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For many organizations, open enrollment is almost over. And while your HR team may be looking forward to a break from an intensive planning process, you’re likely to face many of the same challenges again next year. How did your solutions work? More importantly, is there a way to preempt or avoid these challenges? Planning for next year’s open enrollment starts now.

Think of open enrollment planning as an ongoing process with times of high and low intensity. The closer you get to your deadline, the higher the intensity. But if you find the planning process more stressful than not, it’s time to start earlier.

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