Department of Human Resources

Good Fit Benefit Plan

PLU is pleased to provide you with Good Fit, the University’s comprehensive Employee Benefit Program that offers you a variety of employee benefit options. From medical care to retirement – with wellness ideas, time off benefits and continuing education opportunities in between – Good Fit was created because we understand that one size doesn’t fit all.

Benefits Consultants Working for You

If yAlbers & Co logoou have benefits or claims questions that you feel are not addressed appropriately through a carrier’s customer service department, give Albers a call. Retiring? Changing jobs? Need information about individual or Medicare policies? They can help there, too.

Albers & Company, INC., our employee benefits consultant, works under the direction of our Human Resources team and PLU’s Benefits Committee to negotiate benefit contracts, coordinate implementation, and assist employees with claims or service issues.

To connect with an Albers representative, call 253-272-2711 or 1-888-8ALBERS (825-2377) or send an email to askus@alberscompany.com. For more information, visit www.alberscompany.com.

Retirement Info at Your Fingertips

TIAA_CREF_logoVisit the dedicated retirement plan website at http://www.tiaa-cref.org/tcm/plu/ to access your account, transfer funds and change allocations. You can also review plan information and investment performance, as well as access interactive retirement planning tools and calculators.

Overcoming Fear of Change

Brought to you by First Choice Health EAP

first choice logoTo face change with determined fortitude, start by accepting that fear of change is normal. Then, start dealing with your concern(s) about it. Try “moving your fear to paper” by writing down concerns. Consider each concern’s potential solution. Small things count—losing an office, giving up a pretty commute, coming home later—see if you can identify exactly what the change may bring. Find supportive friends or an EAP provider with whom you can safely discuss concerns. You’ll discover solutions and enlightened coping strategies for virtually any problem or issue.

Resist buying into rumors at the water cooler that can stoke more fear. Instead, bring concerns to your boss and compare them with official information sources. Read about how to cope with change. The field of literature on this topic is huge, and reading may be the fastest way to feel empowered and less fearful. (Search for “change” in our website and you’ll find literally hundreds of resources!) Stay on top of your fear by remaining proactive and plan your approach to change to stay positive.

You are no stranger to change, so consider any past experiences where you successfully overcame major changes that occurred in your life. Ultimately, coping with fear of change is about your taking control of your attitude and being determined with a personal set of adaptation strategies that will help you benefit from new experiences that are coming your way.

Find out more in this month’s issue of your EAP newsletter: The Connection. For help dealing with change, stress, or other issues, call (800) 777-4114 or visit www.FirstChoiceEAP.com using the login: pacific and password: lutheran.

2015 Medical Plan Calculator Tool

Wondering which medical plan is right for you? Use the Medical Plan Calculator Tool to help make the best decision for you and your family. Click here.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Did you know that free access to First Choice Health Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is part of your PLU benefits?

Your EAP can help with a variety of issues both professional and personal – from dealing with stress at work to elder care and emotional well-being. EAP is a confidential resource and will provide guidance, assessment, and referral at no cost to you. Visit www.FirstChoiceEAP.com for details.

Employees Assistance Program Newsletter
The February issue of your EAP newsletter is here.