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.

Spinal Health Lunch ‘n Learn

Back-painA representative from DeLorey Chiropractic will present this Lunch ‘n Learn about our spinal health and how to improve overall mobility.  They presented this Lunch ‘n Learn in June 2019 and the attendees commented how helpful the presentation was.

Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Time: 12:00 to 12:45 pm

Location: Alumni Room, University Union

Please click here to  RSVP by Monday, November 18th.

DeLorey Chiropractic will also provide free chair massages for those in attendance!

Questions?  Please contact wellness@uwgb.edu or (920) 465-2203.  Hope to see you there!

WRS Webinars Offered in November and December

ETF (Department of Employee Trust Funds) 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 their webinar page to learn more about any of the following sessions.

5 Basic Steps to Your Retirement
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/6177398674628200193

Consider this webinar your quick reference guide to starting the retirement process within the next 12 months. We’ll review: choosing a termination date, how to request a retirement estimate – and how to read and understand it. We’ll also cover how to schedule a retirement appointment and – drum roll here — how to submit the retirement application.

  • Fri, Nov 1, 2019 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Thu, Nov 7, 2019 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Wed, Nov 13, 2019 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Mon, Nov 18, 2019 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.


Additional Contributions

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/7275365489430033666

Find out how making additional contributions to your WRS account can potentially increase your retirement. This webinar also provides examples of how contributions grow over time with interest, how to pay additional contributions (payroll deduction or direct pay), etc.

  • Mon, Dec 2, 2019 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Thu, Dec 12, 2019 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Tue, Dec 17, 2019 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Choosing When to Retire

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/2991479070862002947

This webinar will focus primarily on choosing your optimal termination and WRS benefit effective dates. The focus will include not only the “December versus January” decision, but also how retirement timing at any point during the year can affect your retirement annuity amount and other employee retirement benefits as well.

  • Fri, Nov 1, 2019 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Thu, Nov 14, 2019 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Thu, Nov 21, 2019 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Tue, Nov 26, 2019 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Thu, Dec 5, 2019 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Tue, Dec 10, 2019 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Tue, Dec 17, 2019 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

 

How to Use ETF’s Online Retirement Calculator
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/4105621899758973185

ETF’s online retirement calculator, one of the most-used tools on our website, allows you to calculate an unofficial projection of your WRS retirement benefit at any point in the future. This webinar will cover where to find and how to use the calculator, specific information required for data entry (e.g., desired retirement date, spouse or partner’s birthdate, etc.) and how to interpret the results. There will be time at the end of the webinar to ask specific questions on this topic.

  • Wed, Nov 6, 2019 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Thu, Nov 14, 2019 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Wed, Nov 20, 2019 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Thu, Nov 21, 2019 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

 

Preparing for Your Retirement
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/7855498608381434113

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, Nov 13, 2019 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

 

Retirement Annuity Options
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/5945279676239897346

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.

  • Wed, Dec 4, 2019 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Tue, Dec 10, 2019 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Thu, Dec 19, 2019 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

 

Variable Fund
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/2212152925566071297

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, Nov 7, 2019 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Tue, Nov 12, 2019 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Wed, Nov 20, 2019 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Mon, Nov 25, 2019 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Register for a webinar

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

WRS Webinars Offered in October and November

ETF (Department of Employee Trust Funds) 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 their webinar page to learn more about any of the following sessions.

5 Basic Steps to Your Retirement
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/6177398674628200193

Consider this webinar your quick reference guide to starting the retirement process within the next 12 months. We’ll review: choosing a termination date, how to request a retirement estimate – and how to read and understand it. We’ll also cover how to schedule a retirement appointment and – drum roll here — how to submit the retirement application.

  • Fri, Nov 1, 2019 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Thu, Nov 7, 2019 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Wed, Nov 13, 2019 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Mon, Nov 18, 2019 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Choosing When to Retire
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/2991479070862002947

This webinar will focus primarily on choosing your optimal termination and WRS benefit effective dates. The focus will include not only the “December versus January” decision, but also how retirement timing at any point during the year can affect your retirement annuity amount and other employee retirement benefits as well.

  • Thu, Oct 17, 2019 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Fri, Nov 1, 2019 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Thu, Nov 14, 2019 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Thu, Nov 21, 2019 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Tue, Nov 26, 2019 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

How to Use ETF’s Online Retirement Calculator
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/4105621899758973185

ETF’s online retirement calculator, one of the most-used tools on our website, allows you to calculate an unofficial projection of your WRS retirement benefit at any point in the future. This webinar will cover where to find and how to use the calculator, specific information required for data entry (e.g., desired retirement date, spouse or partner’s birthdate, etc.) and how to interpret the results. There will be time at the end of the webinar to ask specific questions on this topic.

  • Wed, Nov 6, 2019 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Thu, Nov 14, 2019 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Wed, Nov 20, 2019 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Thu, Nov 21, 2019 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Preparing for Your Retirement
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/7855498608381434113

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!

  • Thu, Oct 24, 2019 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Tue, Oct 29, 2019 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Wed, Nov 13, 2019 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Variable Fund
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/2212152925566071297

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, Nov 7, 2019 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Tue, Nov 12, 2019 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Wed, Nov 20, 2019 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Mon, Nov 25, 2019 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Register for a webinar

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

ETF Retirement Presentations in November in our Region

ATTENTION: Any employee considering retirement within the next 12 months or any employee within 1 year of minimum retirement age (age 50 for protective category employees or age 55 for all other categories):

The Department of Employee Trust Funds will be in Manitowoc, at Lakeshore Technical College on November 4th and 5th, 2019 and Green Bay, at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College on November 19th and 20th, 2019 to provide an overview of the retirement process and answer questions regarding your WRS retirement. Topics covered include, but are not limited to:  calculating your retirement pension, explanation of monthly annuity payment options, filling out retirement applications and beneficiary forms, future annuity adjustments, life insurance, health insurance, returning to work, etc.

ETF has tailored group appointment retirement sessions for members planning (or considering) retirement in the near future.  These sessions are similar to an individual appointment in Madison, with the same information presented, as well as the opportunity for WRS members to ask questions of knowledgeable, experienced ETF staff.

ENROLLMENT IS LIMITED.  These sessions tend to fill up quickly. If you wish to schedule an appointment for one of these sessions, please contact ETF at the number below as soon as possible. Registration for the Manitowoc sessions will close on Monday, October 21st. Registration for the Green Bay sessions will close on Tuesday, November 5th.

You must already have a retirement estimate to schedule an appointment to attend this session.  If you do not currently have a retirement estimate, you may order one when you schedule your appointment.  Other dates throughout the year and other locations throughout the state are available, if these dates are not convenient for you.

Ordering an estimate or scheduling an appointment does not require you to retire.  This can be for informational purposes only if that is all you need.

CALL 1-877-533-5020 TOLL-FREE TO SCHEDULE.

TIAA “Save Smart, Start Early” Free Workshop on October 14th

TIAA

The financial knowledge to help plan for whatever life brings

TIAA has experience helping people save and invest since 1918. We’re proud to share that knowledge with you in the form of fun, interactive and informative workshops. Here is a workshop that is coming soon to UW-Green Bay. You’re welcome to invite a colleague who may also want to attend!

Enrollment presentation:  Save smart, start early

Join us on Monday, October 14, 2019, from 3 – 4 p.m. at The 1965 Room in the University Union for a presentation designed to help you understand your UW Tax-Sheltered Annuity 403(b) Program options. It’s a lot easier to spend than save. But getting into a saving mindset now could make a big difference later. Start with a plan that works for you and follow it. It might be easier than you think.

The University of Wisconsin offers a comprehensive UW Tax-Sheltered Annuity 403(b) Program to meet the diverse needs of our community. Understanding your retirement savings options can help you make the most of them.

This presentation can help you understand:

  • Why you should enroll
  • How much you should save
  • What the basics of investing are

No matter where you are in life, you can plan and start saving for the retirement you want.

Come and learn how to create a plan that can help you reach your goals—on your time line.

Mark your calendar to attend!  Please contact payrollandbenefits@uwgb.edu or (920) 465-2390 if you have any questions.

Fall Group Fitness Schedule

group fitnessTake advantage of the free group fitness classes available at the Kress Events Center in the newly upgraded studio! More info: Group Fitness Schedule

UW-Green Bay employees (50% FTE or higher) can use the Kress Events Center for free 6am-2pm on weekdays and open-close on weekends.

Prefer to work out or take classes after work? Sign up for an unlimited membership for $100/year or $60/semester. More info: Faculty/Staff Membership Program

UREC also offers personal training and personalized exercise programs for employees. More info: Personal Training Packages and Pricing

Contact Fitness Coordinator, Alex Reichenberger, with questions! reichena@uwgb.edu or (920) 465-2836

9/11 Memorial Stair Climb

Thanks to all who helped and participated in the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb on Wednesday, September 11th.  Over 50 people walked the stairs from the 2nd to 8th floor of the Cofrin Library, including members of the military, area protective services members, students and employees.  One group walked up and down the flight of stairs 18 times (8,465 steps on their fitness tracker)!  Thank you to University Police, Vets 4 Vets, and ROTC for attending and for your help, as well as Elaina Koltz for providing the flag pins for walkers, and the Department of Employee Trust Funds for the refreshments!

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Try These Tips for Relieving Work-Related Stress

Stressed out at work? Try these tactics today to get some relief:

  • Resist the urge to say “yes” to everybody. Protect your schedule so you have enough time to get things done.workstress
  • Still overwhelmed? Try focusing on just one task at a time. Ask your boss to help you prioritize what needs to be done. When you can, delegate items to others.
  • Confused about your boss’s expectations? Ask for a written job description that lays out your duties.
  • Take a few deep breaths when you get harried. Shrug your shoulders few times to ease the tension.
  • Colleague getting under your collar? Before letting your anger takeover, try counting to 10—then open your mouth.
  • When you get home, take at least 15 minutes of time for yourself.Use those precious minutes to exercise, play with a pet, or meditate.
  • Discuss your feelings with your family and friends. Your doctor can also recommend some ways to beat stress.

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