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6 non-traditional voluntary trends for 2017

By: Dan Johnson, Vice President, Sales and Marketing 

Now that we’re firmly into 2017, there are already plenty of exciting trends taking shape in the world of voluntary benefits. As traditional voluntary products grow, non-traditional products are growing right alongside them. To help plan ahead for the growing popularity of non-traditional benefits, BenefitsPRO has 6 non-traditional voluntary trends to look for.

Posted on February 28, 2017 in Industry

Take a small step today toward a healthy heart: 10 small healthy heart steps

Any step we take to a healthy heart is a good step. Often times, we feel it’s all or nothing when making changes to our lifestyle, but when it comes to our heart health, any improvement, even a small step matters. It would be great if we all had the fortitude to lose weight, exercise and eat healthier, instantaneously. The truth is there are small steps we can all take to have a healthier heart. And, maybe in taking those small steps, we will gain the motivation to make a few monumental steps next time.

Posted on February 15, 2017 in Health & Wellbeing

Blog series: Ongoing enrollment solutions, Part 2

In the previous installment of our blog series on ongoing enrollment solutions, we discussed how perpetual enrollments are a good way to drive results for your benefits program. Perpetual enrollments, however, aren’t the only way to make enrollment more effective. Simply having a multi-year enrollment strategy that allows you to begin planning for your next enrollment after the initial enrollment can make all the difference.

Posted on February 14, 2017 in Employee Communication Enrollment

Blog series: Ongoing enrollment solutions, Part 1

By: Rachel Hamann, Regional Sales Representative, Gulf Coast

Enrollments are, for many, the special time of year when all the work of setting up and maintaining a benefits program comes to fruition. With one chance to get it right, there’s a lot of pressure for everything to run smoothly and be a success. But what if it didn’t have to be that way? As we’ll explore in this blog series, changing the way we look at enrollment; as a year-round process, rather than a one-off event provides benefits to brokers, employers and their employees throughout the year.

Posted on February 08, 2017 in Employee Communication Enrollment

Cheers to a New Year! New Year’s resolutions start with a goal

New Year’s resolutions seem to fall into three categories; health, wealth and happiness. Setting a goal and a solid plan on how to achieve your resolution is the easy part. Getting to work on your New Year’s resolution and sticking to it is where we most often fail. Getting back on track to accomplish our New Year’s resolution is difficult but not impossible.

Posted on February 06, 2017 in Health & Wellbeing

Long-term care and what it means for retirement

What do most employees envision when they think of retirement? Maybe a fruity drink on a sandy beach or a beautiful day on the golf course? To help make these dreams a reality requires careful planning and wise financial decisions throughout the course of the employee’s life. But, even the most meticulously crafted financial plan can be derailed by the costs of long-term care.

Posted on February 02, 2017 in Industry Life Insurance

Healthy Lifestyle Education Grants Funded by Trustmark: Schools say, “Thank You!”

Spaulding School Running Club, Spaulding Elementary School, Gurnee, Ill. -- As part of the Trustmark Companies, headquartered in Lake Forest, Lake County, Ill. we had the opportunity to provide funds for grants and programs to the United Way in community health, safety, education, and urban and cultural enrichment through our Trustmark Foundation.

Posted on January 26, 2017 in Health & Wellbeing

Employers can achieve their goals with post-enrollment feedback

For many employers, they work with their broker to put together their benefits package, they provide communication to their employees about their benefits, then they perform enrollment and that’s the end of the line. While this seems to cover everything necessary for offering benefits, it leaves out a critical final step that can help to improve the employer’s offering: employee feedback after enrollment. Post-enrollment feedback provides invaluable insight into employees’ benefits preferences and the best ways to communicate with employees.

Posted on January 24, 2017 in Employee Communication Enrollment

Your employees probably don’t understand their benefits

By: Shaun Urista: Regional Sales Manager, South Central and Gulf Coast Regions

You painstakingly comb through a myriad of plan options and benefit combinations to precisely tune your benefits package so that you can offer the absolute maximum value for employees. Finally, when the time comes for employees to enroll, you stand back, ready for them to marvel at their good fortune to have such wonderful benefits. Instead, you get blank stares, maybe a shrug of the shoulders and a general expression that says, “huh?” Sadly, while brokers and employers put a great deal of effort into delivering insurance protection, employees generally don’t understand their benefits.

Posted on January 17, 2017 in Industry

7 things you can do right now to be more productive in 2017

The start of a new year is an exciting time. You can look to the year ahead and see nothing but potential. But potential is just that; potential. Until it’s realized, it’s just a concept. So, to help you start capitalizing on all the opportunities you’ll have in the coming year, Fortune has a list of 7 things you can do right now to be more productive in 2017.

Posted on January 03, 2017 in Broker News Health & Wellbeing

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