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HRS April Newsletter monthly employee newsletter

  • Sunday, April 5th - Easter
  • Wednesday, April 22nd - Administrative Professionals' Day
  • Wednesday, April 22nd - Earth Day
  • Friday, April 24th - Arbor Day


Blue Cross of Idaho wants to remind you about the opportunity to participate in the thriveidaho health promotion program and earn a cash reward.  Active employees, who are the subscriber on the plan, are eligible to participate and receive the reward.  Whether you've already begun earning points or are just getting started, you have until April 30, 2015 to achieve 85 points and earn $250!  Log in to the Blue Cross of Idaho member portal at and click on the thriveidaho logo to link to the wellness portal and earn your points.

Get ACTVly engaged, and earn a $250 reward:

Ask your doctor to complete a health qualification form (HQF) during your preventive care visit and submit to Blue Cross of Idaho.  (Forms available in the wellness portal under the Ask menu bar)

Mail, fax or email a copy of the completed form to:

Blue Cross of Idaho, Attn:  thriveidaho/HQF, P.O. Box 7408, Boise, ID 83707

Fax Toll Free:  800-471-4424               Scan and email:

*Before submitting your HQF, please make sure you have completed all of the required fields and that you and your healthcare provider have signed and dated the appropriate areas.  Be sure to keep a copy for your records.

Complete an online personal health assessment (PHA) in the thriveidaho wellness portal.

Take advantage of a workshop or support program and earn 10 points toward your reward.  Choose from a wide range of workshops, engage with a health coach or participate in a challenge.

View an educational video from the variety of videos available on the thriveidaho wellness portal.

If you have questions or concerns about the qualification process of the HQF or PHA, please contact Blue Cross of Idaho's Customer Service Department at 866-804-2253 or email inquiries to  For questions about thriveidaho, please contact the Office of Group Insurance at 1-800-531-0597 or by email to

Dates to know!

  • March 31:  3rd quarter of thriveidaho ends.
  • April 3-24:  thriveidaho Employee Feedback Survey distributed.
  • April 30:  thriveidaho program ends for FY15.  All HQFs must be received at Blue Cross by this date to be awarded points.  Employees need to have 85 points by 4/30 to be eligible to receive the incentive check.
  • Late April:  Blue Cross will send checks for the 3rd quarter of thriveidaho.
  • Late May:  Blue Cross will issue a final check disbursement for those who completed the thriveidaho components in April.
  • July 1:  YR 3 of thriveidaho begins!


You've probably heard of the different types of retirement plans:  457(b) Deferred Compensation, 401(k), 403(b), 401(a) and 457(b) Deferred Compensation with both traditional and Roth contributions.  As a public employee, there are plans created specifically for you.

Nationwide has worked with public sector employees for more than 30 years, so they know the kinds of questions you may have about your plan.  They will give you the tools and information to help you feel confident about investing for retirement.  Keep in mind that investing involves market risk, including possible loss of principal, and there's no guarantee that investment objectives will be achieved.

For more information about the 457 plan, visit   If you are one of the first 1,000 employees to enroll or increase contributions by 2% of pay to the State 457 retirement plan you will receive $50 in your account!  


As an employee of LCSC, you could save up to 10% on auto insurance and 5% on home insurance.  Get an Online Quote or call James at 509-927-4655 x.58630 for a free rate quote.

Make things easier on you and your wallet.  Combine your auto and home policies.  Combining your auto and home policies with Liberty Mutual makes them easier to keep track of and can also mean savings for you.


The PERSI Choice 401(k) Plan will be seeing some significant changes soon.

First, the Choice Plan will have a new record keeper - Empower Retirement is taking over for Xerox HR Solutions, May 1, 2015.  This change will allow PERSI to greatly enhance its level of service to you through Empower Retirement.

Second, in order to ensure that the Plan meets federal regulatory standards, and to provide a more equitable distribution of operating expenses as a result of our fiduciary review process, our fee structure will be modified.  You will see a tiered fee structure based on your account balance.

We realize fees are a concern for some Plan participants.  The revised fee structure and the reasoning behind it will be explained at a series of optional group meetings PERSI has scheduled throughout the state.  PERSI strongly encourages members with comments, questions, or concerns to attend one of these meetings. 

A meeting will be held in Lewiston on April 1st at the Red Lion Hotel.  Times are 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm or 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm.  Please RSVP online to attend.

Fee Structure:

Fee Structure


Valley Ventures (1)


Stop the pessimism!

Every manager has to deal with a certain amount of pessimistic, hositle or uncooperative behavior at times.  But a hard-core negative attitude that starts with just one employee can quickly infect an entire department (or a whole company) if the manager doesn't rein it in quickly.

Negativity can spread through your workplace like wildfire.  Here are 10 tips for confronting employees whose negative behavior has begun to affect the workplace:

  1. Don't get drawn into the employees' negative mind set.  Listen to their points, but don't temper your own realistic optimism.
  2. Avoid getting into an argument.  Negative people thrive on the negative energy of arguments.  Point out areas of agreement when possible in order to build rapport.  Keep your cool.
  3. Set standards.  Spell out the consequences of negative behavior, such as decreased morale.  Base them on behavior, not attitude.  For example, you may not be able to change the fact that an employee doesn't like a certain company policy.  But you can discipline employees if they don't follow the policy or are insubordinate in gossiping about it.
  4. Ask questions.  Force the employee to be specific about what is creating his or her negative thoughts and actions.
  5. Try role-playing.  Ask the employee to put himself in your shoes and pretend he has been asked to resolve the problem.  That way, you will have the employee contribute his ideas for the best possible solutions.  Involving the employee may also lead to more positive feelings about the solution or outcome since he or she had a hand in creating it.
  6. Listen carefully.  Use active listening to ensure that you're understanding the employee correctly.
  7. Don't lower your expectations of them.  A negative attitude doesn't necessarily mean a poor performer.
  8. Employer employees.  Stop the "victim" mentality from forming.  Allow employees to take responsibility for "good" events, so they can make them happen again, and for the "bad" events, so they have the power to change them in the future.
  9. Solicit feedback.  Always ask for employees' opinions before making major decisions that will affect them.  The more you listen to employees, and take an active interest in their concerns, the less likely they will complain to each other.
  10. Hire right.  Identify negative people before they're hired.  During the interview, listen for feelings that "life isn't fair" in response to questions like:  Have you ever felt you're been treated unfairly in the past?  What were your chief concerns about management in your previous jobs?  What would you have changed if you were the manager at your last job?

Source:  Managing People at Work January 1, 2015 Special Edition.


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Terry Taylor, Wendy Erman 7th
Charity Goodell 8th
Teresa Nash 9th
Christina Tondevold, Gary Balmer, Justice Stocks, Robert Franklin 10th
Jacob Hornby 12th
Cindy Seidel, Kaitlin Cushman, Lauren Nichols 13th
Meghann Kolb 14th
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Sarah Mahuron 17th
Tyler Sinner-Graham 19th
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Brandon Peer, JR Seaman 21st
Cyrus Hall, Jody Neuberger 22nd
Doris Swinford, Laura Hughes 23rd
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Jeff Zimmerman, Louis Sylvester 28th
Debbie Frye 29th
Amy Bond 30th

WSA Winner:  Congratulations to Sarah Reaves! 

“Sarah was kind enough to come hold my hand (almost literally) as I submitted my grant proposal to the US Department of Education last week. Her knowledge of grant workings and comforting nature made the process a more bearable. Thank you for what you do every day!”