Communication strategies refined as open enrollment season looms
In this Employee Benefits News article previewing open enrollment season, Jen explains why “it’s always a good idea to encourage employees to [actively] re-enroll,” and why employers may want to steer employees toward specific benefits.
Why do HR professionals "fall into" benefits? Employee benefits touch the health and financial security of nearly all Americans and millions of people globally. Jen discusses the next generation of benefits leaders in the latest issue of Workforce magazine.
It is far less expensive for organizations to keep good employees than replace them. Among the steps organizations can take to retain employees are those that address the fundamental needs of people to be safe, healthy, and well. According to a 2015 Benz Communications survey, 64 percent of employees in organizations believed to effectively promote health and well-being say they plan to continue working in those businesses for at least the next five years.
Listening In (With Permission): Jen Benz on how personalizing employee communications can change health care
Jen joins Suzanne Delbanco of Catalyst for Payment Reform in this podcast to discuss a range of topics related to employee benefits communication, including personalized messaging, technology trends, privacy concerns, and the age old challenge of getting consumers to engage with their health.
Ready for Prime Time? Using Video in Benefits Communication
Thanks to YouTube and smartphones, video has become ubiquitous on the internet, in social media and, increasingly, in employee benefits communication. Jon Stuckey, our director of creative technology and innovation, weighs in on the best ways to use video for benefits communication.
To truly excel in HR and benefits is to have an impact on your organization that extends far beyond annual enrollment numbers and upticks in wellness screenings. Catherine Dodd, who recently retired as Director of the San Francisco Health Service System, did all this, and more. In her May column, Jen reflects on Catherine’s legacy and the impact she made not only on her employees, but also on the community at large.
How employers can effectively communicate with employees about healthcare and wellness
Health care is one of the most important benefits employees will take advantage of in their careers, but many employees don’t think about or fully understand their benefits until they have a situation where they need to use them.
In this interview series focused on how health savings accounts will impact the future of health care, UMB Healthcare Services President Ben Morris kicks off part one with Jen, who discusses how employers can help employees better understand their health care options and benefits. The interview, originally posted on UMB’s blog, is featured in the May issue of America’s Benefits Specialist.
As the “employee wellness” gives way to a more holistic definition of employee well-being, employers are moving away from the one-size fits-all strategy for workplace wellness programs. In her March column for Workforce, Jen offers four approaches for building a successful wellness program in this new environment.
In a world of benefits challenges, getting the word out about what you offer is the most important step you can take toward ensuring a successful benefits program. No matter what the benefit challenge or goal, communication has the power to connect with employees in a meaningful way, improving both your benefits program and workforce engagement. In fact, Jen and senior consultant Rita Harris write in HR Executive, 93% of companies that communicate year-round met all or most of their goals.