Employee Benefits: A Move Toward Holistic Well-being

“If we leave the human factor out of our business calculations, we shall be wrong every time.”  – William H. Lever, founder of Lever Brothers Born in the 1850s, Lever was before his time—understanding the importance…


It's Time to E-N-R-O-LL!

Stop Me if You’ve Heard This Before… Part of surviving open enrollment is taking time to laugh! For all those “If I had a nickel…” moments, mark it on this bingo card. Who will win on your HR team? Download BINGO Card…


Three Tips on Nailing Your HSA Communications

Are you introducing a Health Savings Account (HSA) with your medical benefits this year? Or trying to improve engagement of HSAs because (as you know!) they’re undervalued by employees? Or maybe you have employees who…


Westcomm Launches 2021 Benefits Communications Survey

We are excited to announce that our 2021 Benefits Communications Survey is ready for you to provide input and insight!  About the Survey We are working with a third-party independent research firm* to deploy this…


Introducing a Narrow Network? Avoid These 3 Communication Missteps.

Narrow provider networks are becoming more prevalent with health insurance providers. If this is a new element of your company’s medical plan offering, it’s important that you educate employees on how narrow networks…


6 Tips to Keep your HR/Benefits Portal Humming

Employees need an online space to find everything they need to know about their benefits. While we always encourage employers to build a benefits website (especially one outside of the firewall so spouses can access…


5 Ways to Hit the Mark with Your 'Return to Work' Employee Communications

We’re starting to see companies return employees to office workplaces. As that happens, reactions will be varied. Some are ready to be back with their colleagues. Others are reluctant to return—perhaps they’ve come to…


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Begin Planning Now for Benefits Open Enrollment

As you begin planning for your company’s next benefits open enrollment, the best place to start is with last year’s process. Did you meet your goals? What kind of feedback did you get from employees? What…


Four Tips to Help You Personalize Employee Retirement Communications 

Are your employees prepared for retirement? The vast majority of employees would answer “no” to that question.  A benefits pro article revealed that only 35% of retirees feel adequately prepared financially—and 25%…


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5 Things to Know about Building Resiliency in Your Workforce

It’s difficult to think of COVID-19 in a positive way, but one beneficial outcome of the pandemic is greater awareness and intention around mental wellness. More than ever before, employers understand the value of…


Employee Benefits: Three Important Trends for 2021

Employee Benefits: Three Important Trends for 2021

With benefit communications as one of our specialties, our team at Westcomm is always absorbing all we can about benefit trends. We recently reviewed MetLife’s U.S. Employee Benefit Trends Study, which examines…


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COVID Vaccine Communications: What Role Will Your Organization Play?

Last year, employers found themselves communicating regularly about protocols that had never been part of their standard operating procedures before this. Now things like social distancing and wearing a face mask are…


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Your Internal Communications Should Meet Diverse Employee Demographics

The demographics of today’s workforce has changed considerably in recent years—if not drastically in 2020 alone. In addition to more employees working from home (and many also managing e-learning for their kids),…


An Employee Benefits Survey Shows Employees You Care (And Can Benefit Your Company, Too)

An Employee Benefits Survey Shows Employees You Care (And Can Benefit Your Company, Too)

Employees want to know their companies cares about them. This has been particularly evident as we’ve navigated COVID-19 and the ways in which it has impacted daily home and work schedules of employees everywhere. One…


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How to Use Data to Make Your Benefits Communications Relevant & Meaningful

When it comes to benefits communications, one size does not fit all. In fact, it’s almost guaranteed if you try to tell every employee everything about benefits—whether or not it applies to them—your communications will fail to resonate with a large…


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Support Tools Help Your Employees Make Medical Plan Decisions

“How do I know which medical plan to choose?” It’s one of the most common questions employees ask when they are choosing benefits. While employees like having a choice of medical plans, they often feel unsure about which plan makes the most sense…


Employee Communications – Start the Year Right

Start the Year off Right with 10 Employee Benefits Reminders

We realize you just finished (survived) open enrollment, and the last thing you want to do is think about communicating any more about benefits. However, the start of new year is one of the best times to make benefits…


“Self-Care” Not a Buzz Word; Offer Your Employees Mental Health Support

Across the globe, employers are seeing the need to scale-up their investments in mental health. Employee wellness programs are moving beyond gym memberships and instead providing support for employee mental well-being, including tools such as…


Are Your Benefits Family Friendly?

This OE, Highlight Your Family-Friendly Benefits

The Open Enrollment season is just around the corner, and let’s face it – things are still looking pretty different this year. Normally, we recommend focusing Open Enrollment communications exclusively on the benefits…


Health Is More Than You Realize – Employee Engagement Campaign

There’s a lot of talk about social determinants of health. But what exactly does that term mean? What are social determinants of health and how do they impact work within social services? And, most importantly, how…


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Increase Employee Engagement Through Visual Design

Let’s face it: It is frustrating when employees pay little attention to your communications, especially after you spend a considerable amount of time crafting the right message. However, do you put the same thought…


Four Ingredients for a Great Benefits Website

Four Ingredients for a Great Benefits Website

Organizations spend millions of dollars annually to provide benefits to their employees. Yet, many employees don’t understand their benefits—let alone realize the value of what they are being provided. An effective…


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Virtual Employee Orientation: Better Now Than Ever

Hybrid workforces are becoming more and more common for employers. With some employees in the office and others at home, an online orientation process makes good sense. If your company pivoted to a virtual process…


Telehealth’s Moment Amid COVID-19

Telehealth is not new. In fact, many providers have been trying to get some traction with telehealth for years. It has been used in some situations, such as for a sick kid away at college or an ill family member on…


Don’t Leave Your Employees Behind in the Onboarding Process

We all know the importance of creating excellent first impressions, but have you considered that it applies to your new employees, too? Your company’s onboarding process sets the tone and shapes employees’…