#WednesdayWisdom Tip No. 1 for Open Enrollment

This week’s #WednesdayWisdom provides a timely tip for #HR professionals from Human Capital Solutions Managing Director Sara Choate!

There’s a chill in the air and evening sunlight is fading faster every day. It can only mean one thing. Pumpkin Spice Lattes? Bonfires? Football season? No! Open enrollment season is upon us. For many organizations, fall represents the annual period when employees may elect or change the benefit options available through their employer, such as health, dental, and life insurance and ancillary or voluntary benefits.

Often, this time is viewed as a mundane, administrative, and frankly, a bit of a burden for the employees and human resources. It doesn’t have to be this way. Open enrollment is a prime opportunity to openly communicate, showcase your benefits, and hopefully have some fun – all ways to help engage and retain your workforce. It’s also easier than you might think.

Over the next few weeks we’ll discuss simple tips on how to transform open enrollment into an amazing employee experience. Here’s tip number one: communicate with your broker – early and often!

Your broker should be a strategic business partner, working with you to help meet organizational goals. I have heard horror stories of employers not receiving final renewal numbers until a week before enrollment forms are due. This isn’t acceptable and puts everyone in a terrible position. Start communicating with your broker at least six months in advance of open enrollment. Explain your expectations and your desire to make open enrollment a positive employee experience.

#HRConsulting #HumanResources #OpenEnrollment #KPMNews

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