Archive for month: April, 2018
It’s a time to encourage random acts of kindness for friends, family, colleagues, and even strangers. Some common benefits of benevolence, according to the Random Acts of Kindness organization, include increasing energy, happiness, and serotonin levels while lowering stress, anxiety, and blood pressure.
Click HERE to earn participation credit for 2018 $250.00 VEBA Incentive payment.
While spreading kindness is good, it’s better to find simple ideas on a daily basis. Here are five ways you can carry on workplace goodwill:
- Showing Gratitude A simple “thank you,” makes us all feel appreciated about our work and encourages us excel. Offer your gratitude with a sincere smile, and express why the action was so helpful or important. Explain how a difference was made, and return the favor with sincerity and thanks.
- Greeting with a Hello and Goodbye A quick “Goodmorning” and “Bye” will make all the difference in a day. Human interaction is crucial and will help create a positive environment. The next time you’re going into the office, make it a point to greet others with eye contact, a smile, and a question about the day. Start the day on a positive note with a quick courtesy.
- Remembering Names Taking the time to learn names will personalize your interactions, creating mutual respect and a friendlier workspace. This creates mutual respect between coworkers, and building staff too.
- Helping Hand If you know a colleague’s strengths and weaknesses, use this as an opportunity to lend a hand. Help guide those who struggle, while helping a coworker with a certain strength move up or into a better position. For instance, if a coworker is amazing at creating powerpoint presentations, but not so much at public speaking and you’re great at speeches, then team up, and incorporate them into the presentation and highlight their skills.
- Stop Rumors If you hear negative talk or gossip about a coworker in (or outside) the office, then intervene. Rumors are detrimental, no matter how small. Combat negativity with kind words about others, and strive to appreciate the positive in everyone.
As part of the 2018 Live Well program we are scheduling a presentation with Joe Branca from Ameriprise to discuss financial/retirement planning tools.
DATE: Wednesday August 8th
TIME: 6:00 PM
WHERE: COUNCIL CHAMBERS
Whether you are near retirement, or it seems too far away to think about, this presentation will be beneficial. This program is strictly voluntary but employees and spouses are encouraged to attend.
NOTE: Attendance will count toward earning $250 VEBA incentive for 2018.
The IRS released an updated withholding calculator and the 2018 Form W-4 on February 28, 2018. The calculator reflects changes to the tax law following the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in December. Taxpayers are encouraged to use the calculator to ensure that they have the correct amount of tax withheld from their paychecks.
In particular, the IRS urges taxpayers in the following groups to check their withholding:
- Two-income families.
- People with two or more jobs at the same time or who only work for part of the year.
- People with children who claim credits such as the Child Tax Credit.
- People who itemized deductions in 2017.
- People with high incomes and more complex tax returns.
Taxpayers with more complex situations might need to use IRS Publication 505, Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax, expected to be available on IRS.gov in early spring, instead of the Withholding Calculator. This includes those who owe self-employment tax, the alternative minimum tax, or tax on unearned income from dependents, and people who have capital gains and dividends.
The withholding calculator asks taxpayers to estimate their 2018 income and other items that affect their taxes, including the number of children claimed for the Child Tax Credit, Earned Income Tax Credit and other items. To use the calculator, taxpayers will need their most recent pay stub and a completed copy of their 2017 (or possibly 2016) tax return.
If the calculator indicates that a change in withholding is needed, taxpayers should complete a 2018 form W-4 and submit it to their employer as soon as possible.
The IRS notes that the results of the calculator are only as accurate as the information entered. If circumstances change during the year, taxpayers should come back to the calculator to make sure their withholding is still correct.
Link to IRS withholding calculator, frequently asked questions, and Form W-4:
If you have not done so please sign-up for the FREE biometric screening offered to City of Windom employees.
IMPORTANT NOTE: To qualify for $250.00 VEBA incentive offered in 2018 employees must participate in the biometric screenings.
Where? Windom Hy-Vee
What do you need to do?
Get an appointment. Call Linda on her cell phone 507 920 6461 to set this up. If she is not available she will call you back.
You must be fasting (nothing to eat or drink for 9-12 hours) prior to this.
***You may drink water and take any prescription pills ordered by your doctor.****
It is best to be well hydrated-it makes it easier to collect a blood sample.
What will be done?
The Windom Hy-Vee dietitian Linda Carruthers will weigh you, take a sample of your blood from your finger, check your blood pressure, measure your body fat percentage and Body Mass Index. Labwork includes total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides, fasting blood sugar. You will receive a copy of all of the results and some information on how to improve your numbers if needed. The City of Windom will pay $45 per person.
Tuesday, May 15 Friday, May 18
If you choose to do screening with your primary doctor during 2018 please have this form completed and return to Chelsie at City Hall for VEBA incentive eligibility.