Your team works hard to offer a broad range of benefits to keep employees happy and healthy. But, even if your organization offers the best benefits in the world, they’re only valuable if your employees are enrolling in, and using, them. Keeping benefits engagement steady (and working on ways to improve it!) are crucial to ensuring your benefits programs are successful.
So you’ve evaluated your benefits offering and have decided to stick with the same plans for this year’s open enrollment. Without any new benefits to offer, you probably feel like it will be difficult to get employees excited about their benefits. Many will just stick with the same plan because it’s comfortable and easy. But that’s not always the best option - and it will be your job to show them that.
The past several years have thrown a wrench into the way your employees live their lives and make decisions - especially when it comes to health care benefits.
Most Millennials are now seasoned professionals, and the competition to recruit them is fierce. So, if you want your company to be an employer of choice among this workforce-dominating generation, you must tailor your benefits package and administrative approach to their needs. According to a recent AFLAC survey, 34% of Millennials have rejected a job offer due to dissatisfaction with the benefits provided.
Let's face it. The last couple of years have not been easy. Between budget cuts, the need to learn new technology on the fly, and other unprecedented, pandemic-related challenges, your institution’s faculty and staff have been put through the wringer these past two years. And so have you. As an HR professional in higher education, you’ve been forced to wear more hats than usual, as you plan ‘return to campus’ strategies and work to keep your teams happy and healthy as uncertainty continues to loom.
Your workforce is becoming increasingly diverse, and in order to stay competitive, your benefits have to follow suit. That means your suite of perks must cater to the unique needs of women, people of color, LGBTQ+ team members, veterans, workers with disabilities, and every other group that you employ. According to the recent Willis Towers Watson Emerging Trends in Health Care Survey, more than 70% of polled employers plan to redesign their benefits using a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) lens as their guide.
You did it! You made it through another challenging open enrollment season. But, that doesn’t mean your work is done. After a quick breather, it’s a good idea to jump right into strategic planning for next year because as you know, the earlier you start, the more effective and efficient your open enrollment will be. In this article, we’ll share the top four metrics you should consider to evaluate open enrollment success and help guide your strategy for the next year.
So your last team member has enrolled in their benefits, and you breathe a huge sigh of relief that open enrollment is over. But, while you should celebrate for a moment, it’s important to remember that your work isn’t done yet. Your employees will still need your support throughout the year. Here's what your employees need after open enrollment to get the most out of their benefits.
This year’s open enrollment is fast approaching, and with ‘return to work’ plans largely up in the air, you will more than likely be running it virtually. While it might sound daunting, it’s important to remember that there are many benefits to running a virtual open enrollment. For example, it helps you reach employees no matter where they are, and no matter what schedules they work. However, strong communication will be key to ensure success. In this blog, we’ll show you how to build an effective communication strategy for a virtual open enrollment - and we’re even providing a timeline to help you stay on track.
As you know, all of your employees need to learn about, understand, and take full advantage of their benefits packages this year. To help them accomplish this, you must communicate benefits-related information in various ways to make sure you're reaching team members where they are. In our last blog, we reviewed the emails you need to send to ensure success this open enrollment season. This week is all about webinars! A webinar can be an excellent way to broadcast your benefits message and encourage employee participation. Here are six quick tips to make sure your next webinar is effective.