Tuesday, February 21, 2012

What is Aflac?

What is Aflac? Aflac is supplemental insurance that you can purchase cover the items your current insurance does not. They pay out for an array of different items from Physician Visits to Continuing Care Benefits depending your plan. Above are just a few of the reasons to look into this benefit, and here you can download the full top ten reasons to consider Aflac. For more information visit Aflac's website and to speak with our Sales Coordinator and discuss what plan would meet your needs call Amber Costa at 262-719-6770

Friday, February 3, 2012

How does the YMCA Retirement Fund Work?

One of the benefits available to all Y staff is access to the YMCA Retirement Fund. Once your employment begins you can elect to contribute a percentage of your pretax earnings into a retirement fund for yourself. What would electing to contribute do for you? It would create and begin to put fund into a 403b smart account for you, it would lower you taxable income, it would lower the amount taxes you pay, and begin to grow your retirement funds.

To begin to contribute download and fill out this form and bring it to Cathy or Jason.

When will you qualify for employer contributions? For you part-time employees You will become eligible to participate in the Fund when you are age 21 or older and have worked for two years and have completed 1000 hours of employment within each of those or any two years. After these enrollment requirements have been met you will be enrolled on the 1 of the month following your anniversary date. Once this has been achieved the Y will contribute the equivalent of 8% of your gross wages to the fund.

YRF (YMCA Retirement Fund) recently released to new tools for plan members. They now have an iPhone app that will allow you see how much you have saved in each of your accounts, watch the Fund’s videos, and get information about the Fund. You can grab the app here.

They have a great Retirement Goal Calculator that you can access when you log into their website. Once the calculator knows your annuity choice, the monthly annuity amount you would like, and your desired retirement date, it will tell you how much extra 403(b) Smart Account savings you need to put away each month in order to reach your goal.

If you have any questions on the retirement fund please contact me or visit their website.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Switch to Paycom

After many years of using the Paychex product Time-In-A-Box to record time for our part-time employees we are moving to a more modern and functional service. Beginning Thursday, January 26th we are switching to Paycom On-line for our Time and Attendance and payroll service.

The biggest change to you will be in the way your time is recorded. Instead of having a time clock or pc entry option all time will be recorded through the Paycom website. Each staff member will receive a new employee id, and follow the setups below to login to employee self-service. In this portal you will be able to punch in and out, access your time card, print copies of your check stubs and more. The time clock portion will only work at The Y, but the other features can be accessed from away where.

Login Instructions
1. Go to http://www.paycomonline.com
2. Click on the 'Employee Sign-In' Link in the top left corner.
3. Use the information provided below to login.
4. You will be prompted to change your password the first time you login.
5. To Clock In, click on the Web Time Sheet

Thursday, December 29, 2011

What is Raptor?

A couple of years ago we as an organization made the decision purchase a technology that has helped us keep the children in our facility a little bit safer. The technology is called Raptor and it is an instant scan of the nationwide sex offenders database. The database is automatically scanned twice a year with the names of all of our members, volunteers, and employees.

However, this is also a tool that we employ in the hiring process. This means that each new hire is put through a three step background check. First, a state (or national is needed) criminal background check is completed. Then a child abuse check is completed through DCFS, and the final step is done through Raptor.

This, combined with our Child Abuse Prevention training, illustrates how important member and participant safety is to The Y.

Please contact the Director of Business Operations for more information on Raptor or with ideas on how utilize this technology in other ways.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Balance of Give and Take

There was a great article in the December/January is of AYP Magazine on the importance of balancing being a "Giver" and being a "Taker". You can download the article here.

Even if you feel you knew that this was important the visual above alone is worth looking at. Measure where you are at on this scale and make an effort to realign your balance.

Training With Redwoods Online

As an association we partnered with The Redwoods Group back in October of 2010, and over the last year with improved in several areas as a result. The next step in that partnership is the on-line learning piece. This falls perfectly inline with our focus on becoming a learning organization.

Redwoods, through their Redwoods Institute Online Training Site, will help up deliver our core mandatory training's, Blood Borne Pathogens, Child Abuse Prevention, and Sexual Harassment Prevention. However, it will also deliver many other training's and resources in all department and at all levels.

To begin learning visit this site, and click on "I Am A New User". You will then need to enter your state, select our disorganization, and enter the access code "001757". When you enroll in a class it will tell you how long the course is and will let you either begin the course immediately or save it in your course list for up to six month. Keep in mind the mandatory training's need to be completed in your first 90 days on employment.