Is 2017 shaping up to be a year of few or no benefits changes? Take advantage of this incredible opportunity to strengthen the value proposition of your benefits, and help employees get the most out of the programs you offer.
Mergers and acquisitions—along with employees’ uncertainty about their jobs—are at an all-time high, and there’s no sign that they’re on the decline. While there is no shortage of information about how to successfully execute an M&A from a financial perspective, there’s been less attention paid to the human side of the equation—a key reason why so many of these business realignments fail. Learn how an effective change management communication strategy that keeps the value of employee benefits top of mind can address key employee concerns up front, help foster trust, and deliver business results.
Far too many Americans’ financial success is left up to chance. And, for many people, the cards are just plain stacked against them. This is why financial wellness has captured employers’ attention the past few years—why we’re seeing it in the headlines, and why, as an industry, we should be doing so much more to help. It isn’t enough to look at which new programs or solutions can help educate employees; my July 2016 column in Workforce magazine explores the role automation can play in taking the guesswork out of financial wellness, and creating paths that lead to optimal financial outcomes.
After you’ve spent months pouring your heart and soul into developing and rolling out your communications campaign, there’s nothing more inspiring than hearing from employees about what’s working well for them—or learning what isn’t so you can make real-time adjustments. That’s why we advise benefits teams to include feedback in their communication strategy. Hear some of the amazing things our clients’ employees say about their benefits communications.
Here at Benz Communications, we spend our days advocating for more and better benefits communication, so we’re always excited when we see companies put this into practice. This is why I was thrilled to say “yes,” when benefits giant Ameritas asked me to participate in a series of thought leadership videos for its employer clients.
In today’s benefits world—where a company’s workforce can span three distinct generations—it’s no surprise that your core benefits menu isn’t going to please everyone all of the time, or even some of the time. Voluntary benefits have supplemented core benefits in one way or another since the 1960s. When deployed successfully, they can wield tremendous power, single-handedly improving employee satisfaction, increasing your employee value proposition (EVP), and distinguishing your company among competitors for the best and brightest employees. Our latest blog shows you how to make this happen.
A recent project kickoff for a new client offered the perfect reminder of why—when you’re developing benefits communications—it’s so important not to think about “the average employee” of a workforce but, instead, about individual employees and their unique challenges.
If you’re a benefits provider, employee engagement with your product or service is the key to your success—and future sales. Investing in communications to drive employee engagement can make the difference between a limp product launch and a breakout sensation.
We’re frequently asked when employers should start investing more time, energy, and money in employee benefits communication. Learn when companies need to re-evaluate their benefits communication—and add more resources to support it.
Despite some improvements in the tools offered by Leave of Absence (LOA) administrators, LOA remains a major pain point for many employers (and employees). Read on to learn five tangible ways you can leverage technology to improve your employees’ leave experience.