Print Archive: December, 1999
- Connect through communication. Attain the skills to have open and effective communication at work and at home. Watch Open Communication: Powerful Ways to Create It, the latest on-demand webinar from our EAP (Employee Assistance Program). The webinar is available on September 20, 2022 (company code to log in: automation).
- Get in-home child, adult, and elder back-up care. Let Bright Horizons® help you care for family members when your primary care services aren’t available. In-home back-up care provides professional, comforting, and individualized care in the comfort of familiar surroundings.
- Access EAP counseling through Talkspace. Your free EAP benefit now includes the use of Talkspace to connect with a counselor virtually or through asynchronous messaging sessions. Visit Talkspace to register (company code to log in: Rockwell Automation). Talkspace is for U.S. employees and dependents only.
Identity theft happens when someone steals your personal information to commit fraud. The identity thief may use your information to buy services or merchandise, apply for credit, file taxes, or get medical services. These acts can damage your credit and cost you time, money, and emotional anguish to restore your identity. Use these tips to protect yourself.
- Don’t share personal information like your birthdate, Social Security number, or bank account number just because someone asks for it. Remember, your account representatives will not ask you to send them your username or password.
- If you leave town, place a hold on your mail until you return. You don’t want the personal information in your mail piling up in your mailbox.
- Pay attention to your billing cycles. If bills or financial statements are late, contact the sender.
- Use the security features on your mobile phone. Keep your passcode private. If possible, set up facial recognition to unlock your phone.
- Review your credit card and bank account statements. Compare receipts with account statements. Watch for unauthorized transactions.
- Shred receipts, credit offers, account statements, and expired credit cards. This can prevent thieves from getting your personal information.
- Install firewalls and virus-detection software on your home computer.
- Create complex passwords that identity thieves cannot guess. Change your passwords if a company that you do business with has a data breach. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has a handy password checklist to help.
- Review your credit reports once a year. Be certain that they don’t include accounts that you have not opened. You can order it for free from annualcreditreport.com.
- Finally, report any instances of identity theft to the FTC at identitytheft.gov, or by phone at
1 877 438 4338. The FTC will collect the details of your situation.
As a benefits-eligible employee, you have access to MetLife Legal Plans for identity theft protection. MetLife provides tools and resources to help you protect your personal information and minimize your risk of identity theft. It offers proactive and resolution services if you suspect your information has been compromised.
You can elect MetLife Legal Plans during Annual Enrollment next month. If you enroll, you also get access to a network of over 15,000 experienced attorneys who can help you with a variety of other legal matters such as wills and trusts, real estate transactions, adoption processes, traffic ticket defense, and more. Learn more about this voluntary benefit on raquickfind.com.
- Take better care of yourself. Identify the ways to implement self-care as a part of your schedule and learn the art of slowing down. Watch Self-Care: Better Care of Yourself, our EAP’s latest on-demand webinar (company code to log in: automation).
- Be ready for school. Let Bright Horizons® help prepare your family for a successful new school year. From tutoring and test prep to after school and elder caregiver access, take advantage of enhanced family supports available to you as a Rockwell Automation employee.
- Share your Calm. You can add up to four family members or friends to your Calm Premium account as dependents. Simply follow these instructions to share the mental health benefits of Calm with those you care about. Dependents must be 16 years of age or older.
As the seasons change from summer to early fall and back to school, many of us experience stress or turmoil in the transition. The good news? You always have a place to go—in person or virtual—for confidential, caring help and support.
Here are five facts about the Rockwell Automation Employee Assistance Program (EAP) you need to know:
- The EAP offers virtual counseling on a variety of platforms. If you need help with a personal or work situation, the EAP has virtual counseling on platforms such as Skype, FaceTime, Messenger, and many others. Connect with a professional counselor who can help you with a variety of issues from job stress, substance abuse, depression, relationship conflicts and more. All conversations are confidential. Just dial 855.897.4044.
- The EAP is action oriented. The specially trained and good listeners. They also offer plans of action. Depending on your situation, your counselor may suggest additional sessions to help you reach your goals. If the counselor believes that you need specialized or longer-term counseling, they may refer you to another qualified professional. The important thing is that you will work with a caring counselor on an action plan that is right for you.
- The EAP isn’t just for emotional issues. The EAP can help you work with grief, depression, anxiety, stress, and more. It’s also a great resource for affordable childcare solutions, support through the adoption process, legal guidance, relocation services, pet care, personal development and more.
- The EAP is interactive. The EAP has a variety of online resources including quizzes, videos, articles and more, to help you hone your life skills. Every month, the EAP offers a free webinar on topics such as building better relationships, self-care, caring for elders, raising teens and seasonal depression. Visit the EAP website to see this month’s topic.
- The EAP is global. Wherever you work for Rockwell Automation, the EAP is here for you. It’s available to employees globally. Visit the Workplace Options website for contact information outside of the U.S.
Lastly, the EAP is available 24/7. You’re automatically eligible at no cost to you, and you don’t have to sign up. For more information or to speak with a counselor, call 1.855.897.4044 or visit the Workplace Options website (company code: automation). You can learn all about this important benefit on raquickfind.com.
You’ve probably heard the advice to drink eight glasses of water a day. That’s a solid goal but you might need more depending on your lifestyle and personal health. And with the summer heat in full force, it’s even more important to keep your body hydrated. So, how much water is enough? Let’s find out.
How much water should you drink every day?
According to the Mayo Clinic, men need about 16 cups and women about 12 cups of fluids a day. Water is the best fluid for hydration. It’s your body’s principal chemical component and makes up more than half of your body weight. Water protects your sensitive tissues, lubricates and cushions your joints, and manages your body temperature.
While the Mayo Clinic provides a general guide, the amount you need to drink daily depends on your lifestyle, including:
- Exercise. As important as exercise is to your health, you need to replenish the water you lose from heavy breathing and sweat to reap the full benefits. Make sure you drink water before, during and after exercise to keep yourself hydrated.
- Weather. Hot and humid conditions accelerate heavy breathing and perspiration. Higher altitudes do too. In the summer, try to avoid mid-afternoon activities when the day is its hottest. If you can’t avoid that, bring lots of water and look for ways to keep yourself cool in the shade.
- Overall health. Your personal health plays an important role in your hydration. A fever, bladder infection, urinary tract stones, pregnancy or breastfeeding could require more water intake than usual. Always talk with your doctor about how much water you need to stay hydrated.
Signs of dehydration
Dehydration is a medical condition that occurs when you don’t have enough water in your body to carry out normal functions. Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired. When you’re not getting enough water, your body lets you know with these common signs:
- Dry mouth
- Dry skin
- Urinating less often
- Dark or “neon” urine
- Muscle cramping
On the flip side, if your urine is colorless or light yellow, or if you rarely feel thirsty, you’re doing a good job of keeping yourself hydrated. Keep up the good work and your body will thank you for it with optimal health.
Get a health coach
The best way to ensure you’re taking the proper steps to achieve your best health is to partner with a professional. Through the Rockwell Automation Health Management Program, you can do this while earning discounts on your 2023 medical premiums. With the AWARE one-on-on health coaching program, you’ll gain awareness and clarity on how daily habits like staying hydrated impact your long-term health. What’s more, you’ll earn a Take Action activity credit while doing so. To learn more, visit webmdhealth.com/ra.
- Do a digital detox. Learn how to take a break from your digital devices and why this is important to your mental health. Watch Unplugged: Digital Detoxing, our EAP’s latest on-demand webinar (Company Code to log in: automation).
- Get an annual exam. Before schedules fill up in the fall, schedule a Health Screening with your personal doctor this summer. You’ll gain valuable health insights, and you can count it as a Take Action activity toward your 2023 medical premiums. Make sure to download and take the WebMD Health Care Provider Form with you to your doctor.
- Save on summer tutoring.Support your child’s continued learning this summer with in-person or virtual one-on-one tutoring through Bright Horizons®. For a copay of $15, tutors can help your child learn difficult subjects or hone their test-taking skills before school starts back up for the year.
- Transparency in coverage. The Federal Transparency in Coverage Rule requires our group health plan to disclose price and cost-sharing information to participants. To comply, Rockwell Automation is posting a link to UnitedHealthcare’s website with instructions on how to access this information.
Ready for the best summer ever? Rockwell Automation benefits and programs can help you refresh and rejuvenate all summer long.
Get credit for outdoor time
Getting outside this summer can be good for your health and your wallet. Through the Health Management program, you can earn up to $500 toward your 2023 Rockwell Automation medical premiums when you log your steps and other physical activities. From casual walks to 5Ks and summer sports, enjoy the countless ways to earn incentives while enjoying your summer.
Save on concierge services
Rockwell Automation offers a variety of corporately negotiated discounts for entertainment, sports events, dining, lodging and other services. These concierge services and discounts are available to all active employees. Visit the Rockwell Automation intranet site, Epoch, to learn more.
Feel Calm and present
Improve your relaxation time with the world’s happiest app. As a benefits-eligible Rockwell Automation employee, you get a free premium membership to Calm when you register online. Find your happy place—and earn a $100 Take Action incentive for completing the Daily Calm—with thousands of meditations, sleep stories, music and more.
Protect your home while you’re away
Leave a key with a trusted neighbor. Arm your alarm. Take advantage of the special discounts on home insurance from Farmers Insurance® Choice for being a Rockwell Automation employee. Call 1.866.586.6048 and mention Rockwell Automation for a personalized quote. You’ll have a better time away knowing your home is protected.
Don’t forget your furry friend
Summer is the purfect time to catch up on pet vaccines and wellness visits. To help you cover those expenses, Rockwell Automation offers Pet Insurance through MetLife at discounted group rates. Call 1.800.438.6388 to get a quote today. Pay using after-tax payroll deductions for added convenience.
Enjoy your Company holidays
We’re celebrating two paid Company holidays this summer on Independence Day (July 4 and July 5) and Labor Day (Sept. 5). Enjoy this time along with any unused paid time off and floating vacation days. You can view all 2022 Company holidays here. Make sure to discuss vacation plans with your supervisor or manager.
No matter how you decide to spend your summer, make the most of it with family and friends—and your benefits and programs from Rockwell Automation. Happy summer!
- Connect with yourself through nature. Discover the importance of being outside and enjoying nature to increase your well-being. Watch Finding Yourself Through Nature, our EAP’s latest on-demand webinar (Company Code to log in: automation). The recording will be available on June 21.
- Use your Dependent Care FSA dollars. Did you know you can use your Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA) dollars for summer day camps? How about in- or out-of-home day care? Take advantage of eligible summertime expenses using your Dependent Care FSA.
- Save on summer responsibilities.Get a helping hand this summer. Turn to Bright Horizons® for help finding quality nannies, elder care givers, pet sitters and more. You can even get discounts on tutoring and test prep to give your child a head start in the coming school year
- Transparency in coverage. The federal Transparency in Coverage Rule requires our group health plan to disclose price and cost-sharing information to participants. To comply, Rockwell Automation is posting a link to UnitedHealthcare’s website with instructions on how to access this information starting on July 1.