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Destination bWell Winners Announced Next Month

Destination bWell ended August 31, bringing this wellness year to an exciting close. Who will reach the Luxury Resort level and qualify for the drawing to win one of the 10, big prizes? Stay tuned for next month’s Benefits eNews when we announce the winners and prizes. Good luck! 

In the meantime, congratulations to the 37 travelers who reached the Luxury Resort level with 8,000 points as of August 31.

New bWell Phase Launches October 1

Well-being is something sought by just about everyone because it includes so many positive things – feeling happy, healthy, socially connected, and purposeful. Starting October 1, BMC will launch the next phase of bWell with simple tools to help you build your well-being — one piece at a time — and earn rewards while you do it.

Benefits Preview

While we wait for fall and the return of cooler weather, the BMC Benefits team is turning up the heat preparing for big events. Mark your calendar for the launch of the next phase of the wellness program, financial well-being workshops, and the annual benefits enrollment period.

Wellness: We’ll launch another new phase of bWell, BMC’s wellness program, on October 1, 2019. Hint: The new phase will include many of the physical challenges you’ve come to know and many exciting, new non-physical challenges.  Visit mybmcwellness.com starting October 1 to see what’s new and sign up for the new challenges.

Onsite Health Screenings: Your health is important, so you’ll want to mark your calendar and participate in free, confidential on-site biometric health screenings at BMC campuses (Houston, Austin, and Santa Clara) in October. Testing is quick and virtually painless, and you receive results within minutes. The screenings will measure total cholesterol, triglycerides, and fasting glucose (blood sugar); blood pressure, and body measurements – height, weight, and waist circumference.

When you put the measurements together, you’ll receive a surprisingly accurate picture of your risk for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. These illnesses and health conditions are preventable with early detection, which is why knowing these numbers is so important. Watch your email in October for dates and times. 

Retirement: Fidelity experts return to BMC in late fall with the next FEDTalks workshop.  FEDTalks are a series of quarterly financial well-being workshops BMC hosts featuring Fidelity experts. Whatever your age or financial goals and challenges, these workshops are designed to help you get to your financially healthy place by better managing your finances, making smart financial decisions, and saving for retirement.

Benefits Enrollment:  The U.S. Annual Benefits Enrollment will run from November 4 to November 15. Annual Benefits Enrollment is your once-a-year opportunity to review your benefits and make any changes you need.

Watch your email and future issues of Benefits eNews for details. 

Tuition Reimbursement Reminders

Whether you’re looking to move into a management position or make a career move, going back to school is a great way to make that happen. The only thing that may be stopping you is the expense of pursuing that advanced degree. With prior manager approval, the BMC Tuition Reimbursement Program may reimburse you for certain tuition expenses for undergraduate and graduate-level college courses up to the annual $5,500 cap.

If you are taking a college course this fall and plan to submit your eligible expenses for reimbursement, you’ll need to fill out some paperwork first. Before you register for college classes, you must complete the pre-approval process on the Your Spending Account (YSA) website. Visit My BMC Compensation & Benefits and select the Your Spending Account tile. Your manager or director must also sign a pre-approval form that you submit to YSA. For more information, watch our BMC graduate share timeless wisdom about how BMC helps you learn while you earn, or call YSA at 1-877-BMC-4849, Option 2—Your Spending Account.

Strategies to Defeat Workplace Stress

Stress is everywhere in modern life, but when it accumulates for an extended period, it can lead to burnout. While day-to-day stress affects everyone, someone suffering from true burnout usually has lost the hope, caring, and motivation needed to be well again. However, there are ways to ward off burnout.

Join Magellan’s live interactive webinar on Wednesday, September 11, ‘From Stress to Success: Strategies to Defeat Workplace Stress.’  Learning objectives include:

  • Learn why managing workplace stressors is important
  • Identify types, sources, and signs of stress
  • Implement workplace stressbusting tips and how your Employee Assistance Program can help

Space is limited, so register now.

Source: magellanascend.com

Beating Burnout

If constant stress has you feeling helpless, disillusioned, and completely exhausted, you may be on the road to burnout. When you’re burned out, problems seem insurmountable, everything looks bleak, and it’s difficult to muster up the energy to care, let alone take action to help yourself. Ways to ward off burnout include:

  • Spot the signs of burnout: feeling drained; having frequent headaches or muscle pain; detaching from others; feeling hopeless, cynical, negative and irritable; and withdrawing from activities.
  • List specific areas in your work and personal life that regularly cause excess strain. Devise at least one way to modify each situation to reduce its stressfulness.
  • Build boundaries. Let others know that you’re feeling depleted and can’t begin new tasks. Take some time off.
  • Vent to someone who can empathize with your situation.

How R&R Can Help

  • Prioritize getting enough rest! The National Sleep Foundation continues to recommend that adults get between seven and nine hours of sleep nightly.
  • Adequate sleep helps regenerate cells damaged by stress and fatigue.
  • Activate your body’s relaxation response via restful practices such as meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, yoga, or deep breathing.
  • At least two or three times per week, turn off the phone, spend some time alone, walk outdoors, or listen to your favorite music.

Mind Your Mental Health

Unfortunately, suicide rates in the U.S. over the past decade have risen across the lines of age, gender, race, and ethnicity. People from all walks of life can suffer from suicidal thoughts; your awareness of suicide risks can save lives.

  • In this tip sheet, review the many misconceptions people have about who could potentially attempt suicide, and get facts that will increase your understanding.
  • There are many observable factors in people’s situations and behaviors that suggest suicide risk. Check out the warning signs of suicide in adults.
  • If you have had serious depression and thoughts of suicide, filling out this brief confidential checklist can help you decide whether to consider reaching out for professional assistance.

Working on Wellness

Health boosters such as exercise and eating a balanced diet can help you stay strong and beat burnout.

  • While being active may not seem attractive when you’re feeling burned out, doing some rhythmic exercise provides great mind/body rejuvenation. Try walking, bike riding, swimming, martial arts, or even dancing.
  • Pack healthy lunches and snacks for your workdays. Avoid the sugared and high-carbohydrate foods in vending machines.

How to Reduce Your Debt

Getting out of debt is possible when you know what you owe and what you can do to repay it. If you’re ready to begin paying down your debt, start with these three steps.

Source: consumerfinance.gov

6 Tips to Manage Volatile Markets

Triggers ranging from policy uncertainty in Washington to earnings reports, to geopolitical unrest can spark market volatility. Dramatic moves in the stock market may cause you to question your strategy and worry about your money.  

Rather than worrying about volatility, be prepared. A well-defined investing plan tailored to your goals and financial situation can help you feel ready for the normal ups and downs of the market and to take advantage of opportunities as they arise. Read More

Source: fidelity.com

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The content on this site includes links to tools and information that are not the property of BMC Software, and BMC Software is not responsible for their accuracy, completeness or continued availability. Some of the material contained in this site is based on official plan documents. It is not, nor is it intended to be, the legal plan document or a contract between the company and any employee or contractor. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this material. In the unlikely event that there is a discrepancy between the site and the official plan documents, the official plan documents will control. BMC Software reserves the right to amend or terminate the plan(s) or program(s) at any time. If you believe the benefits do not describe those available to you, contact the Benefits Center at 877-BMC-4849.

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