Come share in Pearson’s success by participating in the Pearson Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP). The ESPP provides eligible employees (regular employees who normally work 20 or more hours a week and 5 months a year) with the opportunity to purchase Pearson stock at a 15% discount through after-tax payroll deductions. To learn more about how the plan works, click here.
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World Blood Donor Day
You could save a life — World Blood Donor Day
On June 14, the World Health Organization will celebrate World Blood Donor Day.
The need for safe blood is universal and critical both for treatments and urgent interventions. It can help patients suffering from life-threatening conditions live longer and supports complex medical and surgical procedures. Blood is also vital for treating the wounded during emergencies of all kinds and has an essential, life-saving role in maternal/neonatal care.
Through the campaign, the WHO asks people across the globe to become life-savers by volunteering to donate blood regularly.
You can donate blood and learn about eligibility requirements through the American Red Cross or by calling your local Health Department for information about local and state blood banks.
Sources: American Red Cross
My Total Rewards Launches in the US
The new ‘My Total Rewards’ platform is informative, simple to navigate and helps you better understand your total reward package. You can explore the benefits, perks, and rewards, as well as your career, well-being, financial and healthcare choices that are available to you.
Through the platform you can:
- View your benefits and incentive payments, if applicable, to understand your current package.
- Learn about the various leave policies available to support you during critical times in your life.
- Explore the “Financial Benefits” section and learn about the various programs that provide financial support to you and your loved ones.
- Gain a better understanding of the career development and learning opportunities available to you to help you progress in your life and career.
- Download and/or print your statement.
Access ‘My Total Rewards’ now. You can also find the icon on myCloud and on the Your Total Rewards page under Human Resources on Neo. If you have any questions about your statement, please raise a ticket in myHR.
Global Health Observances
Snuff out Smoking — World Tobacco Day
This yearly acknowledgement on May 31 informs the public on the dangers of using tobacco, what the World Health Organization (WHO) is doing to fight the tobacco epidemic, and what people around the world can do to claim their right to healthy living and to protect future generations. Here is why this is so important:
- Globally, tobacco use causes eight million deaths per year — that’s one death every five seconds
- Of those eight million deaths, 600,000 are non-smokers who were exposed to secondhand smoke, and nearly two-thirds of the deaths occur in children.
- Smoking is the direct cause of one of every five deaths in the U.S., which translates to roughly 480,000 deaths annually, 1,300 deaths per day, 54 deaths per hour, or almost one death per minute.
- According to the 2019 National Youth Tobacco Survey, more than 5.3 million kids in the U.S. now use e-cigarettes — an increase of over 3 million in just two years.
If you are a smoker, join the WHO and take the pledge to quit today.
Don’t forget that your prescription plan benefits can help with smoking cessation medications. Please note that all smoking cessation products, whether they are over-the-counter or prescription, require a prescription from your doctor to be covered at 100% by the prescription drug plan.
Sources: World Health Organization
Men’s Health Month
Overall, men need to pay more attention to their health. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, compared to women, men are more likely to:
- Smoke and drink
- Make unhealthy or risky choices
- Put off regular checkups and medical care
In the Know — Prostate Cancer
Just like you would do your research when buying a new car, doing some homework to understand prostate cancer — the most common cancer in men (except for skin cancer) — makes sense. You can visit the American Cancer Society for detailed information about screenings, treatments and symptoms.
Even if you are not yet at an age for a recommended screening, take these questions to your next doctor’s appointment (or share them with a special man in your life). Spend a few minutes getting the answers you need so you understand the disease more clearly.
The Heart of the Matter
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men of most racial and ethnic groups in the U.S., killing 357,761 men in 2019 — that’s about 1 in every 4 male deaths. Perhaps most alarming about those statistics is that half of the men who die suddenly of coronary heart disease had no previous symptoms.
The Centers for Disease Control recommends the following to lower the risk of heart disease:
- Know your blood pressure.Having uncontrolled blood pressure can result in heart disease. High blood pressure has no symptoms, so it’s important to have your blood pressure checked regularly. Learn more about high blood pressure.
- Talk to your health care provider about whether you should be tested for diabetes. Having diabetes raises your risk of heart disease. Learn more about diabetes.
- Quit smoking. If you don’t smoke, don’t start. If you do smoke, learn ways to quit.
- Discuss checking your cholesterol and triglyceride levels with your health care provider. Learn more about cholesterol.
- Eat healthy food. Being overweight or obese raises your risk of heart disease. Learn more about being overweight and obesity.
- Limit alcohol intake to one drink per day.
- Lower your stress level and find healthy ways to cope with stress. Learn more about coping with stress.
Sources: National Library of Medicine, American Cancer Society, CDC, Health.gov
Words make a difference when it comes to mental health. These small changes can help to remove the shame, fear and silence that keep many people from seeking help and treatment. The stigma surrounding mental health conditions can be as hard to deal with as the condition itself —and the effects can last long after someone has engaged in recovery.
Everyone can play a role. You can:
- Use respectful language to talk about mental health conditions
- Challenge misconceptions when you see or hear them
- See the person, not the condition
- Offer support if you think someone is having trouble
Avoid labels such as:
- Normal/not normal
Use respectful language that does not define someone by an illness:
|She’s bipolar||She has/is living with bipolar disorder|
|Schizophrenic||Person with schizophrenia|
|Manic depressive||Person with bipolar disorder|
|The mentally ill||People with a mental illness/mental health condition|
|Committed suicide||Died by suicide|
May and June Health Observances
Since 1949, May has been observed as Mental Health Month, and in June we observe Men’s Health Month (MHM) which brings attention to male physical well-being. For this edition of For Your Benefit, we are combining both to encourage the men in our lives to take care of their bodies by eating right, exercising, and focusing on disease prevention. We also know that, typically, men do not like to talk about or seek help for a mental health issue. According to Psychology Today, numerous researchers have recently stated that there is a silent crisis in men’s mental health. Let’s look at male mental well-being first.
Mental Health America reports that 6 million men suffer from depression each year. Depression can be hard to talk about, and so, many men end up struggling silently for years, only to reach out when they have hit rock bottom, if at all.
The three most commonly overlooked signs of depression in men are:
- Physical ailments.Sometimes depression in men shows up as frequent headaches, sleep problems, sexual dysfunction or digestive disorders that do not respond to normal treatment.
- Anger.This could range from irritability, sensitivity to criticism, or a loss of a sense of humor to road rage, a short temper or even violence.
- Reckless behavior.A man suffering from depression may engage in risky behavior like pursuing dangerous sports, driving recklessly, drinking too much or gambling compulsively.
If you are concerned that a man in your life may be depressed, check out Cleveland Clinic’s ways you may be able to help (scroll down the page to see suggestions).
According to Psychology Today, men make up over 75 percent of suicide victims in the United States, with one man killing himself every 20 minutes. In 2018, the suicide rate among males was 3.7 times higher than that among females. Very high rates have been observed in veterans, young American Indians and gay men. A common factor among these groups may be perceived or real rejection from mainstream society, leading to strong feelings of alienation and isolation.
Crisis Corner: We can all help prevent suicide. Are you or do you know someone in crisis? Call the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-272-TALK (8255) to access free and confidential support.
Your Pearson Benefits offers help with mental health issues in various ways:
- Take advantage of MDLIVE Therapy, where you can receive behavioral health therapy with a psychologist or psychiatrist right in the comfort of your own home for a small copayment. Learn more here.
- The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides unlimited, no cost, telephonic counseling and up to five free, face-to-face or video sessions with a professional counselor. Visit Cigna EAP or call 1-800-593-4138 to get more information.
- Psychological and psychiatric care are part of your medical plan coverage. Visit the website of your medical plan administrator to search for providers.
Sources: Mental Health America, National Institute of Mental Health, Psychology Today, Mayo Clinic, WebMD
Welcome to the Spring edition of the For Your Benefit Magazine
Welcome to the Spring 2021 edition of For Your Benefit. We put together a great deal of information for you, so I encourage you to take a moment to review what’s inside. Here are a few highlights from this issue:
We begin by looking at the June Men’s Health observance, including mental well-being. Mental illness issues are often difficult for men to discuss, which may prevent them from seeking help. Find out about signs of depression in men, other disorders, how you can help, and how to take advantage of your Pearson Benefits when care may be needed.
The World Health Organization (WHO) sponsors two campaigns during May and June. The first is World Tobacco Day which was highlighted on May 31. The dangers of smoking are no secret — it is still one of the leading causes of serious illness, sometimes leading to death, across the globe. And on June 14, the WHO invites everyone to join in World Blood Donor Day. A safe blood supply is a necessity for both treatment purposes and during a crisis, as the pandemic has most certainly reminded us.
As a reminder, my Total Rewards statement is now available to you. The “my Total Rewards” platform is a comprehensive statement of all the rewards, benefits, and perks available to
you as a Pearson employee. You can access “My Total Rewards” platform on myCloud. And lastly, don’t miss out — the Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP) enrollment period ends on June 14. Through the ESPP, eligible employees can share in Pearson’s future success through direct stock ownership at a discounted price.
As a reminder, my Total Rewards statement is now available to you. The “my Total Rewards” platform is a comprehensive statement of all the rewards, benefits, and perks available to you as a Pearson employee. You can access “My Total Rewards” platform on myCloud.
Thanks for taking a few minutes to read this edition of For Your Benefit. We’ll be back in the fall with the next issue of the magazine. Until then, look for our eHealth messages and visit the Pearson Benefits website for information about our plans and programs. In the meantime, I wish you and your family an enjoyable and healthy summer.
In Good Health,
Director, Global Benefits
Sources: American Cancer Society, Association for Behavioral Health & Wellness, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Centers for Disease Control. World Health Organization, EMPOWER Retirement, Mayo Clinic, National Institute of Mental Health, Willis Towers Watson Wellbeing Ideas for Remote Employees
Spring Edition of For Your Benefit
Have you heard? New Global Pearson Well Initiative
You will be hearing a lot more about this new initiative in the coming weeks. Global Pearson WELL is a company-wide effort that aims to ensure that our company policies, procedures and programs set a strong foundation for employee well-being. For example, there will be broader, global access to the Employee Assistance Program, a focus on manager and team trainings and advice for being our best self each day.
Stay tuned for more news about what Global Pearson WELL has to offer – you will want to be a part of it! In the meantime, visit the Global Pearson WELL Neo page to stay up-to-date on all new programs, features and initiatives.