Four Employee Benefit Communications Trends to Make Traction in Your Organization

What’s the best way to communicate with employees about benefits? We commonly get that question, and the answer is—there’s not just one way. Benefit communications don’t have a one-size-fits-all solution. And there are a lot of reasons for that:…


Three Simple Ways to Help Your Employees Understand the No Surprise Act

The No Surprises Act, which took effect on Jan. 1, 2022, means healthcare providers and insurance companies can no longer charge you for out-of-network care for most emergency services and non-emergency services (e.g., radiology,…


Promoting HR Benefits to Employees Year-round

Companies spend big bucks on employee benefits—millions of dollars in many cases. Naturally, they want employees to understand the value of those benefits as part of their overall compensation. Yet many companies only communicate about…


Recruit and Retain Employees with Effective Benefit Communications

It’s no surprise to any HR professional what a critical role benefits play in recruitment and retention. Yet many companies fail to leverage their benefits package in their communications. Too many recruitment materials don’t effectively explain the…


How Our Clients Pivoted Their Benefit Communications During Open Enrollment

Benefit communications have always been an important—if not overlooked—part of employee communications. But in this new world of an ongoing pandemic, remote workforces and the Great Resignation, employers and employees alike realize that…


6 Benefits Communication Trends to Watch in 2022

The last couple of years have brought unique challenges to both employees and the workplace. As a result, what is important to employees continues to evolve when it pertains to their benefits. Here are six trends in benefits…


Open Enrollment is Over. Now What?

It’s tempting to avoid thinking about benefits communications for a while. We get it. Open enrollment takes it out of you; you need to catch your breath. However, don’t let too much time pass because the truth is the ideal time to assess…


Begin Well: 10 Benefits Reminders for 2022 

The start of new year is prime time to make benefits communications a priority. Employees have a fresh mindset. They’ve made resolutions and declarations to better themselves. We encourage you to help your employees start the year off…


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 of holistic health…


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 You…


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 are confused about…


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 study to learn:…


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 work—and the pros and…


Make Your HR Portal a Resource Your Employees Actually Use

Updated February 2022 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 and…


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 enjoy working…


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Begin Planning Now for Benefits Open Enrollment

Updated April 2022 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 communication…


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% fear they will outlive…


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5 Things to Know about Building Resiliency in Your Workforce

Updated April 2022 If COVID-19, the Great Recession, supply-demand issues and worker shortages have taught us anything over the past couple years, it’s this: employers must elevate efforts around mental wellness. Increase awareness. Talk…


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 workplace dynamics and how…


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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 a normal part of…


Know Your Demographics

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), we’re seeing older…


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 way to demonstrate…


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

Updated April 2022 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 every benefit, your communications will fail to resonate with a large portion…


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Support Tools Help Your Employees Make Medical Plan Decisions

Updated February 2022 “How do I know which medical plan to choose?” We’ve never done a survey on it, but we’d guess this is the number one question asked during open enrolment and new employee orientation. While employees like having a choice of…


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 communications a…