If there’s such a thing as a human resources boogeyman, this is it. There are few things that strike fear into the hearts of HR leaders quite like open enrollment, or the sliver of time employees have to select their benefits each year. While your actual enrollment period rarely extends beyond a few weeks, behind-the-scenes planning can take as long as six months. Adding insult to injury, 50 percent of employees will rate your efforts as average or worse.
Whether this is your first go-around or fifteenth, welcome to open enrollment bootcamp! From how to shop for plans to how to draft an employee communication strategy, we’ve put everything you need to know in one place. In our new guide, How to Run Open Enrollment Like a Pro, we’ll cover how to:
Build a competitive benefits package
Leverage voluntary benefits
Evaluate and implement enrollment software
Communicate with employees via email and in-person
Run a post-mortem and plan for next year
We know the benefits industry loves jargon—that’s why we included a handy benefits glossary as well. Never mistake a DPO for a PPO or EPO ever again.