Leveraging Recognition in the Open Enrollment Period 

Recognition

September 19, 2023

Abby Parker

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During the open enrollment period, when employees are expected to lock into a plan, it’s important for them to feel valued and uplifted.

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The open enrollment season is a pivotal juncture for both employees and organizations every year, presenting a unique chance to choose benefits tailored to individual needs.  

In this article, we’ll explore how blending recognition platforms, like Kudos, into this process can not only amplify engagement but also transform the open enrollment experience into a more meaningful and productive venture. Let’s dive in!

Enhancing Engagement Through Recognition

Recognition platforms play a pivotal role in strengthening the bonds between colleagues, fostering an environment where everyone feels valued and acknowledged. Recognition platforms help create a community of engaged employees, where people feel secure, acknowledged, and know their voices matter.

There are many definitions of employee engagement out there, but Gallup’s simple definition resonates well: employee engagement is the involvement and enthusiasm of employees in their work and workplace.

Involvement and enthusiasm are critical to an effective and efficient open enrollment period. By fostering an atmosphere of open communication and genuine recognition, employees feel empowered to voice their needs and preferences. After all, when employees are engaged, they bring their authentic selves to work and are forthright about their needs. This cultivates an environment of transparency and honesty, essential for selecting the best benefit policies.

Tailored Insights Through Data

In Kudos, you can tailor values-aligned qualities to inspire your team. With each recognition message, users can tag qualities that best describe the intention behind a job well done. This not only celebrates the qualities behind outstanding performances but also offers insights into which qualities an individual embodies most and what they value in others.  

With this personal data, employees are more informed about what they truly need from their benefits plan. Similarly, Kudos Administrators have access to aggregated organizational data on values, qualities and overall employee sentiment, potentially highlighting collective benefits preferences.

Kudos Analytics gives users clear pathways to personal and professional improvement, and makes every step meaningful.  

Gamification of Benefits Selection

Awards and Achievement Badges in Kudos give employees something to strive for and a moment of pride to look back on. With a healthy level of competition, employees will work hard to champion the needs of their team.

If you want to give your team extra support during the open enrollment period, make the experience more interactive. By gamifying the open enrollment process, employees become more invested, ensuring collective participation and thorough scrutiny of all options. When everyone participates, questions are answered faster, and concerns are addressed more thoughtfully. In other words, no stones are left unturned when the whole community is actively involved, keeping a watchful eye.  

Here are some ideas for campaigns to amplify engagement during the open enrolment period using Kudos:

  • Allocating Kudos points for rewards for meeting organization-wide enrollment milestones (e.g., 25% completion by X date).
  • Bestowing a special badge or recognition message to early-bird enrollees.
  • Spotlighting ‘Open Enrollment Champions’ weekly based on their proactive engagement or exemplary assistance to peers.

Remember, the key is to align these initiatives with your organizational values and the unique needs of your employees.

Increasing Benefits Awareness

In a culture of recognition, employees have each other’s backs and want everyone to succeed. In a recognition platform, announcements are easy to make and hard to miss. During the open enrollment period, nobody should be left behind or unnotified about benefits options that might be a perfect fit. 

In Kudos, users can make Announcements company-wide for everyone to interact with. It may sound simple, but the first step to a positive enrollment experience is to start a conversation and keep it open.

You can also create a Space in Kudos to house all of the different benefits options to ensure visibility and understanding. Spaces are intuitive and easy – you can have a webpage up in minutes to the delight of your entire team!

The Ripple Effect of Employee Recognition

In toxic workplaces, people keep their heads down. Asking simple questions can feel intimidating, and employees are told they’re asking for too much.  

With a recognition-rich environment powered by Kudos, employees feel seen, valued, and heard and come to work with their heads held high. They feel comfortable advocating for their needs, knowing it’s OK and often even celebrated.  

During the open enrollment period, when employees are expected to lock into a plan, it’s important for them to feel valued and uplifted. In Kudos, employees are reminded every day of their unique value. They’re flooded with positivity from their peers. A positive psychological environment at work is the first rung on the ladder to a positive enrollment experience.

Employee Advocacy and Communication

Try breaking down traditions that keep people in the shadows. 

Introducing a recognition platform feels like moving the chairs around in a classroom and sitting everyone in a circle. It allows people to speak for themselves, rather than sit patiently in the back listening to someone speak for them.  

Not to mention, recognition platforms breed more inclusive environments, where suggested additions to benefits plans are taken seriously.

The open enrollment period, while essential, can often feel daunting for many. By integrating a recognition platform like Kudos, organizations can transform this process into an engaging, insightful, and empowering experience. As HR leaders, leveraging these tools not only simplifies the enrollment process but also strengthens the organizational fabric, ensuring employees feel valued, heard, and confident in their choices.  

Remember, when employees are engaged and empowered, they’re better equipped to make decisions that resonate with their needs, ensuring a happier and more productive workforce. Choose recognition, choose empowerment, choose Kudos.

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About Kudos

Kudos is an employee engagement, culture, and analytics platform, that harnesses the power of peer-to-peer recognition, values reinforcement, and open communication to help organizations boost employee engagement, reduce turnover, improve culture, and drive productivity and performance. Kudos uses unique proprietary methodologies to deliver essential people analytics on culture, performance, equity, and inclusion, providing organizations with deep insights and a clear understanding of their workforce.

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