Everyone says, “This year, open enrollment will be different!”

Open enrollment ranks among the top five things employers hate most.

There’s the struggle of finalizing rates and benefits, getting all the materials for employees, determining dates when everyone will be there to get the information, and then getting all the forms back and loaded into the various systems. And to top it off, this is all usually happening during the most wonderful time of the year! Yep, during the holiday season.

I sympathize, I really do. But I also feel confident that you did some of this to yourself. Lack of planning is the reason many of my clients struggle. Each January 1, they swear that this year will be different.

You know that age-old definition of insanity, right? So, let’s do it differently this year and I guarantee a different outcome.

Follow these simple steps for stress-free open enrollment in 2019.

Open enrollment is also an excellent time to clean house. Remind employees an ex might get their life insurance if they don’t update their beneficiary form. Oh, and if you have to rush them to the hospital, are you calling the ex or their current spouse? So yeah, let’s get that emergency contact form updated, shall we?

A little planning will go a long way when it comes to successful and stress-free open enrollment.

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