The 12 Months of Benefits
In the spirit of the season, we offer the twelve months of benefits (in nine installments):
JanuaryThere's never a better time to remind employees about 401ks (and money-management benefits in general) than post-black-Friday and holiday-shopping season when busted budgets have folks hungry for financial control.
February/MarchGot working parents? In some parts of the country, there's this little thing called snow. And did we mention school-vacation week? If you've got back-up care (and you should), it's a good time to discuss how these employees are going to work when there's no school. â€‹
April/MayKnow what May 1st is? It's college decision day ; the day families make choices (big package at a second-tier school or full-fare at a top tier?) that will affect children (and parents) for decades. If you've got benefits that will help, now's the time to send out a reminder. Your employees will thank you.
JuneGot wellness programs? The sunny early summer is a great time to trot them out. Around here we host annual competitions to see who can rack up the most foot miles. It gets people out and moving ; and it has a much better success rate than the notoriously unreliable post-New Year programs that tend to last about a week.
JulyHave we mentioned school's out? See February/March; school vacation; what to do; back-up care, above.
August/SeptemberGot summer camp plans? Look out for that pesky little two-week hole between camp and school when back-up care is a parent's best friend. And with the school-age masses out getting their shiny new spirals and #2 pencils (back to school!), now's a great time to talk up education benefits and remind grownups that back-to-school isn't just for kids.
OctoberYou know those new grads you hired a few months back? They're about to hit that little milestone we call the end of their loan-free grace periods. That means those college loan payments that seemed so far off in the future when they took them out are about to become very real. This is a great time for a little financial-aid 101 on paying back without breaking a sweat.
NovemberThere's never a better time to remind employees about 401ks (and money management in general) than pre-black-Friday before people go completely out of financial control.
DecemberIt's almost year-end!have employees taken all their vacation? What happens to their days if they don't? This is a good time for a ping them about it. Because nothing says, "Happy New Year" like, "You just lost a pile of vacation days!"
May 15, 2020