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June EFAP News: Improving Workplace Communication

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WORKPLACE COMMUNICATION & COLLABORATION

JUNE 2015

WHAT CAN I SAY?

With its multi-cultural, multi-generational workforce and increasing reliance on virtual teams, the modern workplace requires effective communication and collaboration more than ever. Effective workplace collaboration is based on interpersonal, professional relationships that are developed through attention to common courtesy, active listening, and situation appropriate verbal and non-verbal communication.

Let LifeScope help by providing you with the tools and resources you need to be a good communicator and collaborator:

  • Articles and tip sheets on communication styles, business etiquette, and team building
  • Audio on listening skills
  • Online training for telephone skills and customer service

24/7 access to confidential counseling and coaching support for workplace issues

FREE WEBINAR: COMMUNICATION SKILLS FOR COLLABORATION
Join this webinar to learn about different communication styles, reasons communication sometimes fails, and strategies to create a respectful and cohesive workplace. To register, log on to www.LifeScopeEAP.com with your institution username and password. In the middle of the homepage, click on ‘Online Seminars‘ then “Communication Skills for Collaboration” to sign up. If you are unable to attend, look for the archived webinar under Online Seminars, approximately 7-10 days after the live presentation.

COMMUNICATING FOR BETTER RESULTS

June Tips for Taking Action

You may also be interested in viewing the following tip sheets, which can be found by logging on to www.LifeScopeEAP.com with your institution username and password, and clicking on the ‘Monthly Communications’ button on the top left corner of the homepage.

“Effective Communication: Basic Skills”- For communication to be effective, it is not enough to merely deliver a message. The message must be received/personalized/understood for the communication to be successful. This article explains the steps involved in the send-receive model of communication, with an emphasis on the importance of active listening.

“Bridging Generation Gaps”- With four generations working alongside one another in the workplace, it is not uncommon to experience generational clashes of attitudes, ethics, values and behaviors. This article offers suggestions for how to work effectively in today’s workplace by respecting differences, looking for commonalities, and leveraging the strengths and ideals of each generation.

The June Calendar, Poster/Webinar Promo, and Spanish Language Poster can also be accessed on the member website by clicking on the ‘Monthly Communications’ button on the top left corner of the homepage.

24/7 Toll-free line: 800-828-6025

Website: www.LifeScopeEAP.com

Username: Middlebury College

Password: guest

February EFAP News: Financial Fitness

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HOW TO LIVE LEAN

Learning techniques to manage your money, reduce debt, and save for the future can improve your financial situation and your overall health!

LifeScope offers tools and resources to help you get financially fit:

  • Free telephonic consultation with financial counselors
  • Financial calculators for personal finance, home finance, retirement, investments, and more
  • Library of financial articles and tip sheets
  • Financial forms and tools available for download
  • Resource links to financial  information you need

FREE WEBINAR – FINANCIAL FITNESS:
LIVING WITHIN A REALISTIC BUDGET

Tuesday, February 17th
12pm ET/9am PT & 2pm ET/11am PT

Financial fitness is like physical fitness; to be successful you need to commit to regular changes in your life and focus on attainable goals. Join this webinar to learn practical and realistic tips for living within a budget. To register, log on to www.LifeScopeEAP.com with your institution username and password. In the middle of the homepage, click on ‘Online Seminars’ then “Financial Fitness: Living within a Realistic Budget” to sign up. If you are unable to attend, look for the archived webinar under Online Seminars, approximately 7-10 days after the live presentation.

IMPROVE YOUR FINANCIAL IQ

February Tips for Taking Action
You may also be interested in viewing the following articles, which can be found by logging on to www.LifeScopeEAP.com with your institution username and password, and clicking on the ‘Monthly Communications’ button on the top left corner of the homepage.

“Choosing a Credit Counselor”- If you’re living paycheck to paycheck, are worried about debt collectors or can’t seem to develop a workable budget, you might consider the services of a credit counselor. This article offers guidelines for identifying a reputable credit counseling organization, and a checklist of questions to ask a potential agency or counselor.

“Learn to Pay Less for Loans”- Did you know that your credit score can affect your ability to quality for a low-cost loan, rent an apartment or find a job? Many consumers have errors on their credit reports, but don’t realize how this affects them. This article offers guidance on how to improve your credit history and pay less for loans.

The February Calendar, Poster/Webinar Flyer, and Spanish Poster can also be accessed on the member website by clicking on the ‘Monthly Communications’ button on the top left corner of the homepage.

LifeScope is a free, confidential program available to you, your family and household members, to help you balance work, family and personal life.

24/7 Toll-free line: 800-828-6025

Website: www.LifeScopeEAP.com

Username: Middlebury College

Password: guest

Free Federal Tax Filing Support from our Employee Family Assistance Program

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Prepare, Print, and E-File Your Federal Tax Return For Free-

TAXACT MAKES TAX PREPARATION LESS TAXING!

For the 2014 tax preparation season, your LifeScope website offers you and your family TaxACT – an online tool for easy tax preparation and filing. Secure and reputable, TaxACT offers a variety of support and filing options including the option to prepare, print, and e-file your federal tax return for free.

By filing with TaxACT, the accuracy of your returns is 100 percent guaranteed. If you are assessed a penalty due to a TaxACT calculation error, TaxACT will reimburse you the penalty and interest associated with that calculation error.

To take advantage of this beneficial resource, log on to www.LifeScopeEAP.com and select TaxACT under “Centers” on the right-hand side of the screen.

 Free, confidential support is always available for tax issues, or any other issue that matters to you and your family.

TOLL-FREE: 800-828-6025

WEBSITE: www.LifeScopeEAP.com

USERNAME: Middlebury College

PASSWORD: guest

Click here to view and download a PDF of this flyer; a copy can also be accessed under the Monthly Communications tab on the member website.

 

Important Benefits Information

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Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP)

For many years our EFAP benefit has been administered by The Wellness Corporation.  Recently, The Wellness Corporation was purchased by E4 Health, a leading provider, under the brand name Lifescope, of holistic life services and wellness solutions for organizations nationwide. The merger of The Wellness Corporation and E4 Health – two experienced and professional organizations – will mean expanded service offerings for our faculty and staff plus continuation of the high quality services and capabilities that we have been accustomed to through our long-standing relationship with The Wellness Corp.  Please take a moment to review the two brief documents attached, which give an overview of our new Lifescope resources as well as updated phone and web contact information.  Please note  -  if you are currently accessing EFAP counseling or other benefits arranged through The Wellness Corporation you will not need to do anything different to continue to see your current provider; this change will be seamless to you.

http://www.middlebury.edu/offices/business/hr/staffandfaculty/benefits/EFAP

Summary Plan Description (SPD)

SPDs are designed as brief, handy, easily understandable explanations of important benefit plan provisions.  Below please find a link to the 2014 version of the Middlebury College Health & Welfare Benefits Plan SPD which provides current information on our: medical, dental, vision, life, voluntary life, short-term disability, long-term disability, flexible spending accounts, and employee and family assistance program benefits.  All employees are eligible for the employee and family assistance program (EFAP); those employees classified as “benefits-eligible” are eligible for the full range of health and welfare benefit offerings.  You can also find this SPD by visiting the Benefits page on the Human Resources website.  If you would prefer to receive a paper copy of the 2014 SPD, please let me know, or stop by the Human Resources Office, and a paper copy will be provided to you.

http://www.middlebury.edu/media/view/470998/original/active_spd.pdf

Please do not hesitate to contact the benefits team with questions about the change to our EFAP provider or the 2014 Health & Welfare SPD.

December EFAP News

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In this month’s EFAP newsletter you can learn about:Wellness Corp Logo

  • The Power of Forgiveness
  • Help with Handling Holiday Stress
  • Holiday Safety Tips
  • Winter Health Tips

as well as attend a work/life webinar about The Sandwich Generation. To access the December newsletter please visit: http://go.middlebury.edu/efap-December.

Did you know that you can also sign up to receive the EFAP newsletter via your email address? To do so, click here.

Featured Article: The Power of Forgiveness

December Work/Life Webinar:  Long Distance Care Giving
Most employees today will face having to take care of an elderly relative while they are still working and taking care of their own families. This is known as the “Sandwich Generation.” In December’s webinar, we will discuss how to collect information, communicate with compassion, be proactive and respectful and how to cope with the issues that this generation faces every day.

Christine Walchuck began her career in the field of Career Planning and Placement; providing career counseling, developing and presenting group workshops, and managing student internships. She received a BS in Psychology and an MS in Education from Fordham University and is a certified DDI instructor in Targeted Selection and Interaction Management. Chris has worked with the Myers Briggs Type Indicator and is a qualified instructor of the MBTI.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
12:00 – 1:00 PM EST. Please see the newsletter link above to find out how to register.

October EFAP News

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In this month’s EFAP newsletter you can learn about:Wellness Corp Logo

  • Dollars and Sense of Retirement: Living Below Your Means
  • Resources That Can Help You Make a Difference
  • Have a Hazard Free Halloween
  • Healthy Aging: Myth vs. Fact

as well as attend a work/life webinar about the Long Distance Care Giving, and find great recipes for Savory Baked Apples and Pumpkin Pie Pudding. To access the October newsletter please visit: http://go.middlebury.edu/efap-october.

Did you know that you can also sign up to receive the EFAP newsletter via your email address? To do so, click here.

Featured Article: Dollars and Sense of Retirement: Living Below Your Means

October Work/Life Webinar:  Long Distance Care Giving

Do you have the responsibility of caring for your parents but you live in different regions? Join us as we learn how to best care for seniors who live far away and what new technology can assist you in caregiving. 

Teresa Pielage received her degree in Social Work from the University of Cincinnati.  She serves BrownRichards as an Eldercare Specialist with 25 years of experience working with seniors and their families.

Thursday, October 10, 2013. 12:00 – 1:00 PM EST. Please see the newsletter link above to find out how to register.

September EFAP News

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In this month’s EFAP newsletter you can learn about:Wellness Corp Logo

  • Why You Should Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
  • Preparedness Resources
  • Packing Healthy School Lunches

as well as attend a work/life webinar about the Brilliance of Resilience to Transform Stress: for Adults, and find great recipes for Roasted Chicken Thighs with Mustard-Thyme Sauce and Monkey Bars. To access the September newsletter please visit: http://go.middlebury.edu/efap-september.

Did you know that you can also sign up to receive the EFAP newsletter via your email address? To do so, click here.

Featured Article: Why You Should Eat More Fruits and Vegetables

September Work/Life Webinar:  Brilliance of Resilience to Transform Stress: for Adults

Constant Hine will explain how to foster brilliant inner qualities and grow habits of resilience in adults so they are more able to handle challenging and stressful situations with ease and success. She will present 5 principles for transforming stress to increase professional success, foster positive family dynamics and personal wellbeing. Constant will also share practical and down-to-earth strategies to shift our focus from intervention to prevention by making intentional compounded choices in four areas to gain control in our personal and professional lives.

Constant Hine is a nationally recognized dynamic, motivational and inspirational educator, speaker, coach, trainer, consultant and author.  She has an MA in Teaching/ECE from Nova University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. She has over 20 years’ experience in the field of education. She has owned her own educational consulting company Horizons In Learning since 1988 and currently lives in Denver, CO. 

Thursday, September 12, 2013. 12:00 – 1:00 PM EST. Please see the newsletter link above to find out how to register.