Is your open enrollment process as good as it can be? Is it showing off your company’s employee-friendly culture and competitive benefits? Take a look at the following signs to show that it might time to re-boot your OE strategy and take it completely virtual!
- EMPLOYEES DON’T HEAR ABOUT OPEN ENROLLMENT UNTIL…OPEN ENROLLMENT
Reaching out to employees with open enrollment messages early and often boosts their awareness and interest in what you’re planning. New resources on the Intranet? Special workshops? Changes to your health plan? It’s all newsworthy—so start thinking about how you can get your employees excited about it.
- OPEN ENROLLMENT DOESN’T HAVE TO BURN OUT YOUR HR TEAM
Maybe it was answering the same 5 questions over and over. Or the long days tracking employees down to complete their enrollment. Your open enrollment doesn’t need to be such a tiring endeavor. There are steps you can take to free up HR time to focus on the important issues —and avoid exhaustion.
- YOUR EMPLOYEES ARE STILL CONFUSED ABOUT THEIR BENEFITS
HMO, PPO, HDHP, HSA, FSA…The alphabet soup of benefits terms can be hard to digest. The complexity and volume of need-to-share topics can be overwhelming for everyone. Whether your HR materials are filled with jargon—or not detailed enough—you need to assess what you’ve got and taken steps to simplify.
- YOUR OPEN ENROLLMENT COMMUNICATIONS AREN’T DIGITAL
If you’re not using a wide array of communication methods to reach your employees —and not taking advantage of web-based and digital content to fully engage them—you’re missing out on lots of opportunities to meaningfully connect. Your employees also need an easy way to share benefits information with their family members. Make your OE completely virtual this year with digital documents and virtual health fairs.
- YOU LEAVE THE NUMBER CRUNCHING TO ACCOUNTING
Even if you don’t have robust system analytics in place, you can start small. Identify a few key goals for the upcoming open enrollment season: higher participation in your wellness program, more enrollments on your company intranet, or reduced OE related print expenses. Collect the relevant data and set some benchmarks for the future.
- ONBOARDING WAS THE LAST TIME EMPLOYEES SAW YOUR BENEFITS OFFERINGS
If you’re not taking opportunities throughout the year, including open enrollment season, to re-introduce your workforce to the benefits you offer, they might be missing some tremendous perks. Working benefits conversations into the HR calendar can lead to better plan participation and higher employee satisfaction.