Man with two many tennis ballsLife is great. Until an obstacle pops up out of nowhere. Then it can be kind of annoying. Or a major pain. Or worse. But with these life hacks—and your Lenovo benefits—in your back pocket, you’ll be prepared for nearly anything life throws your way. Except for the resurgence of the Macarena. For that you’re on your own.

 

#wellbeinghacks

Dump the Slump

What an odd dream. Judy from Marketing keeps repeating your name. And asking for input. Wait. This isn’t a dream. Time to look alive. And time to figure out how to stop nodding off during these midafternoon meetings.

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Follow these four steps to boost your energy and productivity throughout the day.

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Tripping Out

You wake up in yet another hotel room, drag yourself to the bathroom, and flip on the light. Yikes! Who’s that haggard-looking person…wearing your Garfield T-shirt? Okay, maybe all this travel is taking a toll on your body.

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Flex Time

You finally finished that expense report. And you got a good start on tomorrow’s presentation. Wow, it’s amazing what you can do with five straight hours at your desk. You’d pat yourself on the back, but—ouch! It hurts to raise your arm.

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Learn how to stretch your hips and spine and reset your posture throughout your workday.

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Sick Daze

Your doctor just gave you a diagnosis and a prescription. You’re on the road to recovery. Or at least you were before the pharmacist told you the cost of the medication. Now you’re feeling a whole new symptom: nausea.

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Use the CVS Caremark Check Drug Cost tool to find out if your medication is covered by your medical plan and what it will cost—before you even leave your doctor’s office.

And check out CVS Caremark’s other time- and cost-saving tools for managing your medications.

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Tour de Chance

Ever since last year’s bike accident in Malta, you worry about needing medical help when you travel. Yeah, you’re just going to a team meeting in Chicago, but still. What happens if you get sick while you’re away from home?

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You’re covered for an injury, medical emergency, or accidental death through the Global Business Travel Accident and Emergency Medical plan. Get more details on Knowledge Base.

And prepare for your next business trip by adding iJET’s hotline to your phone contacts: 001-443-569-4989. Collect calls are accepted free of charge from anywhere in the world.

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Share the Love

Your coworker, Lisa, has been an amazing mentor. Now she’s getting ready to retire. How can you let her know how much she’s meant to you? Besides a fruit basket or singing telegram.

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Use Lenovo Rewards to celebrate your coworkers’ contributions, share a note of thanks, or even wish someone a happy birthday.

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Rash Decisions

It’s Sunday night. Your 6-year-old is changing into his pajamas in the next room. Suddenly you hear, “Are these spots supposed to be all over me?” Better get it checked out before it gets worse. But what doctors are available at this hour?

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Talk to a Telehealth doctor

Register for one or both of Cigna’s telehealth services today, so you’ll be ready when sickness strikes.

Amwell
1-855-667-9722 Amwell for Cigna

MDLIVE
1-888-726-3171 MDLIVE for Cigna

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Get Zentered

You can’t concentrate. You’re irritable. You don’t have the patience to read this. How do you get your focus back?

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Join a mini-mindfulness session, offered every Wednesday. Onsite and remote sessions are available. Call Holly, your Lenovo Health Coach, at 1-919-237-8900 for more info.

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Use a Lifeline

You’re managing two huge projects at work. Your teen daughter has been having problems at school. Life is putting a lot on your—and your family’s—shoulders right now. Is there someone who can help lighten the load?

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You—and anyone in your family—can find reliable, confidential support through the Employee Assistance Program.

Cigna Behavioral Health
1-888-371-1125
Cigna website (Go to the EAP link under the Review My Coverage tab. Register using employer ID Lenovo.)

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Convenient Excuses

You’d go to the gym if it wasn’t clear across town. You’d get your sore throat checked out if you could squeeze in a doctor’s appointment. You’d get a flu shot if it was more convenient. If, if, if.

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Ditch the ifs. Get it all done without leaving work with the help of Lenovo’s onsite amenities.

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Escape Plans

You’re sobbing uncontrollably. It’s just all so beautiful. Then it dawns on you: You were just moved to tears by a Sandals Resorts TV ad. Maybe it’s time for a vacation?

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Talk to your manager to make sure you're taking the time off you need to recharge and re-energize. Visit the Lenovo Benefits Time Away page to learn more.

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#moneyhacks

Cash Course

Your parents would be so proud. You’re saving 15% of your salary through your 401(k). But there are so many ways to invest the money you’re stashing away. How do you know which option is right for you?

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Follow this quick-start guide to learn how to invest the retirement savings in your 401(k).

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Pileup on the 401(k)

You’re making contributions and getting the 6% company match through the Lenovo Savings Plan. Great. So, what’s that nagging feeling? Oh yeah. You still haven’t rolled over your 401(k) plans from your last four jobs.

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Get Your Ed on Straight

Your daughter’s sure to have her pick of colleges next year. And depending on which one she chooses, you may have your pick of very large loans. Could you get a little financial assistance?

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Lenovo offers up to 20 awards of $5,000 through the Children of Lenovo Employees Scholarship Program. Learn more on Lenovo’s Knowledge Base.

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Growth Plan

You love your job. You learn something new every day. Now you’re starting to think about taking your career to the next level. Any tools out there to help you keep evolving?

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Through Grow@Lenovo, you can access tools and resources to help advance your career. The Lenovo EXTRAS website also offers great resources, like writing assistance (through SAS®) and education-related discounts.

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Financial Funk

You have some credit card debt hanging over your head. You’re trying to save for your first house. Oh yeah, and you should probably be setting aside a little money for retirement as well. How can you do it all?

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Get personalized, one-on-one financial planning assistance through the Planning & Guidance Center on NetBenefits. You can also call 1-800-603-4015.

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Driven Crazy?

You get your latest bill for your car insurance. You do a double-take that nearly gives you whiplash. Could you be getting a better deal on your home or auto insurance?

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Get MetLife insurance at a special discounted rate.

MetLife
1-800-GET-MET8 (1-800-438-6388)
MetLife website
Use group discount code BSJ.

Or visit the Lenovo EXTRAS website to find additional employee-exclusive deals on insurance.

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Debt or Alive

You’ve been out of school for five years and you’re still drowning in student debt. Ramen lost its charm somewhere around junior year. When will you graduate to at least mac-and-cheese status?

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Explore Fidelity’s student loan debt tool.

Visit the Lenovo EXTRAS website to find additional employee-exclusive deals on student loan refinancing.

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Renter’s Remorse

Your landlord still hasn’t fixed the fridge. Another night of Indian takeout might push you into a curry-induced coma. Maybe it’s time to consider home ownership. But can you even afford it?

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Check out the Lenovo EXTRAS website to find employee-exclusive deals on mortgages.

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Fortify your Future

You can almost taste retirement. But you’re starting to worry if you’ll have enough saved. Will your golden years be filled with watching sunsets on the beach? Or will your sunset years be filled with watching “Golden Girls” on the couch?

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If you’re 50 or older, you can contribute an additional $6,000 per year to your 401(k). Also, if you’re 55 or older, you can contribute an additional $1,000 per year to your Health Savings Account (HSA).

Start making catch-up contributions today. Call Fidelity (1-800-835-5095) for help.

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That Ka-ching! Thing

Your 15-year-old nephew walks into your living room. “Cool TV,” he says. “I think I saw one like it on ‘Stranger Things.’” You’re not sure, but you think your TV just got dissed. Maybe it’s time for an upgrade?

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Visit the Lenovo EXTRAS website to access great employee-only discounts on everything from electronics to office supplies.

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Where There’s a Will

You get in a pretty scary car accident on the way to the store. Everyone’s okay, but there was definitely some “life flashing before eyes” action. You realize you don’t have any plans in place in the event of your death. Better fix that.

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Set up a free, 30-minute estate-planning consultation with Cigna (1-800-901-7534).

And make sure your beneficiaries are up to date through Fidelity Retirement Benefits (1-800-835-5095).

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Finesse Your Finances

You’re checking the balance in your bank account. You have enough money to make ends meet, but those numbers just don’t seem to be growing from month to month. What’s the secret to putting more in and taking less out?

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Use Fidelity’s customized financial wellness tool to see how you can make the most of your money.

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#familyhacks

Role Reversal

Your dad has always been the first person you’ve gone to for help. Now that he’s getting older, he’s going to need to rely on you. If he comes to live with you full-time, what resources are out there to assist you both?

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You can start by assessing your needs through Years Ahead, offered through Bright Horizons. They can help you understand costs, plan for change, and find senior care. Call 1-877-719-3056 to speak with a Senior Advisor.

Get emotional support and service referrals by visiting Cigna Behavioral Health (employer ID Lenovo) or calling 1-888-371-1125.

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Without a Care (Provider)

You need to leave now to make your 9 a.m. presentation. Your nanny texts. “Sorry, car trouble. I can’t make it.” You consider sending the exact same text to your boss. Maybe not a wise move.

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Easily arrange for dependable, professional back-up child or elder care.

Bright Horizons
1-877-242-2737
Bright Horizons website (username: Lenovo-Motorola; password: Backup4LenovoMoto)

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Plus One

You just got the good news: Your family is about to get a little bigger. But with your busy work schedule, will you have time to bond with your new family member?

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Take advantage of family leave. New moms can take 22–24 weeks. New dads and adopting parents can take seven weeks.

HR Service Center
1-919-908-5678
Email the HR Service Center

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New Moms on the Block

Your maternity leave is over. You're trying to get back into the swing of things. But you didn't sleep a wink last night. And you're feeling anxious about your little one going to daycare. How are you going to make this all work?

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If you're in Morrisville, email the Power UP Fitness Center or call Kelly at the Wellness Center (1-919-237-8900) to access pre- and post-natal exercises as well as post-partum depression and lactation support.

For additional support, call our EAP program (1-888-371-1125).

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Adopt to Change

You’re thinking about adopting a child. You’re excited to expand your family. If only your wallet could expand to accommodate all the costs. Could you get a little financial help?

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Get reimbursed up to $8,000 per child for eligible adoption-related expenses.

Benefits Administration Center
1-844-319-3412
Benefitsolver website

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