insurance plans, the health savings account and the retirement plans. Review the Beneficiary webpage for additional beneficiary information.

Reminder: You typically have just 30 days from the date of the qualifying life event to make changes to your benefit plans. Complete your research now so you know what to expect once your qualifying live event occurs.

Source: UW System Human Resources

Goat Yoga held May 10th

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Employee Appreciation Week Ahead

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UW-Green Bay will be celebrating Employee Appreciation Week May 13 to 17! You are encouraged to participate in all of the fun activities that have been planned as UW-Green Bay’s way of saying “thank you” for all you do for this great University. Register to be put in the drawing for Preferred Parking (parking in any visitor or 15 minutes parking space for a day) or Talledega Trikes at UWGB Superspeedway (bracket style tricycle races). Participation is not required.

Sign up here: https://uwgreenbay.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0fDDfjzL2BcVV6l

This form also allows you to submit a compliment or shout out to a co-work to say thank you. These comments will be posted anonymously on the UWGB Human Resources Facebook page. Make sure to “like” our page prior to May 13 to see all the comments that are submitted. If you want to send a co-worker a hand written thank you note, you can use these Fill-In-The-Blank Notes for that personal touch. Please contact Julie Flenz in Human Resources (flenzj@uwgb.edu or x2235) with questions.

Wellness Webinar: Practicing Self-Compassion

Many of us instinctively beat ourselves up for failing to meet our goals, but there is an alternative. Find out how self-compassion facilitates goal pursuit by helping us regulate our emotions and maintain our belief in our ability to change.

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  • What is self-compassion
  • How it helps us meet our goals
  • Misconceptions about self-compassion

Date: Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Time: 12:00 to 12:30 p.m.

Location: Cofrin Library, 7th floor, room 710C

No need to RSVP – just mark your calendar to join us, and bring your lunch!

You could also participate in this webinar at your workstation if you prefer – please visit wellwisconsin.staywell.com and go to Webinars to register.

All webinars are recorded and available to Well Wisconsin Program participants on the StayWell wellness portal after the event date.

To access the StayWell wellness portal, you must be an employee, retiree, or spouse enrolled in the State of Wisconsin or Wisconsin Public Employers Group Health Insurance Programs.

The Bellin Run: It’s not so scary (and is a WALK as well) Lunch ‘n Learn

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Have you thought about walking or running in the Bellin Run, or maybe have participated in the past?  Please join us as Linda Maxwell, Assistant Race Director of the Bellin Run, presents “The Bellin Run:  It’s not so scary (and is a WALK as well)!”  Linda will share information about the perks of the Corporate Challenge (UW-Green Bay has been a member for years), talk about walking as a prime part of the event, and give basic event information and updates.  After Linda’s presentation, you will feel more comfortable and confident competing in this event.  Also, any employees who attend will be entered in a drawing for a Bellin Run full-zip windbreaker (size medium)!

Date: Tuesday, April 2nd

Time: 12:00 to 12:45 pm

Room: World Unity Room B (behind the Phoenix Club in the lower level of the Union – just follow the signs)

Presenter: Linda Maxwell, Assistant Race Director of the Bellin Run

RSVP: wellness@uwgb.edu

Hope to see you there!

Couch to 5K Lunch ‘n Learn held on March 6th

NatePresentingCropThank you to Nate Vandervest, UWGB Assistant Cross County Coach and UWGB alumni, as well as Jolene Sell, Chartwells Registered Dietitian and UWGB alumni, for presenting a very interesting and helpful Couch to 5K lunch ‘n learn on on March 6th!

Nate shared his running experiences, the best way to train, and helpful tips to prevent injuries and burnout.  Did you know that just 20% of your workout plan should be considered high intensity to be the most effective?  Also, don’t try to ‘catch up’ if you missed training one day – just continue with your plan.  The rest days from training are very important for your body’s recovery and improvement, and skipping your rest days can actually hinder your progress and increase the chance of injuries.

Jolene discussed healthy foods to eat pre- and post-workout, as well as the importance of when you eat!  For example, eating greek yogurt and fruit about 1-2 hours before a workout provides carbohydrates as well as protein which are important for a productive workout.  Looking to grab a quick snack 15-30 minutes before a workout?  Pick something small and easily digestible such as an energy bar.  What about working out in the morning before breakfast?  Jolene recommends eating or drinking something first, so your body has the fuel you need for the workout.  Also, don’t wait over an hour post-workout to eat something – your body needs some nourishment about 30 minutes to an hour after. Not real hungry?  Drink a healthy smoothie – beverages can provide the same benefits.

About 16 employees attended this helpful Lunch ‘n Learn, and 12 people signed up for the UWGB Employee Run/Walk Team!

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UW-Green Bay Run/Walk Team for Employees

LogoThe UW-Green Bay Run/Walk Team for employees kicked off at the Couch to 5K Lunch ‘n Learn on March 6, 2019.  Our goal is to offer opportunities for employees to train together, share helpful tips and encouragement, provide incentives and participate in runs/walks together.  We are gearing up for our first event – the Phoenix 5K on April 27th at the UWGB campus, to be followed by the Cellcom 5K on May 18th and Bellin Run 10K on June 8th.

  • First 50 employees who sign up get a “Run Like A Phoenix” running hat!*
  • Registration fee discounts* available for certain area runs/walks.
  • Idea to have group runs/walks on UWGB campus trails around 5 pm on Mondays or Tuesdays.
  • Practical tips and encouragement will be shared with group periodically as we train for upcoming events.

Interested? Please email wellness@uwgb.edu to sign up!

* Running hats and registration fee discounts paid for by a wellness grant from the Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF)

Bellin Run

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It’s time to get registered for the 43rd annual Bellin Run!  The event will be on Saturday, June 8, 2019 in Green Bay. UW-Green Bay is part of the Corporate Challenge, which gets you these perks:

  • If you register by May 1st, you will receive an early registration incentive gift with the Bellin Run logo on it
  • If you register by May 15th, your race packet (bib and race shirt) will be delivered directly to UWGB about a week before the event.

Friends and family can be registered on our team so that they receive these benefits as well.

Also, due to a wellness grant from the Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF), the first 50 UW-Green Bay employees who register will receive $10 off of their registration fees. NOTE:  This discount (promo) code is only for use by UW-Green Bay employees.  If you are registering family members or friends, please note that the $10 discount is only applicable to employee’s registration fees.  Unauthorized users will be asked to reimburse us for the registration fees.

Registration Link: https://runsignup.com/Race/Register?raceId=53110&corpTeamId=15313&corpToken=jNM1Am2JWEMARQZFI7R6XZaxrp27qcx9 

Team Password: 840

To register on our team, click on the registration link listed above.  This will take you directly to our team registration page.  You can register your entire family in this cart.

NOTE:  in the event you don’t have this link handy – to register, go to www.bellinrun.com and click on “Register Today”. At the registration page, you will click on “Corporate Team”, search for UW-Green Bay, input our password (840) and continue through the registration process. There are options for both the 10K and the Children’s Run.

How do I prepare for this event?  Check out the great training resources on the Bellin Run website!

If you have any questions, please contact wellness@uwgb.edu or (920) 465-2203.

Last year, we had 20 employees who participated in the Bellin Run as part of the UW-Green Bay team.  Get out and enjoy some fun with co-workers, family and friends by participating in friendly competition!