September has arrived, which means the commute into work is busier than it’s been in a while as parents return (or begin) their morning back-to-school routine. The first day back is always filled with a combination of nervousness and excitement – for students, parents, and teachers alike.
Over the summer break, teachers were busy preparing for the new school year. Because students all learn differently, the lesson plans and exercises need to be developed in such a way that students will have the tools and resources they need to fully understand the subject matter.
The same consideration to learning applies to adults. Take me for example. I’m a hands-on learner who prefers to be in a classroom. I find that online learning (although the only option sometimes) is just not as beneficial to me because I find myself easily distracted by things like email and office noise, among other things. And while I do prefer a classroom, I appreciate having access to helpful resources online because when I need/want to know something the first thing I do is “google” it.
Taking the time to understand the different ways people learn can help employee benefits and human resources professionals improve an organization’s employee communication strategy. Using a variety of communication techniques and tools will make it easier for employees to understand and appreciate the benefits available to them. Consider using in-person meetings where employees can listen and ask questions, as well as a benefits website such as eBin where employees have 24/7 access to their benefits information, .
The frequency with which employees are exposed to their benefits information is a factor too. A monthly or quarterly benefits newsletter that is emailed and/or posted to an organization’s intranet or eBin website reminds employees about the many benefits available to them throughout the year. And don’t forget to consider an annual benefit statement. Benefit statements can be done at any time and are a great way to summarize the many benefits and perks provided to employees in addition to their salary.
As students and teachers embark on another school year, and employee benefits and human resources professionals gear up for open enrollment season, everyone can benefit from using a variety of learning techniques.
How can ISG Advisors help you meet your employee communication challenges?