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The Ultimate Guide to Preparing for 2021 Virtual Open Enrollment

Sep 8, 2021 9:56:25 AM / by Picwell

The pandemic accelerated the virtualization of most interactions and processes -- and open enrollment is no different. Due to necessity, you’ve managed to run your annual enrollment season from afar without the usual in-person meetings or benefits fair in the cafeteria. 

But, even though the pandemic will eventually end, virtual open enrollments are here to stay. So, to make sure you’re as prepared as possible for this year’s event (and every one thereafter), we’ve compiled our best resources for you to consult. Click on the links below to explore the ultimate guide to preparing for 2021 virtual open enrollment.

Committing to Virtual Open Enrollments

Before you do anything else, you need to commit to this new way of running open enrollment. This article explores why you can’t go back to the way things were and shares what your employees need and expect from you.

Understanding Your Employees’ Needs

Over time, your employees’ circumstances, lifestyles, and preferences change. When they do, it’s up to you to make sure your firm’s benefits package still aligns with their needs. In this blog post, we cover how to adapt your suite of perks, current benefits trends to focus on, and best practices for informing workers about their options.

Crafting an Effective Communication Strategy

The most impressive benefits package is useless if your employees don’t know what you offer or how to take advantage of it. This post discusses how to build an effective communication strategy for a successful virtual open enrollment. That way, your team members get the information and guidance that they need. As a bonus, we’ve also written about the specific emails you should send pre, during, and post-open enrollment.

Using Webinars to Your Advantage

Emails can be an effective way to reach your workforce - if your employees read them. But, if they don’t, or they’re auditory or visual learners, webinars can be a smart addition to your communication strategy. In this article, we discuss how to create and present a compelling webinar and best practices for a successful event.

Evaluating Benefits Decision Support Solutions

A benefits decision support solution can help your team members choose the right benefit plans for their situation, leading to cost savings for both them and your company. This piece discusses why you should consider implementing a decision support tool, what to look for when comparing your options, and how Picwell stacks up against the competition.

Being Prepared For The New Normal

If the upcoming open enrollment season makes you feel overwhelmed or panicky, don’t worry. We’re here to support you and your workforce so that your employees get the coverage they need without overpaying to get it.

It’s safe to say that we’ll be conducting much of our business remotely for the foreseeable future - even after the threat of the pandemic is over. So, while it may be tempting to long for how we did things in the past, we need to stay current and move forward. Our ultimate guide to preparing for 2021 virtual open enrollment will help you do just that.

Want to see how Picwell can help you run a successful virtual open enrollment? Schedule a free demo today!

Topics: Open Enrollment, Benefits Decision Support, virtual open enrollment, benefits communications


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