outline of lightbulb with gears inside it While companies are generally planning to make subtle changes to their offerings this year, innovation in how they are presented can provide value without shaking the table. (Photo: Shutterstock)

The coronavirus pandemic has fundamentally altered both the way many organizations operate and the means by which they support their employees. This year’s open enrollment period is no exception. With more than half of U.S. employees continuing to work remotely in some capacity, employers have not only had to reconsider their benefit offerings, but the way they will communicate them to employees in a fully remote or hybrid workplace.

Many tried and true methods, like in-person presentations and worksite benefit fairs, are difficult or impossible to implement in this environment. At the same time, the most common benefits elected during open enrollment, like health and life insurance, are especially vital as the pandemic continues.

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