Your Checklist for a Trouble-Free Open Enrollment

December 7, 2023


For many human resource professionals, the post-Labor Day period leading up to and including employee benefits Open Enrollment is a time of dread. It should be a time of preparation. Do the hard work in September and October, and your organization’s Open Enrollment should run smoothly come November and December. 

To help you prepare, Alera Group is hosting a September 21 webinar, Streamlining Open Enrollment, from 1-2 p.m. CT. Featuring Alera Group experts in HR, employee benefits, enrollment solutions and benefits technology, the webinar will assist you in doing all the advance work necessary to ensure you have in place the right: 

  • Benefit carriers and technology vendors; 
  • Offerings and rates; 
  • Communications plan to reach all your organization’s employees and provide them with information that is timely, accurate and clear. 

Wealth of expertise 

Part of our Engage series of employee benefits webinars, the September 21 presentation follows two earlier programs on benefits design and communications, both of which are available in recordings: How Benchmarking Can Change the Game for Your Benefits and Your Business and 4 Practices That Can Make or Break Your Enrollment Communications. (As you can see, Alera Group takes Open Enrollment and benefits communications pretty seriously.) 

As Vice President, National Benefits Technology and Services, I’ll serve as moderator for the upcoming webinar, joined by a panel that also includes three colleagues on our Employee Benefits team:  

We’ll cover what you should have in place now and what you need to do over the next couple of months, enabling you to create a checklist that will limit, if not prevent, troubleshooting once your Open Enrollment begins. 

Additional resources 

Prior to Open Enrollment 2022, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) published a comprehensive (i.e., lengthy) Open Enrollment primer the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) compiled in advance of last year’s enrollment season. If you’re looking for guidance in advance of the September 21 webinar, you’ll find it’s full of useful resources. Viewing those last two Engage webinars would be helpful as well. 

But be sure to join us for Streamlining Open Enrollment. You’ll be happy you did – and your organization’s employees will be too! 


About the author   

Brian T. Parker 
Vice President, National Benefits Technology and Services  

Brian plays a key role in consulting with Alera Group clients and prospects, and in delivering outsourcing services and solutions. He has more than 30 years’ experience in strategic advisement and support for all aspects of benefits outsourcing and HR support.  

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