9 Ways to Get Your Benefits Communication Read

Ever feel like no one is reading your employee benefits communication? You’re not alone. In a recent survey, four out of five plan sponsors said their employees are not reading their communication materials.

Check out the list below for nine tips to make sure your important messages actually get read by your participants. (Find even more communication resources and tips to help you celebrate National Employee Benefits Day on April 3 here.)

9 Ways to Get Your Benefits Communication Read

  1. Choose the Best Delivery Channel
    Consider all the channels you have for communicating with your workforce—e-mails, videos, newsletters, podcasts, face-to-face conversations, mailings, texts, etc.—and decide which will work best for your audience.
  2. Keep Your Message Free of Jargon
    You’re a benefits pro—Your workers aren’t. Make your message clear, concise and easily understood. If you’re fluent in “benefit-ese,” consider asking someone outside your benefits team to review your message for clarity.
  3. Make It Clear What Action You Want Them to Take
    Keep your message focused. Decide before you start crafting your message what action you want them to take, and make sure to keep that point front and center.

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  4. Highlight How They Benefit
    Don’t get so caught up in explaining your benefits that you forget to mention why you offer them! Be sure to make it clear how your employees benefit from your benefits.
  5. Personalize Your Message
    Make every effort you can to personalize your message. Consider creating multiple versions of communication for specific audiences, like participants in defined contribution plans vs. nonparticipants, or tailoring your message for an employee’s life stage: paying off student loans, having children, nearing retirement, etc.
  6. Make It Fun
    You’ve got a lot of competition out there. Making your message fun and engaging can help win your employees’ attention. A clever graphic or fun campaign theme can help catch their attention and inspire action.
  7. Give Plenty of Notice
    Be sure to give your employees enough time to process and act on your communication. Some situations, think benefit enrollment periods, require plenty of advance notice and a clear schedule of important deadlines.
  8. Use Reminders
    Sometimes once is not enough. Plan a communication time line for your message so you can repeat key points and offer helpful reminders of approaching deadlines.
  9. Keep It Simple
    The golden rule of any communication—Keep it simple. Clear, concise and action-driven communication should be your goal.

Brenda Hofmann
Brenda Hofmann
Senior Communications Associate at the International Foundation

Comments (2)

  1. Chuck Miller

    Make it short. One idea. People have short attention spans especially for difficult and unfamiliar material.

    If you have more than one idea, do another communication piece later.

    One more thing… repetition. Give your message over and over. Plan sponsors have a knack of making splashy pieces with lots of information that is forgotten within 48 hours according to studies. Short and simple, again and again.

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  2. Erica Murphy

    Thanks for the advice Chuck! My background is in broadcast news, this health benefit communication stuff is a smidge different.

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