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Shifting Gears after a Successful Open Enrollment

It’s November. That means you can see the light at the end of the open enrollment tunnel. Or maybe your company’s already driven clear through. Your communications strategy got you through this hectic season. But what happens at the end of the year? Although your...

Your Employees are Hungry for Better Benefits

It has become rare to eat a meal with friends without having at least one person request modifications to their dish. More restaurants offer build-your-own options, from salads to stir-fry to the traditional Korean dish, bibimbap. This desire for customization goes...

What Employee Benefits do Millennials Want?

A few weeks ago, my colleague Andrew Clancy, blogged about how companies can keep Baby Boomers engaged at work. Now, I want to look at the other end of the age spectrum, the oft-discussed Millennials. The Census Bureau categorizes Millennials as born between...

How to Engage Different Groups in the Workforce

I love listicles and devour them for news. 5 Things You Need to Know This Week. 10 Things to Make with Leftover Chicken. My boyfriend hates them. He prefers getting his information from discussion forums. People have grown accustomed to getting news in their desired...

6 Steps on the Road to Fulfilling Your Goals

Lately, I’ve been researching different strategies to achieve goals. Whether a goal is personal or work-related, long- or short-term , taking the time to plan and prepare is key finishing with a home run!   Here are six ways to help you efficiently and realistically...

Take Care of Your Family When You’re Gone

There is one thing each of us can do to ensure that our benefits have the greatest impact on our loved ones—especially in the event of our own passing. The one simple thing is to update our beneficiaries. Each year, during open enrollment, take a look at the...

How to Communicate Better with your Graphic Designer

Over the years, I have noticed the following procedures correlate with efficient design projects. Tell us your problems, goals and expectations A big part of the design process is figuring out how to solve your problems and meet your goals and expectations with an...

What Do Baby Boomers Want to Know About Their Benefits?

The presence of many generations in the workplace creates its share of challenges for employers. Organizations feature blends of Baby Boomers, Gen-Xers and Millennials, with the first members of Gen Z joining the team. It’s tempting to focus your benefits...

Want to be a Better Worker? Go Outside

In a few weeks, another open enrollment season will be upon us. Benefits communications professionals here at Trion will brainstorm ways to persuade your employees to register for benefits. Yet pushing out similar content each year is a drain to both the writers and...

A Designer’s Perspective on the Open Enrollment Period

As summer draws to a close, I’m gearing up for open enrollment season. Communications consultants and HR staff face the brunt of challenges during the season. As a designer, I manage much of the production, print fulfillment and mailings. Designers don’t develop...

The Value of a Vacation Day

As with everything now, there’s a new term that describes what I am: a foodie traveler – someone who travels for food. As such, I value (and take) every one of my vacation days. I have used my vacation days to taste crawfish in New Orleans, crab cakes in...

To Email or Not to Email

One of my clients recently asked me to make sure that all of her written communications used either “email” or “e-mail.” All consistency of style had been lost in a flurry of internal stakeholders reviewing and editing multiple drafts, leaving a mishmash of “emails”...

A Benefits Communication Parable

Way back, when I was new to benefits communication, I hardly had any idea what I was getting involved with. Old timers tried to warn me that this niche tested the ability, skills and will of the best in the communications field. Properly communicating to employees the...

Are Your Employees Nervous about ACA Repeal?

A keystone of President Trump’s campaign was getting rid of the Affordable Care Act. Even before he took office last week, speculation about what might happen to the law was ubiquitous in the media. For most employers, it’s probably too early to address the ACA within...

New Year, New Success!

Happy New Year! As my colleagues and I return back to work after the holidays, getting back into the swing of things can be quite challenging. To help ease the transition and set the stage for a successful year, we take these first couple of weeks to reflect on 2016,...

Don’t Get Trampled by the Elephant in the Room

It seems there’s a big elephant in nearly every room these days. We live in strange times, when even close family members are divided over certain issues. When good friends might not want to bring up certain subjects. While this can be painful in our personal lives,...