5 Post Open Enrollment Survey Questions To Ask Your Employees For Actionable Next Steps

Written by Allison Loehman | December 9, 2018

Congratulations, Benefits Professionals — you've accomplished another year's open enrollment! Whether you survived — or thrived — you have an opportunity to lead your organization's benefit evaluation.

It's time to charge full speed ahead with your open enrollment post-mortem strategy. By analyzing what went right, and what could be improved, you can help ensure an easier, more effective process for next year. This blog post helps you take actionable steps to collect, analyze and act upon data from four key groups:

  1. Employees
  2. Internal stakeholders
  3. Your benefits broker
  4. Your technology partner

With information from these four groups, you're on your way to all the information you'll need to improve your benefits strategy for next year.

But let's take this seemingly monstrous task and break it down into manageable chunks. Rather than looking at every group, let's start by focusing on the first, and most important, group you need to survey.

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How to Strengthen the Employee Benefits Experience to Differentiate Your Company in a Competitive Labor Market [Part 4]

Written by Allison Loehman | November 21, 2018

If you've been following along with our four-part series, you are well on your way to crafting a strategy that aims to strengthen the employee benefits experience — all with the intention of helping your company attract and retain the right employees in today's competitive labor market.

With a solid strategy developed, and S.M.A.R.T goals determined, and the right benefit enrollment system selected for your requirements, you may be tempted to remove your foot from the gas and start working on other projects. Perhaps you are hoping that the upcoming open enrollment experience delivers the results you've planned for. However, hope is not a strategy! And easing up now can be the difference between providing a "good" benefits experience or an "exceptional" benefits experience for your employees. 

That's why in Part Four, we'll wrap up our series with some suggestions around strategy execution, and position a new normal: year-round benefits communication.

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How to Strengthen the Employee Benefits Experience to Differentiate Your Company in a Competitive Labor Market [Part 3]

Written by Allison Loehman | November 16, 2018

We've reached the halfway point of our four-part series in which we break down the top ways HR teams can strengthen the employee benefits experience to differentiate their business in today's competitive labor market. 

Part Three is by far our favorite topic to provide counsel on - how to take advantage of modern benefits administration software to deliver a better benefits experience for your employees.  Leading benefits administration platforms are designed to enhance the employee experience and eliminate paper processes while helping employers highlight available offerings and drive engagement.

However, as with any software, there are a lot of options out there, so it's crucial to define the key capabilities your organization will evaluate when comparing providers. We'll walk you through how to identify these, in the section below. 

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How to Strengthen the Employee Benefits Experience to Differentiate Your Company in a Competitive Labor Market [Part 2]

Written by Allison Loehman | November 9, 2018

Welcome back to our four-part series designed to help you strengthen your benefits experience so you can differentiate your business in today's competitive labor market.

In Part Two, this blog will discuss why goal setting is important and provide examples of key goals you may want to track.

Last week, in Part One, we examined how you could update your benefits strategy by reviewing your existing benefits mix, digging into your current participation data, and examining your past communication plan. If you missed Part One, go back and read it here.

Now, armed with these insights and key pieces of data, you are ready for Part Two: Define Your Goals.

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How to Strengthen the Employee Benefits Experience to Differentiate Your Company in a Competitive Labor Market [Part 1]

Written by Allison Loehman | November 2, 2018

Creating a premium benefits experience is one way companies today can differentiate themselves in a competitive labor market. But too often, benefits selection is treated as an annual event instead of an ongoing and evolving journey.

However, with clear goal-setting, tools designed to meet the needs of modern workers, and a solid strategy for open enrollment communication, you can increase employee satisfaction and loyalty while strengthening your company’s appeal to new candidates. In a tight labor market, that’s exactly the kind of competitive positioning employers need.

With that in mind, join us for part one of a four-part series designed to help you strengthen your benefits experience so you can differentiate your business in today's competitive labor market.

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5 LinkedIn Posts You May Have Missed — Plus a Bonus!

Written by Julia Goebel | October 13, 2018

Let's face it; annual enrollment is a busy time, and chances are  you might be playing catch-up. Here's a quick refresher on topics you may have missed on your LinkedIn feed.

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3 Benefits of Automating the Work Opportunity Tax Credit

Written by benefitexpress | September 28, 2018

HR pros, if you follow our blog, you may already know that the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a valuable employer incentive. As outlined by the United States Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration (ETA), it allows for an employer credit for hiring employees who may face barriers to employment. Compliance with the requirements to earn the incentive – up to $9,600 over one to two years – can be challenging; however, automation can make it easy.

Keep reading to see how automation can help solve the most common WOTC challenges and improve the overall application process for your organization.

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benefitexpress Releases Best Practices for an Effective Open Enrollment Communication Strategy

Written by benefitexpress | September 27, 2018

benefitexpress, the leading provider of cloud-based technology solutions and services for employee benefits administration, releases best practices for an effective enrollment communication strategy ahead of open enrollment planning season. As featured in benefitexpress’ Annual Enrollment Survival Guide, these practical ideas and tips are designed to assist benefits professionals in human resources roles with a successful open enrollment season.

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4 Best Practices for Year-Round Benefits Communication

Written by Christine Frisch | September 13, 2018

It's no surprise that technology has shifted the way that people digest information. Long, in-depth publications have their place, but if there's something that needs to be communicated on a yearly basis, such as benefits administration, then a one-time campaign will no longer cut it.

To really engage your employees, develop an ongoing communication plan. Check out these best practices to supercharge your benefits communication.

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23 Key Criteria for Evaluating a Benefits Administration Partner

Written by Christine Frisch | September 7, 2018

With 2019 on the horizon, you may be ramping up to, or in the middle of business planning. Perhaps you've decided to add a new, or enhance an existing benefits enrollment technology strategy. A quick Google search confirms that there are a lot of options out there. So where do you begin? What qualities are important in the evaluation process, and how do you know when a benefits administration vendor is the right fit for your business? 

Don't worry – we'll make this easy for you. Use our 23-point checklist as a guide for evaluating potential benefits administration partners.

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