Four steps employers can take to help employees prepare for annual enrollment

September 15, 2020

Employers can take steps now to help employees prepare to make changes to their coverage or elect new coverage for 2021 during annual enrollment.

This year has been like no other. From the COVID-19 pandemic to nationwide protests, none of us could have foreseen the events of the past six months. With all that’s happening in the world, employees may not give much thought to their benefits — until they need them.

With this year’s annual enrollment — October 26 through November 13 — approaching, you can remind employees how important it is for them to use this time to make sure they will have the benefits coverage they want for 2021.

Here are some ways to help employees get ready for annual enrollment:

  1. Educate employees about the benefits you will offer in 2021, especially if you are offering new or different options. The annual enrollment employer toolkit includes benefits overviews and other materials you can distribute to employees to help them learn about their choices.
  2. Make sure employees know what they need to do and by when. The Annual Enrollment toolkit also includes flyers and posters you can distribute or display to increase awareness of this important time, instructions for how to complete enrollment, and more.
  3. Encourage employees to log on to Benefits Connect before annual enrollment starts to review the coverage they have now and consider whether the same coverage will meet their needs next year.
  4. Tell employees to watch their home mailbox, as well as their email inbox, for important communications about annual enrollment from the Board of Pensions. Remember, be sure to submit your 2021 Employer Agreement through Benefits Connect by October 9, so your employees will be able to enroll starting October 26.

Remember, be sure to submit your 2021 Employer Agreement through Benefits Connect by October 9, so your employees will be able to enroll starting October 26.