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eni in the News

Posted by Blog Tipster on Fri, Jan 27, 2017 @ 10:39 AM

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eni is so proud to announce that our CEO and Industry Thought Leader, Gene Raymondi, was published multiple times in 2016 in leading industry publications.  Here at eni, we strive to provide innovative benefit communication and engagement solutions to our valued customers and contribute revolutionary ideas and benefit delivery strategies to the HR Industry.

We invite you to review a few of these articles and hope you take away some great ideas that will help you better communicate benefits to your employees, help you retain and engage your Millennial employees, and enable you to maximize the ROI on your entire benefit package.

Mobilize for Millennial Retention
HR Tech Outlook

 It is undeniable that technology is streaming into the HR space.  Mobile technology has become such an integral part of our lives.  We use our smartphones for everything from paying bills, to researching restaurants, to connecting with friends and co-workers, so why should benefits be any different?  Read More Here…

How can Brokers Prepare for the Millennial Surge?
BenefitsPro

In today’s fast-paced and competitive landscape, brokers often struggle to provide the support and ongoing communication that their valued clients demand. Many employers expect brokers to assist them in achieving their human capital and benefit objectives, including addressing the communication needs of the largest generation in their workforce, the millennials. So, how can brokers remain responsive and connected to their clients while aggressively pursuing new business opportunities?  Read More Here…

Traditional Benefit Communication Methods do Workers a Disservice
Employee Benefit News & Employee Benefit Adviser

Retaining top talent is a major focus for all organizations and it is undeniable that benefits play a key role in these efforts. In fact, an Aflac Workforces Report notes that “workers who are extremely or very satisfied with their benefits program are 6 times more likely to stay with their employer compared to workers who are dissatisfied with their benefits program.” Many competitive organizations already offer robust benefit packages; however, far too many employees are unaware of the comprehensive nature of their benefits and do not utilize them effectively. HR can combat this disconnect by providing ongoing, effective benefit communication and education.  Read More Here…

The Mobile Broker
BenefitsPro

Brokers are always looking for new opportunities to effectively partner with their customers.  Bringing customers effective, innovative benefit communication tools and HR support services is just the ticket to solidifying broker of record status.  Read More Here…

The Retention Advantage
BenefitsPro

With the landscape of the benefits world constantly shifting, brokers need a competitive advantage to secure a solid financial future. There are many new challenges faced by brokers, which can be addressed by employing innovative strategies that will enable them to remain competitive, differentiate themselves, and thrive.  Read More Here…  

To learn how eni’s revolutionary mobile app and BalanceBenefits benefit communication and engagement solution will better connect employees to their benefits and increase overall employee satisfaction and retention request a complimentary demo today or email [email protected] for more information.

Tags: Benefit Communication, employee retention, Benefits, HR technology, benefit ROI, benefit engagement, millennial retention

Employee Benefits: How They Benefit You and How BalanceBenefits Can Help

Posted by Blog Tipster on Wed, Nov 18, 2015 @ 10:33 AM

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Welcome to eni’s BalanceBenefits!  We are expert designers of integrated benefit solutions, individually tailored to meet your unique and evolving benefit needs!

We’ve introduced our integrated benefits model, which includes a Benefit Information Line and Web Portal, and learned how our Integrated Benefit and Human Capital Design teams assist us in designing a customized integrated benefit model for your company resulting in a real ROI (“return on integration”)!  Using a “life events” focus, we’ve explained how we connect employees to their benefits through “knowledge points” while supporting your corporate culture.  You will be ready for the C-Suite as you “win the talent war” by using our integrated benefit solution to retain talented employees and recruit skilled new employees, while simultaneously increasing your employees’ engagement with their jobs and benefits as they navigate their benefit information independently.  

Today we are going to revisit exactly why benefits are important to you, your employees, and your business.

Employee engagement and corporate culture have been the focus of numerous articles within the recent year – and for good reason!  Employers want engaged employees working in a consistent and positive corporate culture because these productive employees are more likely to stay with their employer despite the improved job market.  So how do employee benefits factor into employee longevity?

Well, numerous studies have validated the impact of employee benefits on employee retention and job satisfaction.  Half of the workers surveyed in a recent Aflac study indicated that “employee benefits are very or extremely influential on their decision to leave” (Aflac, 2012).  Nearly 53% of employees rated their benefit package as one of the top factors considered when assessing job satisfaction (SHRM, 2013).  Savvy employers realize the importance of employee benefits and, as such, over 67% of employers agreed that “the potential to boost employee retention and loyalty is a factor when making benefit decisions and choices (MetLife, 2015). 

Will having just any employee benefit package work to increase employee loyalty and retention? The answer is clear.  In our modern and ever changing workforce, employees are increasingly seeking more from their employee benefits, and that means having benefits tailored to their needs. Nearly two-thirds (65%) of employees indicated that “having benefits tailored to their needs” would increase loyalty (MetLife, 2015). 

With BalanceBenefits our suite of benefit engagement software, including an administrative portal, member portal, and mobile application, employees can receive just that – benefit recommendations tailored to their individual life needs!  Employees can select individual life events that they need assistance with and receive benefit recommendations customized to meet their individual needs.  Benefit information and custom benefit recommendations are available immediately in the palm of your hand by using our mobile app or with the click of a mouse on your desktop. 

Learn more about our integrated benefit solution and join the HR revolution by reviewing BalanceBenefits on our website.  You can order “Beyond Benefits” by Gene Raymondi, CEO and industry thought leader, watch our quick mobile app demo video, or simply send us an email requesting more information.   

We look forward to helping with your benefit needs!

Tags: Benefit Integration, employee satisfaction, employee retention, employee engagement, Benefits, Human Resources, Mobile Apps

Engage Employees with BalanceBenefits & Increase Productivity

Posted by Melissa Mayfield on Wed, Mar 18, 2015 @ 04:14 PM

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Welcome to eni’s BalanceBenefits … we are expert designers of integrated benefits solutions, individually tailored to meet your unique and evolving benefit needs!

We’ve introduced our integrated benefits model, which includes a Benefits Information Line and Web Portal, and learned how our Integrated Benefits and Human Capital Design teams assist us in designing a customized integrated benefits model for your company resulting in a real ROI (“return on integration”)!  Using a “life events” focus, we’ve explained how we connect employees to their benefits through “knowledge points” while supporting your corporate culture.  Our last entry illustrated how you can win the talent war using our integrated benefits solution to retain talented employees and recruit skilled new employees.  

Today we are going to talk about how benefit integration can help increase employee engagement with both their benefits and their job:

Employee engagement is a number one priority in 2015 for HR professionals according to a recent study conducted by VirginPulse. Why is this a top priority for HR?  Well, for starters, because a majority of employees (68.5%) are “not engaged” or are “actively disengaged” according to a 2014 Gallup Report.  In a 2013 report, Gallup estimated that, “actively disengaged employees cost the U.S. between $450 billion to $550 billion each year in lost productivity.”  Disturbingly enough, Gallup concluded that these “workplace engagement levels have hardly budged since Gallup began measuring them in 2000.”

Next, employee engagement is extremely important to organizational success. Specifically, Gallup has consistently found “close ties between engagement and outcomes such as turnover, profitability and productivity”.  In fact, a 2015 Gallup article noted that “as the percentage of their employees who are engaged at work increases, companies find themselves better positioned to grow”. 

Although employee engagement is extremely low within most organizations, it is incredibly important to an organization’s success. So how can benefit integration increase employee engagement? Well, benefit integration increases benefit awareness, benefit understanding, and benefit connectivity; makes benefits more accessible; and reduces benefit confusion, which together works to increase employees’ engagement with their benefit package.  Employees, who are engaged with their benefit package, feel more satisfied and supported by their benefits as well as significantly more engaged with their job.

By integrating your benefit package, employees will be significantly more engaged with both their benefits and their job.  Furthermore, by increasing your employees’ engagement with their benefit package, benefits will be used at a higher level, ensuring that your investment in your benefit dollars is not wasted.  Increasing your employees’ engagement impacts your company positively on multiple levels, including profitability!

In summary, benefit integration can help to increase employee engagement with their benefits package and with their jobs!

Learn more about our integrated benefits solutions and join the HR revolution by reviewing BalanceBenefits on ourwebsite.   You can order “Beyond Benefits” by Gene Raymondi, CEO and thought leader on Integrated Benefits Solutions, watch our integrated benefits video, or simply request more information.   

We look forward to helping you with your benefit needs!

Tags: Benefit Integration, employee satisfaction, employee retention, Integrated Benefits, employee engagement, employee productivity

Win the Talent Wars with BalanceBenefits: Attract & Retain Top Talent

Posted by Melissa Mayfield on Wed, Jan 07, 2015 @ 03:04 PM

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Welcome to eni’s BalanceBenefits … we are expert designers of integrated benefits solutions, individually tailored to meet your unique and evolving benefit needs!

We’ve introduced our integrated benefits model, which includes a Benefits Information Line and Web Portal, and learned how our Integrated Benefits and Human Capital Design teams assist us in designing a customized integrated benefits model for your company resulting in a real ROI (“return on integration”)!  Using a “life events” focus, we’ve explained how we connect employees to their benefits through “knowledge points” while supporting your corporate culture.  

Today we are going to talk about how benefit integration assists in retaining talented employees AND in recruiting skilled new employees.

Retaining Talented Employees

Findings from a 2012 Aflac study showed that “50% of workers say employee benefits are very or extremely influential on their decision to leave.” Furthermore, a 2012 SHRM study found that 53% of employees indicate that their benefits package is one of the top factors when assessing job satisfaction.  Nevertheless, this study shows nearly 40% of employees were not satisfied with their total reward package.  The problem is often not the benefit package itself, but the employee’s perception of their package and how it fits their individual needs.  Simply put, most employees are not aware of just how robust their benefit package is.

This issue can be remedied by integrating your benefits.  Increasing benefit awareness and making benefits more accessible raises employees’ satisfaction with their benefit package.  Satisfaction with benefits translates to increased job satisfaction and employee retention.

Recruiting Skilled New Employees

Benefit integration significantly increases an organization’s value by offering an integrated benefit package that addresses each employee’s individual needs.

As the competition for talent heightens, companies increasingly seek to retain skilled employees while attracting new, desirable talent.  Based upon primary research conducted by our research team at a recent national SHRM Conference, along with numerous other surveys, recruitment is consistently cited as a top priority for HR departments.

How many employees are seeking new jobs?  A 2015 Wall Street Journal article has proclaimed 2015 to the first year employees have “the upper hand” in the job market.  According to 2014 U.S. Bureau of Labor reports, workers are quitting their jobs at a rate that is the highest in nearly six years.  In 2012, a Globoforce study found that “42% of employees plan on looking for a new job.”

With at least a quarter of the talent pool currently seeking employment, now is the time to make sure your organization stands out by providing an attractive benefit package.  After all, a 2013 EBRI study found that 69% of employees report that “benefits were very important when choosing a job”.  A superior benefit package is in fact a top consideration when high level talent selects a job.

A one size fits all benefit package is no longer sufficient to attract a wide variety of skilled employees.  Right now there are five generations of employees in the workforce at the same time.  Each of these subgroups of employees has different benefit needs.  This serves as further evidence that benefits must be individually focused when competing for top talent.

In summary, benefit integration can help to provide a competitive edge, positioning your organization to recruit and retain talented employees that exemplify your corporate culture!

Learn more about our integrated benefits solutions and join the HR revolution by reviewing BalanceBenefits on our website.   You can order “Beyond Benefits” by Gene Raymondi, CEO and thought leader on Integrated Benefits Solutions, watch our integrated benefits video, or simply request more information.   

We look forward to helping you with your benefit needs!

Tags: Benefit Communication, Employee Benefits, Recruitment, Benefit Integration, employee retention, Integrated Benefits

Corporate Culture: How Benefit Integration Promotes A Thriving Culture

Posted by Cindy Mccall on Wed, Oct 08, 2014 @ 01:53 PM

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Welcome to eni’s BalanceBenefits…we are expert designers of integrated benefits solutions, individually tailored to meet your unique and evolving benefit needs!

Through our BalanceBenefits blog posts, we’ve now introduced our integrated benefits model, which includes a Benefits Information Line and Web Portal. We’ve learned how our Integrated Benefits and Human Capital Design teams assisted us in designing a customized integrated benefits model, resulting in real ROI (“return on integration”)!  And, using our life event focus, we’ve also explained how BalanceBenefits connects employees to their benefits through “knowledge points”.  

Today we are going to talk about how benefit integration can have a real impact on your corporate culture:

We all know that successful companies have a strong and well defined corporate culture.  However, how does your company develop a thriving, consistent culture?   Well, one of the first steps in creating a strong corporate culture is to assess your organizational and human capital needs, identify employees’ perceptions, satisfaction, and engagement levels, measure employees’ connection to culture and vision, and clearly understand the strategic goals of leadership.  To do this, we recommend you work with eni to conduct a comprehensive needs assessment.  This assessment will identify your current corporate culture and your employees’ overall satisfaction levels.  Often companies find there is a disconnect between the views of the employees and those of leadership.  By conducting an assessment that identifies these differences, leadership can begin bridging the gap and moving the organization in the desired direction, while shaping the culture to support strategic goals. 

Our assessment also evaluates your employees’ understanding of their benefits package and uncovers which benefits they find useful, which benefits they underutilize, and which benefits they would like to see offered.  Our assessment sometimes reveals the majority of employees are unaware of the comprehensive nature of their benefit package and are even less sure about how to properly access their benefits!   Thus, an assessment provides valuable insights about your current benefit package which helps us identify the combination of benefits that will enable your organization to achieve the optimal benefits package.  Next, based on this assessment, eni will develop an individualized integrated benefits solution designed to meet and support your company’s human capital needs.  Once implemented, this will support recruitment and retention efforts, ultimately driving your organization to achieve the desired results.

In summary, BalanceBenefits benefit integration can help to provide a competitive edge, positioning your organization to recruit and retain talented employees that exemplify your corporate culture!

If you are ready to get started with your company’s needs assessment, contact eni today!  Or go to our website to learn more about our integrated benefits solutions, link to Amazon to get your copy of  “Beyond Benefits”, a newly released book by Gene Raymondi, eni CEO and industry thought leader, or watch our BalanceBenefits Integrated Benefits video

We look forward to helping you with your integrated benefit needs!


Tags: Benefit Integration, employee satisfaction, employee retention, Integrated Benefits, corporate culture, connect with eni, Benefit Information Portal, employee engagement, Benefit Information Line, Human Capital Design Team, Life Events

Visit eni at the SHRM National Conference in Orlando

Posted by Melissa Mayfield on Wed, May 28, 2014 @ 01:47 PM

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Summer is a great time of year to rejuvenate, become reacquainted with friends and colleagues and relearn or educate ourselves about something new.  Now you will be able to accomplish all of these objectives at the annual, national conference for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) being held June 22-25 in Orlando, FL.  This conference will be a wonderful time to learn what your colleagues in the HR field are most interested in.  You will have the opportunity to attend valuable sessions, gain insight on the latest trends affecting your industry, and meet with potential vendors.

During this year’s SHRM Conference, eni will be launching a new and exciting service called BalanceBenefits.  We believe this proprietary and never-before-seen service and accompanying technology will not only increase utilization, engagement and satisfaction with your benefits package, but we firmly believe it will cause a Revolution in the Human Resources field.   Through a sophisticated and comprehensive cross-referencing approach, BalanceBenefits is designed to enable your employees to access every one of their benefits based upon Life Events versus reviewing them on a singular basis.  Once a Life Event (i.e. adopting a child) has occurred, the employee can contact a defined knowledge point, either a call center, web portal, or mobile app to address this life event and then receive a comprehensive report about every benefit that can help them overcome the challenges associated with that event. 

For instance, they could receive a report that suggests utilizing the following resources for the corresponding concerns:

  • Employee Assistance Program to assist with the stress of adding a new child to the family.

  • A review of the Health benefit to inform about possible changes in deductibles.

  • Life Insurance offered through the employer to cover the newest arrival.

  • Health & Wellness tips to incorporate exercise for a time-deprived family.

  • Even dental information on orthodontia should it be needed in the future.

This report shows the connection among every benefit and reacquaints employees with those benefits they may have otherwise forgotten about.  As a result, you as the employer gain:

  • Employees who have a better benefits experience, resulting in greater satisfaction with your organization, ultimately enhancing recruitment and retention efforts.

  • Greater ROI throughout your benefit package, resulting from increased and more efficient benefit usage.

  • All your benefits accessible through defined knowledge points; facilitating ease of use, easier updating of those benefits and a built-in-training tool for new HR employees to quickly learn about and access their benefits.

We know you will find this approach to be a revolutionary and beneficial change for your organization.  Please visit eni at booth #165 during SHRM to learn more.  We also invite you to attend one of three short, space limited presentations in our booth:

  • June 23 – 10:00-10:30

  • June 23 – 3:30-4:00

  • June 24 – 10:00-10:30

These presentation will be held by our CEO, industry thought leader, and author of the book Beyond Benefits, Gene Raymondi.  We know you will find it is time well spent.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Tags: Benefit Communication, ROI, Benefit Integration, employee satisfaction, Integrated Technology, employee retention, Benefit Information Portal, employee engagement, Benefits, SHRM, Benefit Information Line

Life Events: How Integrated Benefits Work Together to Assist Employees

Posted by Melissa Mayfield on Wed, May 07, 2014 @ 03:31 PM

A “life event” is defined as “any significant step, event, or milestone a person may experience in their life”.  Consider all of the life events that employees may experience over the course of their career from getting married, to pregnancy, to grief, to finding the right college for their child, all the way up to retirement.  With traditional benefit administration, opportunities to use benefits to fully address life events are often missed.  However, through benefit integration, an employee’s benefits work together in a complimentary manner to support them at whatever life stage they are in.

Let’s take a look at two events that many employees will experience at some point in their lives and how their benefits can work together to fully address their needs:

Purchasing a Home

Buying a home is a significant and sometimes overwhelming time in a person’s life.  Fortunately, many employees have a variety of benefits available to support them throughout this process.  For example, an employee may choose to access their Retirement Benefit in order to borrow money against their 401K for a down payment.  The employee could utilize their Work/Life Benefit for assistance researching home prices, neighborhoods, school districts, moving companies, etc.  The employee could also use their Financial Benefit to learn about mortgage structures, interest rates, rolling property taxes into the mortgage or paying separately, etc.  Finally, the employee could access their pre-paid Legal Benefit to help review closing documents.

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Caring for a Loved One With a Serious Illness

Helping a loved one through a serious illness is a stressful and emotional time that often impacts an employee’s overall productivity.  There are many benefits that can help with this distressing life event.  Of course, if the loved one is a dependent, the employee will be utilizing their Health Insurance frequently.  When dealing with a serious illness of a dependent, an employee’s Health Advocacy service would be very helpful with specialist referrals/pre-authorizations/bill mediation/medication information/etc.  If the loved one has a terminal illness, the employee should be reminded to review their Life Insurance benefit.  The employee could utilize their free Legal Consultation to assist in developing an estate plan if the diagnosis is terminal.  Dealing with the illness of a loved one can be extremely stressful and an employee’s EAP is available to help them handle the situation.  Caring for a loved one can also be draining and even start to impact the employee’s own health.  By utilizing their Wellness Benefit the employee can learn relaxation techniques/healthy eating techniques/quick exercises/etc. to help keep themselves healthy.
 

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As we can see, even the most unlikely benefits can complement one another.  Employers receive a higher return on investment and employees receive a much more effective benefit experience, designed to address their individual life needs, when benefits are integrated.

Learn more about BalanceBenefits on our website or download our complimentary Integrated Benefits e-book.

We look forward to helping you with your benefit needs!

Tags: Employee Benefits, Benefit Integration, employee satisfaction, employee retention, Benefit Information Portal, employee productivity, Benefits, Benefit Information Line, Life Events

Maximize ROI … or “Return on Integration” on Your Employee Benefits

Posted by Melissa Mayfield on Wed, Dec 04, 2013 @ 05:35 PM

Welcome to eni’s BalanceBenefits … we are expert designers of integrated benefits solutions, individually tailored to meet your unique and evolving benefit needs!

We’ve introduced our integrated benefits model, which includes a Benefits Information Line and Web Portal, explored our Needs Assessment surveys, and detailed how our Integrated Benefits and Human Capital Design teams assist us in designing a customized integrated benefits model for your company!

Today we are going to talk about the “return on integration” (ROI) which occurs when employee benefits are integrated.  Through benefit integration, your organization may experience the following advantages:

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Providing an integrated package is also the best method of administering benefits in such a way that they will effectively respond to each employee’s needs.  As you know, employees use benefits differently depending upon age, gender, ethnicity, marital status, income bracket, etc.  One size fits all benefit packages are not as attractive as packages that cater to the employee’s specific needs and life interests.  Offering an integrated benefits package proves to your employees (and prospective employees) that you value them individually, while respecting the increasing diversity present within today’s workforce.  Building an integrated benefit package that truly supports your employees’ individual needs can increase engagement, loyalty, retention, satisfaction, and productivity.

Learn more about BalanceBenefits on our website or download our complimentary Integrated Benefits e-book.

We look forward to helping you with your benefit needs!

Tags: Employee Benefits, ROI, Recruitment, Benefit Integration, employee satisfaction, employee retention, employee engagement

eni’s CEO Presents at the 2013 World EAP Conference

Posted by Melissa Mayfield on Wed, Oct 23, 2013 @ 11:39 AM

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Mr. Raymondi presented on the power of benefit integration in increasing employee engagement and ROI.  Benefit integration is a hot new trend emerging in the world of human resources.  Benefit integration is the coordination of any combination of employee benefits that were previously separate, in a way that synergistically monitors, manages, and fosters cooperation between benefits. Engagement rates skyrocket when EAPs are integrated with other benefits and promoted as one comprehensive program, with a single entry point. When employee engagement is high, employers start to see their desired return on investment in the form of lower health care costs, increased administrative efficiency, improved morale and increased productivity. 

Members of EAPA can access archived sessions from the conference.  Therefore, if you were unable to attend the conference or missed Mr. Raymondi’s session, you are still able to access his engaging presentation on benefit integration.

Tags: Benefit Integration, employee satisfaction, employee retention, Integrated Benefits, employee engagement, employee productivity, Employee Assistance Programs, EAPA

eni’s Family Fun Picnic

Posted by Melissa Mayfield on Wed, Aug 07, 2013 @ 02:34 PM

eni’s family fun picnic was held on August 3rd at Greenwood Park in Broome County, NY.  A wonderful time was had by our employees and their families.  There was a great deal of delicious food and so many fun games that everyone participated in.

This picnic serves as an example of eni’s strong commitment to our corporate culture and our core values.  One of our Core Values is Have Fun!  At eni, we believe in the value of FUN – the camaraderie from creating shared experiences connects us as a team and improves the efficiency of our project team culture. 

We recognize that shared fun experiences help people work together better and more comfortably – build a closer company and ultimately support our team environment. We believe it is important for all of us to spend time together, unstructured and silly, getting to know one another and sharing in fun.  

Promoting employee camaraderie contributes positively to our corporate culture and we see it as critical to a company model that supports positive, enthusiastic and productive professionalism. We expect our employees to work hard together, but we also play together. We go beyond the typical "co-worker" relationships found at most other companies and this positively contributes to our trust and respect for one another and the transparency of our work.

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Tags: employee satisfaction, employee retention, corporate culture, employee engagement, eni