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  • Live a (Financially) Healthier Life

    Tuesday, November 13, 2012

    Healthy, wealthy, and wise….And the most important of these is, (you fill in the blank). 

    For me, it’s health.  Those that have read my prior blog posts know I’m in that nefarious “over age 50” category.  Physically, it’s true.  Mentally, possibly but it’s debatable, especially If you know me!  I believe being healthy deserves a closer look – it is closely tied to our financial freedom in many ways, and it deserves a post on our bank blog!

    Our bank just completed a two-year health & wellness Get Fit Program.  Health-conscious team captains were asked to lead employee teams that included family members.  We kept track of healthy things that got our heart rate up from walking and running to playing volleyball just to name a few.  Getting an annual physical (yes, men, this means you, too!), keeping a nutrition log, even coaching a child’s sport team earned us points.  Our employees focused on doing healthy things hoping some of those things they did would become habits.  Prizes were awarded a few weeks ago and our winning team will get some extra paid time off, cool logo wear, and the ‘bragging rights’ for this year’s event culmination.

    Not only did we create new, healthier habits, we put up some pretty fantastic results too.  At week 26 this year, we had 8 participants who had lost 10% of their total body weight and 4 more that lost 20% of their body weight.  One employee stopped smoking, and 10 employees reduced one prescription (under physician care) previously needed due to health issues.  Those are winning statistics, for me, and much more important than who won.

    We will all have to seek ways to continue our healthy habits.  I know the bank will support endeavors to keep this mindset at the forefront.  We are generally a sedentary workforce, so any efforts can only bring positive results. 

    From the financial side of things, how can being healthier help?  Let’s see, that former smoker is saving money they formerly spent on cigarettes, right?  If they smoked 1 pack a week, that translates to $260/year in savings.  If they smoked 1 pack a day, that equals $1300.  It does start to add up.  Similarly, the folks that were able to reduce one prescription medication as a result of being healthier gained back some financial rewards, too.   I cannot analyze the numbers on that, but the facts prove the healthier lifestyle puts money back into the pockets of our employees.

    As one of 80+ million Americans in the age 45-64 category (U.S. Census, 2010), health has become more important to me.  Hindsight is indeed 20-20, and I only wish I had paid more attention to my health when I was younger.  Now, I have to reduce weight, increase & maintain regular healthy activity, and pay much more attention to my eating habits.  Had I done this as a 30-40 year old, I might be sitting differently.  There are more people in my age group, 31% more according to the U.S. Census, 2010, than in 2000 and we account for more than a quarter of the US population.  When our large demographic gets ill, or when we fail to take good care of ourselves, that can be detrimental in cost – of health care, to name just one. 

    Getting back to “just me”… I’m thinking more now about retirement and wanting to have fun when I do retire.  I’m putting money into my 401(k), trying to pay down debt, preparing for ‘the teenager’s’ college expenses by contributing to a 529 plan and  keeping some amount of ‘nest egg’ cash available to me for emergencies.

    I look forward to both taking it easy in my “golden years” and enjoying travel time, family time,  volunteer time and  of course one of my favorites - future fabulous (old) girls’ trips.   I won’t be able to have much of that fun if I’m overweight, tired, out of shape, and fighting more possibilities of disease that run in my family – diabetes, heart issues, cancer.  Keeping myself healthier – er, getting myself healthier now can pay off for me when I get to retirement.  Excuse me, I need to get up and get moving before it’s too late!

  • Email Phishing - Protecting Your Home and Small Business Computers

    Monday, November 5, 2012

    Whether you own a small business or use your home computer for financial activities, you need to be aware of Email Phishing which can ultimately lead to identity theft and corruption of your small business and home computers. 

    What is Email Phishing?
    Phishing emails are crafted to appear as if they have been sent from a legitimate organization or known individual. These emails often attempt to entice users to click on a link that will take the user to a fraudulent website that appears legitimate. – United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT)

    Common forms of Email Phishing
    Phishing emails are becoming very personalized posing as your cable company, utilities, credit cards, mobile phone carrier, banks, and many more entities that you do business with on a regular basis.  The most common threat of Email Phishing right now is malware.  If you click on a link inside of an email that was intended for phishing; your computer can become infected with malware.  The malware will attempt to steal your personal information, usernames and passwords to systems such as online banking.

    Trigger events that can lead to Email Phishing
    Here are some trigger events that fraudsters may try to leverage with Phishing Emails.

    • Natural disasters (Hurricane Sandy, Southern Indiana tornados)
    • Political elections
    • Holidays
    • Economic conditions
    • Tax season

    Here are some steps to take in order to protect you against Phishing.

    • Make sure that email spam/junk filters are turned on and configured properly.  Consult with your email provider or IT specialist for assistance.
    • Do not click on links or open attachments in suspicious looking emails.  Delete them immediately and tag them as spam/junk within your email system.
    • Log into your known sites from your web browser to verify if an email is legitimate as the links in emails can be easily spoofed to go somewhere other than where it looks like it will go.
    • Be leery of unsolicited emails asking for personal information or presenting links to click on in order to update account information, track orders, overdue bills, cancelled ACH/Wire transactions, etc.
    • If something sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.
    • Do not email sensitive information in email unless it is encrypted.  Banks and other businesses should provide secure email systems to communicate regarding account information.
    • Do not store usernames/passwords, account information, SSN numbers, or other personal information in your email systems as if you do become infected with malware it will attempt to scan your email for this information.
    • Make sure that you have anti-malware/virus programs installed on small business and home computers and they are always updated and perform frequent scans.
    • Make sure that you keep other programs such as Java, Adobe programs, Internet browsers, and other online programs updated with the most current patches.

    More information about Email Phishing and Cybersecurity
    Here are some good web sites to obtain more information about email phishing.

    http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/alt127.shtm
    http://www.us-cert.gov/nav/report_phishing.html
    http://www.dhs.gov/cybersecurity

    Information about anti-malware programs
    MutualBank does not endorse the products listed below and are provided as examples of free anti-virus/malware detection and removal tools.

    http://free.avg.com/us-en/homepage
    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/products/security-essentials
    http://www.sophos.com/en-us/products/free-tools.aspx

    Remember, you can call us anytime. Let us know if you have questions or concerns for your bank accounts. Call 800-382-8031or email customersupport@bankwithmutual.com.

  • Do You Dread Going to Work?

    Wednesday, October 17, 2012

    I thought about this after I listened to a very inspiring keynote speaker who gave a glimpse into her organization's culture. Culture, in my opinion, is a really fun word that somehow describes (without a formal written definition) the foundation of a company. It shapes how employees are treated, how employees work, how employees treat each other and how employees treat customers. Much like a family, each company culture is different; each has different expectations, rules and ideals. I realized during my nearly 13 years at MutualBank, I have been part of a caring, family-type culture, that wants its employees to be their very best.

    Now, let's get back to my original question, do you dread going to work? I can honestly say I haven't and I don't. I admit, on occasion, I might have dreaded some aspect of the day, for example getting up in the middle of winter when it's dark, cold and I have to brave the icy roads. This, however, is no reflection on MutualBank. It's more due to my love for my warm bed and sleeping in. 

    What really struck me when listening to the keynote speaker is how managers should support, encourage and uplift the important things in their employees' lives - both personally and professionally. Thankfully, I work for a manager and company that does support and uplift employees in their professional and personal quests. Specifically for me, MutualBank provides me paid time off to pursue one of my all-time passions - Drag Racing. Yes, believe it or not, I work at a bank during the week and I am a high-speed drag racer on the weekend. Technically, I wear suits, on average, six days a week - one or two of those days just so happen to be a racing suit. But, I digress.

    This type of culture and this type of flexibility from my manager and from MutualBank further invests me into my job and the company. I'm not the only employee who benefits from this culture. Several employees take time to volunteer, belong to philanthropic organizations, serve on boards or participate in a variety of other activities. It goes back to that culture I talked about earlier. MutualBank employees are encouraged and coached to pursue personal goals just as much as they are coached to achieve their professional goals.

    Do you have a desire to achieve more, personally and professionally? If so, I would encourage you to check out a career opportunity at MutualBank  Visit our career page and see if there is an opportunity waiting for you. 

     

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