What Makes Composing an Employee Benefits Package Like Playing in an Orchestra?
With the rising costs of healthcare and the need to attract and retain talented employees, finding the right balance of employee benefits can be a real challenge for today’s employers.
“Helping companies find the best composition of benefits is a lot like playing an instrument in a musical ensemble,” explained Healy Group Employee Benefits Advisor Chris Rowland. As a guitarist, Chris listens to other instruments and adjusts his play to blend well with the music group. Sometimes, that means playing louder or softer, adding another instrument, or playing in another key.
Chris’ Approach to Building Employee Benefits Packages
Likewise, when Chris meets with clients to help them plan and design employee benefit packages he listens closely to their needs. This helps him find a good blend of benefits to meet the needs of the group. To put together the best composition of benefits for a group, Chris takes into consideration the company’s existing healthcare network, voluntary or employer-paid benefits, claims history, wellness initiatives, and other desired benefits.
Like orchestrating a fine musical ensemble, good employee benefit plan design requires attentive listening, expertise and skill, and adjustments and tweaks along the way.
Educating Employees on How to Maximize Benefits of Their Healthcare Plan
One of Chris’ healthcare clients had an unusually high rate of emergency room visits by employees for non-emergency care. Adjustments were needed to ensure the employees used the plan to their advantage. Chris helped the employer find ways to educate employees about how to maximize the benefits of their healthcare plan. Suggestions included:
- calling the healthcare provider’s on-call physician;
- using a kiosk set-up in the company’s lobby to contact an on-call physician;
- going to an urgent care facility
Over time, the number of visits to the ER dropped as employees used other more cost-effective ways to manage their care.
Want to see how Healy Group Benefit Advisors helped real clients find the right composition of benefits packages? Watch these testimonial videos from Big C Lumber, Allied Physicians and Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library.
Healy group helped these clients by:
- listening carefully
- analyzing the options
- bringing solutions
- working with groups to tweak and make adjustments to the plan
About Healy Group Benefit Advisors:
Top Row (l-r): Tony Nyers and Chris Rowland
Bottom Row: Alicia Webber
Healy Group Employee Benefit Advisors create employee benefit strategies for their clients. They help meet the unique needs of their organizations and assist them to manage costs and eliminate uncertainty.