Print Archive: December, 1999
- 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.
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.
- 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.
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!
American adults spend about 90% of their time indoors. That’s a shame because spending time outside can be health-changing. There are countless benefits to being in nature, soaking up the sun and breathing fresh air. And if you’ve been shut in during the pandemic, it’s way past time to get back to nature.
Still need convincing? Here are five key reasons to slather on your sunscreen and head outside today.
1. Better health
Regular sun exposure can help lower your blood pressure, reduce inflammation, boost your immune system and reduce your risk of heart attack. It also helps boost your vitamin D, which is essential for your overall health. (About 40% of adults in the U.S. are vitamin D deficient, which can lead to osteoporosis, cancer, heart attacks and strokes.)
2. Deeper sleep
Struggling to snooze? Time in the sun helps set your internal sleep-wake clock, which can improve your quality of sleep. For additional support in getting a good night’s rest, be sure to watch Sleep Essentials, this month’s on-demand webinar from our Employee Assistance Program (EAP). (Company Code to log in: automation).
3. Improved brain function
There’s a reason people often take a walk outside to clear their heads. Time outdoors is linked to improved focus, memory, mental clarity and creativity. One study even found that daily time can increase gray matter in the part of the brain associated with memory, decision-making and attention. So next time you want to increase your productivity at home or work, step outside.
4. Happier mood
Spending time outside makes you happy! It’s known to increase serotonin levels—a natural mood booster—and help decrease stress, anxiety, depression and anger. Some research suggests that spending time outdoors has a similar effect on your health as meditating does.
5. Better workouts
According to WebMD, people work out longer and burn more calories when outdoors. That’s partly because outdoor elements, like wind, grass and uneven surfaces, contribute to your core strength, muscles and cardiovascular fitness.
Why not take advantage and complete your next Take Action activity outside? Swim, walk, ride, run or skate to complete 10K-A-Day, or join a local 5K as your Community Athletic Event.
Want to experience these benefits for yourself? Challenge yourself to spend five to 15 minutes a day outside, two to three times a week. Then take note of how you feel after a few weeks. Chances are, you’ll notice improvements in your health, mood, sleep and activity level—and you’ll be inspired to spend even more time in the great outdoors.
- Don’t forget to complete Take Action activities! The number of completed Take Action activities is down this year. Let’s change that. Challenge yourself to complete a Take Action activity over the next month. You’ll improve your health and be a step closer to earning up to $500 off your 2023 medical premiums. For an extra health boost, look for a Take Action activity you can complete outside.
- Snooze your way to better health. For optimal health, experts recommend at least seven hours of quality sleep each night. Regularly falling short of that increases your risk of health problems like high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes and depression. To avoid that and start a healthy bedtime routine, watch Sleep Essentials, our Employee Assistance Program’s latest on-demand webinar (Company Code to log in: automation). The strategies you learn may help you reduce stress and improve your well-being, too.
- Summer Hours are back! Summer Hours begin the week of June 6 and run through Sept. 2. This program compresses a 40-hour week into 4.5 days, typically with Friday afternoons off. Most U.S. regular, full-time, salaried employees can participate. (Employees in certain roles or locations may not be able to participate based on their work.) Be sure to discuss your plans with your manager. And note that given the Independence Day paid holidays, there will be no Summer Hours the week of July 4.
- Enjoy a break this summer. Thinking of taking a vacation? Keep in mind that you get three floating holidays—paid holidays you may take any time during the year—in addition to your vacation days. And be sure to discuss your plans with your supervisor or manager so they can ensure a smooth workflow in your department.
- Find joy in a new hobby. Increase your wellness by finding the perfect hobby for you in this free webinar from the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). (Company Code to log in: automation).
- Get excited about the annual Company 401(k) contribution. The Company contribution for 2021 (the Non-Elective Contribution) was deposited into your Rockwell Automation Retirement Savings Plan—the 401(k) plan account on March 31, 2022. Log in to the Fidelity NetBenefits website to confirm the deposit. If you need assistance, contact the Rockwell Automation Service Center at Fidelity at 1.877.765.4015 between 7:30 a.m. and 11 p.m. Central Time.
- Note the Annual Funding Notice. The 2021 Annual Funding Notice for the Rockwell Automation Pension Plan is now available on raquickfind.com. The Defined Benefit Pension Plan is required by the U.S. Department of Labor as part of the Pension Protection Act of 2006. For more information about the Rockwell Automation Pension Plan, contact the Rockwell Automation Service Center through digital.alight.com/rockwellautomation or call 1.877.687.7272.
- Better manage and spend your HSA and FSA funds. Find easy-to-understand educational resources and a wide selection of eligible Health Savings Account (HSA) and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) products for purchase through HealthEquity. With the HSA/FSA Store, you get access to integrated and seamless payments on purchases from your FSA and HSA, special discounts on eligible products, and 24/7/365 member support. Access the HSA/FSA Store from your HealthEquity account portal. Access the FSA Store from your personal dashboard on the Alight Smart-Choice website.
- Find work/life balance with the 5 Buckets Principle. Join us for this free, interactive Beacon Health webinar sponsored by RASWE ERG. You’ll learn how to prioritize your finances, friends and family, work, health and community. Attend virtually on Monday, May 2, from 12:00 p.m. to 1 p.m. Central Time. Register here.
Retirement planning starts with thinking about your future lifestyle goals and how long you have to meet them. To have a comfortable, secure—and happy—retirement, you’ll need to create a savings strategy that accounts for your age, target retirement date, income, debts, medical coverage needs and more.
Whether you’re years or months away from retirement, these retirement planning tools through The Rockwell Automation Retirement Savings Plan—the 401(k) plan can help you plan smarter for retirement.
Download this overview of your retirement benefits through Rockwell Automation to learn how to start the planning process, your medical options in retirement and other helpful information.
Retirement Process Timeline Tool
Model different retirement dates and see what steps you need to take for a smooth transition into retirement.
Rockwell Automation Service Center (RASC) and YourBenefits™
Use the Pension Modeler, start the Pension Plan payment process, get copies of SPDs, and find answers to questions about retiree medical, COBRA coverage, post-retirement benefits and more.
Fidelity (Rockwell Automation Service Center at Fidelity)
Access financial tools, calculators, articles and free retirement planning workshops. Process your distribution election for The Rockwell Automation Retirement Savings Plan—the 401(k) plan. Manage your annual contribution rate based on your savings goals.
Edelman Financial Engines
Take advantage of free, unlimited investment planning tools. Or, for a fee, experts can create a retirement planning strategy for you that includes your 401(k) plan and other income sources.
Termination Benefits Summary
If you are considering leaving Rockwell Automation for another opportunity or retirement, download the Termination Benefits Summary to learn how leaving the Company impacts your benefits.
Visit raquickfind.com/Retirement for a complete list of your Rockwell Automation retirement tools and resources—including Savings Plan details, contact information and downloads.
You work hard to make a meaningful contribution at work. Let our benefits, tools and resources create a meaningful contribution to your retirement.