Benefits Blog: Tips for a Successful Open Enrollment

Once a year, the floodgates fly open and a benefits bonanza begins.  It’s Open Enrollment, a slice of time when employers make benefits packages available to employees, who must then sift through options on the way to selecting the best protections for them and their families.

Open Enrollment can be overwhelming. Employees can re-evaluate their current benefits and make 
changes for the coming year, while employers must choose a 
benefits package that balances cost and value and facilitate 
the enrollment process.

Benefit
 offerings change as new demands on employees 
and employers arise. To make the
 process as smooth as possible, employers must educate and communicate with their employees 
effectively.

As employer-sponsored benefits transition to more voluntary, employee-paid or employee-subsidized offerings, employees must assume more control in making smart decisions. Benefit information should be conveyed in an easy-to-understand format providing essential information, along with any additional helpful resources.

The typical Open Enrollment process looks like this:

Notification: Employers send out an organization-wide announcement alerting employees that open enrollment will begin shortly.

Receipt: Employers distribute information about benefit plans, selection information and the appropriate forms to their employees, as well as information from selections made the previous year. 
Employers may offer employees additional information as appropriate to assist in decision-making.

Deliberation: Employees research available options and discuss with family to determine which benefits they will select for the coming year.

Decision: Employees select their benefits.

The Open Enrollment process can be improved by:

— Establishing solid communication between the HR department and employees.

— Surveying the employee population to determine their priorities.

— Customizing benefits and information resources to the life stages of your employees.

There’s a lot riding on the process and the decisions made during Open Enrollment, but by taking some strategic steps, all parties can emerge from the experience feeling good about the choices made and the benefits to be provided over the coming year.

Contact the Benefits Team at The Reschini Group for more help with your Open Enrollment questions.


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The Reschini Group provides these updates for information only, and does not provide legal advice.  To make decisions regarding insurance matters, please consult directly with a licensed insurance professional or firm.

Back to Basics: Top Five Ways to Avoid a Cyber Attack

Hackers and digital saboteurs are here to stay.  But that doesn’t mean surrendering to their threats and actions.  Sometimes the best ways are the tried and true ones, and that is generally true when it comes to cybersecurity, as well.

According to Cybersecurity Insiders*, here are the top five ways to protect your company from a cyber attack:

Hardware: Have secure and sophisticated hardware, which is password protected and backed up by two-way authentication. Also, it is better if you don’t overlook the effectiveness of protecting your data storage drivers. Because if neglected, then it gives an opportunity to anyone and everyone to walk away with your firm’s sensitive data.

Physical Security: Most data breaches occur when stolen equipment reaches the hands of hackers. For instance, if an employee loses his/her laptop, then sensitive data can easily reach the bad guys.  So, outline physical security strategies storing the data on the cloud, which is protected by multiple security layers, and imposing responsible security policies among all employees.

Encrypting Data:  Encrypted data becomes useless to a hacker, most of whom could not break into the encryption in the first place.

Backing Up Data: Having a backup copy of the latest data protects you even if a hacker accesses your system.  The backup needs to be done in an effective manner and must be in an immediately retrievable form.

Cybersecurity Insurance: Should an attack occur, most cybersecurity policies today not only cover the financial loss caused from data theft but also help in co-paying the costs involved in recovering data, including paying data recovery experts and buying new hardware and software.

Don’t let your guard down.  Protect what’s yours.  The professionals at The Reschini Group are available to help determine some appropriate options for your specific circumstances.

* https://www.cybersecurity-insiders.com/ways-to-prevent-cyber-attacks-on-your-company/


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The Reschini Group provides these updates for information only, and does not provide legal advice.  To make decisions regarding insurance matters, please consult directly with a licensed insurance professional or firm.