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Was your new year’s resolution for 2018 to be healthier? Are you one of those people who haven’t given it much thought since? We totally get it – It’s hard to maintain work and wellness. At CA Technologies, it’s a little easier, thanks to the awesome workplace wellness programs we offer.

CA Technologies has relaunched its health and wellbeing strategy across its 2,500 employees in EMEA, expanding its offering to include mental health and resilience components, rather than focusing solely on physical health.

We caught up with Fionnuala Feighan, Senior Regional Compensation and Benefits Specialist, UK and Ireland on what does wellness and wellbeing mean to her and how does she support CA’s employees in her role.

Wellness is about my physical health, and asking myself am I getting enough sleep and exercise, am I eating well? Wellbeing, I feel is more holistic, it includes my physical health but also my emotional and mental health as they are also interconnected. My challenge is to remember this and make sure I am balancing my needs in all three areas, however this can be challenging in a busy life!

CA Technologies provides opportunities for people to focus on their wellbeing while at work and enjoy it. This could be anything from a Pilates class in Barcelona to EMEA wide cycling challenge where we combine the importance of mental and physical resilience, in association with our sponsor, Trek Segafredo’s professional cycling team.”

Fionnuala also shared what CA employees can look forward to over the next few months.

“CA Technologies is continuing to focus on local wellbeing activities in all of the EMEA countries. An exciting follow up to our Trek Segafredo simulator bike challenge is planned, plus some more surprises along the way.”

 

 Fionnuala explains how she and her team are working towards expanding the definition of wellbeing.

“Wellbeing means different things to different people. For some it may be going for a long walk, but for someone else it may be spending time with friends or giving their time to a charity. We are expanding our definition of wellbeing and linking it closely with our core DNA elements which include collaboration, social awareness and resilience.”

Fionnuala talks about one of her fondest moment in her role at CA and why it was so special.

“World Mental Health Day last year marked the start of the MIND Your Step Challenge EMEA, an innovative four-week app-based challenge that combined physical and mental wellbeing to help boost our mental resilience, enhance our overall health and encourage collaboration. Over the 4-week challenge, the EMEA region took 86 million steps – a distance equal to walking one and a half times around the world. The small team of working mums that won the challenge, walked over 3 million steps and they managed to do this while working full time in demanding roles. My fondest memory was announcing their achievement.”

If you’re ready to bring what you bring to CA, Search here or create a custom job alert to get notifications on roles that match your search.

Want to learn more about #LifeAtCA? Follow the hashtag and LifeAtCA on Instagram to see employee pictures from around the world.       

Fionnuala Feighan – Senior Regional Compensation & Benefits Specialist, EMEA
Connect with Fionnuala on LinkedIn here

 

Pet Benefits for CA Employees!

Pet benefits at CA Technologies

CA Technologies offers best-in-breed Pet Benefits for employees’ fur babies!

In addition to our popular benefits for parents, did you know that CA has pet benefits for pet parents? CA employees can take time to appropriately welcome the addition (paw-ternity leave, if you will) or to grieve the death of their beloved animal friends. We will also send a special gift bundle to welcome new fur babies to #LifeAtCA, at the employee’s request.

pet benefits at CA
Chief People & Places Officer Guy Di Lella understands how important it is to foster relationships between pets and their people by giving them time to bond, and this benefit is another way CA is continuing to develop family-friendly benefits to make the company an even greater place to work.

“One of the most effective ways we can make our customers successful is through the strength of our people — by attracting, developing and retaining the right people to achieve our Mission; by being a great place to work; and by creating an environment that marries hard-charging DNA with a little fun,” Guy said in a recent note to employees.

Here are the details:

  • If you get a new a pet that would benefit from special parent-pet bonding time, you may take up to 3 fully paid days off.
  • If you get a new pet (or got a new pet since the beginning of 2016), you can receive a CA-branded “pet bundle” to welcome your newest addition to the CA family!
  • If you are faced with the unfortunate loss of a beloved pet, you may take up to 3 fully paid days off to help grieve and deal with your loss.

We’re looking forward to seeing all the happy CA pet pics on social media! Tag yours with #LifeAtCA so we can share the love.

Are you interested in working for a company that values your commitment to your furry family members? Search our open jobs or join our Talent Community to receive updates on jobs that match your skills and interests.

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Every Day is Father’s Day at CA

It’s time again to honor and celebrate all the amazing dads out there! At CA, we appreciate the hard work it takes to be a good dad, and we do everything we can to make life easier for our employees who are fathers. In fact, we were named by Fatherly as one of the Best Places to Work for New Dads!

Here are a just a few of the benefits we offer fathers:

Lenn Thompson, Community Manager, Mainframe BU & CA World, has lunch with his daughter Anna at the Montessori school at our Islandia, NY office.
  • Paid paternity leave
  • All new parents have the option of entering a “phase back to work” program after maternity/paternity leave that allows them to work half-time and gradually resume their duties over a two-week span.
  • We have Montessori Centers at our larger offices, so you can have your little one nearby during the working day. In fact, some of our fathers enjoy spending their lunch break with their kids!

So, dads, are you ready to work for a company that appreciates and honors your commitment to your children? Search here or create a custom job alert to get notifications on roles that match your search.

Want to learn more about #LifeAtCA? Follow the hashtag and LifeAtCA on Instagram to see employee pictures from around the world.

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Work-Life Balance… Is Having It All A Myth?

4 Tips for Creating Better Work-Life Balance

It’s a big scary world out there, and somehow, we’re tasked with managing the many peaks and valleys along our individual journeys. If you’re anything like me, balance is what you’re constantly striving for. It’s like the gold at the end of the rainbow, or finding Big Foot. Sometimes it seems too good to be true, or just not real. But it is. I promise you. It takes some time, some gumption, some patience, and trust.

We’ve all had times in our careers where the scales seem to tip and sometimes break, which is never a good thing. It can cause anxiety, delays in delivering your product, a drop in quality of work, and potential drop in confidence. Plus, you lose that thing called a life. Which, take it from me, is no good. So, how do you find balance? Here are some of the lessons and tips I’ve learned throughout my career which has helped me find my balance, think less about working so hard to find it, and focus on work-life integration:

Organisation is Key

Look, I get it. It’s not always easy to stay organised. I recently had some constructive feedback shared with me that highlighted sometimes when I’m stressed or my plate is too full, I can become slightly ‘crazed’ and disorganised. At first, I had a moment (in my head) not dissimilar to my two-year-old’s tantrums, but then I realised, you know what, they were right. Ask yourself when prepping for your next day at work: Have I written down and actioned my to-do’s? Am I as prepared as I can be for tomorrow? Do I have to follow up with anyone today? Have I laid out my clothes for tomorrow? These are really simple things, that can help you stay organised, save time, and provide you one piece of that oh-so-coveted balance.

Schedule ‘You’ Time & Unplug

Do you take a full hour lunch? Do you ever turn your devices off and focus on ‘the now’? Having some ‘you time’ built into your day can help clear your head, keep you organised (see tip 1), and overall give your brain a rest. It also helps you to focus your time on your family, friends, your special interests outside of work, and can actually HELP you to be creative and apply any of your ‘you time’ thoughts to your job. I actually schedule 15 minutes of ‘Think Time’ each day, where I’m away from my computer and phone and focus on the elements of my day that need the most focus. It allows me to take a step back and re-prioritise my day/to do’s/etc.

Just Breathe (Woosah)

Sometimes things just get so busy you don’t know what to do. Trust me, I’ve been there. Whether strategy and budget planning, a brand new project kicked off, or it’s the end of the year – it can get crazy. Remember, take a breath. Just do one thing at a time. It will all get done. You’re organised, you’ve taken your ‘You Time’ and have a plan of action and are geared for success. Meditation is not for everyone, but breathing is. Just remember to take a step back, think about your priorities, breathe and go. We have such an amazing and close-knit Talent Acquisition team who truly lives by the CA Mission and helps me to get back to my ‘Woosah’ place when its needed.

Forget Being Perfect

No one, I repeat, no one is perfect – so why should you be? Being perfect puts a lot of pressure on yourself, plus can take more time to deliver your work. Are you being efficient when trying to be perfect? Probably not. Are you stressing yourself out, spending more time at work, and less time on you?  Probably. I was recently doing a bit of research for this post and found this quote from a Forbes.com article,  “As you climb the ladder at work and as your family grows, your responsibilities mushroom. Perfectionism becomes out of reach, and if that habit is left unchecked, it can become destructive…”. And do I know that to be true. I wish I could do it all, and all at once. I tried it…it worked for all of 5 minutes, and then I crashed, burned and was completely burnt out. You can be great and you don’t need to be perfect to do so.

Finding your balance isn’t easy. I’ve started to integrate my life with my work in some areas such as sending my son to our Montessori Programme, which I wrote about in an earlier post. No one way is the magic key to solve the ever-so-tricky question of work-life balance, but you can find the key that works best for you and find your happy place.