Open Enrollment Survival Kit

Whether you want to explore new paths or revisit your favorite sites, this Survival Kit can help you navigate the open enrollment landscape.

Tip #1

The Plan Starts Before You Launch

The first rules of hiking: Know your terrain and dress for the weather. Whether you’re an experienced hiker or new to the journey, assessing your resources is vital to making it to the top of the mountain–especially when there’s a monumental goal on the horizon.

Survey your resources.

Decide what needs to be done (and in what order). Then hurry and get to work before the weather changes. It’s time to evaluate last year’s plan and your current workforce. Need a trail guide? We’ve got you covered.

How to Begin Planning for Open Enrollment

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Tip #2

Execute Your Plan

Your body is less dense than quicksand, and you can’t fully sink unless you panic or you’re weighed down by something heavy. Move horizontally, lay back, create a larger footprint. Remember, when time is vital, you’ll need a clear course of action.

The name of the game: flexibility and a plan. 

If you want to come out of this year’s open enrollment unscathed, a plan makes all the difference. Remember that plans can quickly go out the window. But that’s okay. Stay calm and focused with our tools that help keep your head above the sand.

How to Plan Your Open Enrollment
Tip #3

Aarrrrrr! Need Support?

When you’re out on the high seas and suddenly have to defend your vessels, there’s one thing you’ll want: A crew that operates like a well-oiled machine. When everyone is on the same page, you’ll be able to communicate effortlessly to defuse any threats quickly. No treasure today, matey!

Trust in your first mate.

You’ll need someone to take charge, lead the ship to safety and take stock to make sure all available resources from the ship are retrieved and easily accessible. And remember—OE can be a high stress situation, so communicate using easy-to-understand language and visuals.

5 Support Tools Your Employees Want
Tip #4

Be Ready for Any Situation

When the going gets tough, the tough get rolling! If the terrain is wobbly and you’re about to fall off your bike, then your best maneuver is the dive roll. Although your instincts may tell you to put your hands out and brace for the fall, a tuck-and-roll is the most effective way to land safely.

Communicating changes involves planning and strategic messaging.  

And being ready for the unexpected. A checklist keeps your to-dos straight; so if (when!) obstacles arise, you’re still able to communicate effectively and prepare employees for the transition.

How to Create a Big Change Checklist
Tip #5

Lost? We Think Not. 

When you find yourself turned around, remember that in the northern hemisphere, the sun’s highest point during the day is directly south. Is it dark? Find the Big Dipper and follow the right side to find the North Star. When you know what to look for, you’ll be well on your way to finding your path forward.

Everyone loves trends, but they are not one-size-fits-all. 

What’s your environment like? Is it swampy or lush and inviting? Have your hiking partners had a good night’s rest? Are they prepared and ready to go? Find what’s right for your adventure, so you don’t get lost following the wrong paths.

How to Gain Traction With Your Communications
Tip #6

It’s Time to Be a Big Deal.

Stand your ground and face your furry, black bear friend directly. Make yourself as big as possible with your arms outstretched—or better yet, your coat. Then make all the noise you can! The bear is more afraid of you. When you understand that, you’ll be safer.

Say it like you mean it. 

When you understand your employees’ motivations for choosing benefits, you’ll find better ways to communicate with them. The situation isn’t as daunting or scary as you might think. It’s science actually! Know the motivations… know how to influence decisions.

Use Behavioral Science To Improve Your Communications

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