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Technology Spotlight: Engage Your People, Drive Success
Benefits play a central role in advancing every people-related goal within your organization, ultimately driving your total success as a company. HR and benefit leaders spend countless hours and resources designing strategies to support their employees – but these programs are only as strong as an employee’s ability to leverage them. In other words, a […]
The Public Sector’s Unique Employer Value Proposition to Attract Gen Z Talent
Over the last decade, the public sector has grappled with an aging workforce and creating an employer value proposition to create a strong and sustainable candidate pipeline. While many experts advise public sector employers to invest in upskilling older workers, others still worry about their inability to attract young talent into public service. Gen Z […]
Innovating With Intelligence: How Empyrean Leverages AI for Superior Service
Artificial Intelligence is shaping and changing the future of work as we know it. From virtual assistants to chatbots and facial recognition, the world is officially entering the peak era of AI – and so is Empyrean. As part of our most recent product enhancements, we’ve integrated AI technology into our Service Center operations to […]
Women’s Equality Day 2023: Celebrating the Women of Empyrean
National Women’s Equality Day commemorates the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which prevents the federal government or states from denying the right to vote based on sex. August 26, 1920 is considered a major turning point in the fight for women’s rights in the United States. Today and every day, we recognize the fight of […]
Does Your WorkTech Stack Support Your DEIB Efforts?
Why Workplace Accessibility is About So Much More than the ADA When the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed in 1990, it was a landmark civil rights law prohibiting discrimination “against individuals with disability in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to […]
Elevate Your BenAdmin RFP to Drive Improved People & Benefits Experiences
Employer-sponsored benefits play a key role in any organization’s ability to achieve its people-related goals, whether it be through building a positive workplace culture, better attracting and retaining talent, supporting diversity and inclusion, or improving employee health and wellness. But the success of your benefits program is about far more than plan design. To be […]
Using Positive Benefit & People Experiences to Combat K-12 Educator Burnout
It’s Teacher Appreciation Week, and If you’re a caregiver to a school-aged child, you may have attended a celebratory breakfast or contributed to a classroom gift in honor of the millions of educators across this nation who are shaping future generations. Teaching is consistently cited as one of the most rewarding paid professions in the […]
A Behind the Scenes Look at Empyrean’s Annual Conference
Last week, Empyrean welcomed over 150 attendees to EVOLVE23, its annual invitation-only conference. This year’s event was held at the Hyatt Regency Downtown Savannah along the city’s famed waterfront. The theme for EVOLVE23 was “Connecting Benefits, Enriching Lives”, which aligns with the organization’s corporate mission. Educational programming presented throughout the conference was centered around the […]
Connecting Benefits, Enriching Lives Empyrean has released its full conference agenda and speaker lineup for EVOLVE, which will feature some of the industry’s top thought leaders and HR and benefits experts. DATE: April 12-14, 2023 LOCATION: The Hyatt Regency Savannah The theme for this year’s event is “Connecting Benefits, Enriching Lives”, which is also Empyrean’s […]
Empyrean Acquires Employee Communications and Engagement Platform and Launches +YOU, a Holistic Solution That Improves Employee Productivity, Wellbeing, and Retention
Houston, TX. [Feb. 20, 2023] Empyrean, (www.goempyrean.com), a company committed to building better corporate cultures through benefits, today announced the acquisition of employee communication and engagement platform Enspire. Through the acquisition, Empyrean adds an expanded people-centric dimension to its innovative benefits administration technology and compassionate support services. Called +YOU, the new solution integrates Enspire’s employee […]
Why Your People Experience Matters More Today than Ever Before
A Connected and Personalized People Experience Can Help You Overcome 2023’s Top Employer Challenges The past few years have presented challenge after challenge for employers, making it harder than ever for HR teams to support their people and reach their goals. Workforces are more dispersed than ever, turnover is high, engagement is low, and it […]
Empyrean Welcomes Tim Purkis as Director, Sales – Public Sector to Their Growing Sales Team
Houston, TX. [Dec. 2, 2022] Empyrean, (www.goempyrean.com), a leading technology and service-centric employee benefits administration provider, has announced that Tim Purkis has joined the organization as Director of Sales, Public Sector. “Tim joins us with over 15 years of deep industry experience, specifically helping organizations in the public sector solve their benefits-related challenges,” said Mike […]
Empyrean Adds Peter Magazzu to Rapidly Expanding Sales Organization
Houston, TX. [Nov. 4, 2022] Empyrean, (www.goempyrean.com), a leading technology and service-centric employee benefits administration provider, has announced that Peter Magazzu has joined the organization as Director of Business Development. In this role, Magazzu will concentrate on the continued expansion of Empyrean’s presence across the Mid-Atlantic, developing employer and broker relationships in this region. “Peter […]
Kimberly Longerbone Joins Empyrean as Vice President of Information Technology
Houston, TX. [Oct. 27, 2022] Empyrean, (www.goempyrean.com), a leading benefits administration technology platform and service provider, has announced that industry veteran Kimberly Longerbone has joined the organization as Vice President of Information Technology. As a leader in the technology field, Longerbone will use her wide-ranging IT background, extensive healthcare experience, and IT service management knowledge […]
New Research from Empyrean & NelsonHall: The Evolving Role of Today’s Strategic Benefits Leader
Organizations are facing unprecedented challenges impacting their workplaces, from managing through the COVID-19 pandemic, to attracting and retaining talent during the Great Resignation and labor shortages, to ensuring employee engagement as reports of “quiet quitting” trends continue to climb. These challenges have driven a concentrated shift away from viewing the benefits administration function as a […]
Women’s Equality Day commemorates August 26, 1920, the day the 19th amendment was signed into law giving women the right to vote in the United States. Today and every day, we celebrate the women who make Empyrean great. We asked some of these amazing women to reflect about what workplace gender equality means to them […]
Today is National Dog Day, which was first celebrated in 2004 across the country to increase awareness about dogs in need of rescue and to encourage pet adoption. Now celebrated annually on August 26th, members of the 69 million U.S. households who have at least one dog recognize the day by taking to social media […]
Empyrean Adds Kelly Knick to Channel Enablement Group
Houston, TX. [Aug. 19, 2022] Empyrean (www.goempyrean.com), a leading technology and service-focused employee benefits administration provider, has announced that Kelly Knick has joined the growing organization as a Director of Channel Enablement. In this role, Knick will focus on building and nurturing broker and carrier relationships across the country. “Kelly has been a wonderful addition […]
Empyrean Announces EVOLVE – April 12 – 14 in Savannah, GA
Connecting Benefits, Enriching Lives Empyrean is excited to announce that EVOLVE will be held from April 12-14 at Savannah’s Hyatt Regency along the city’s historical riverfront. The theme for our upcoming EVOLVE conference is “Connecting Benefits, Enriching Lives”, a topic closely aligned with our mission to deliver optimized and connected benefit experiences to the over […]
The Growing Role of Financial Wellness Programs in Support of Total Employee Wellbeing
Human resources and benefit leaders continue to navigate one of the most volatile and fast moving business and economic landscapes many of us have ever known. The Great Resignation, increased levels of caregiver responsibilities, financial uncertainty tied to the ongoing pandemic, inflation, and other macroeconomic factors have brought an even stronger focus on the need to […]
Empyrean Welcomes Ken Gooch to Their Sales Team as Director of Channel Enablement
Houston, TX. [May 18, 2022] Empyrean, (www.goempyrean.com), a leading technology and service-focused employee benefits administration provider, has announced that Ken Gooch has joined their expanding sales team as Director of Channel Enablement. In this role, Gooch will focus on building valuable partnerships to accelerate Empyrean’s growth across all U.S. regions. “As an industry veteran, […]
Maureen Gardner Joins Empyrean’s Growing Sales Team as Director, Business Development in the Plains Region
Houston, TX. [April 26, 2022] Empyrean, (www.goempyrean.com), a leading technology and service-centric employee benefits administration provider, has announced the addition of Maureen Gardner to their growing sales team. In this role, Gardner will focus on strengthening Empyrean’s presence in the Plains region, developing employer and broker relationships with a focus on groups above 5,000 benefits […]
Why Having a Rich Benefits Program Isn’t Enough to Attract & Retain Today’s Talent
CHROs, benefits leaders, and members of the C-suite continue to recognize the strong influence their employee benefits program has over their ability to attract and retain their top talent. Unfortunately, a rich, well-designed benefits program is not enough to drive the strong employer brands and workplace cultures that make an organization an employer of choice […]
Empyrean Releases Full Agenda & Speaker Details for EVOLVE/22
Empyrean is excited to welcome some of the industry’s top thought leaders and benefits experts to EVOLVE/22! DATE: April 6-8, 2022LOCATION: The Hutton Hotel, Nashville Building Culture Through Benefits The theme for this invitation-only event is “Building Culture Through Benefits”, and from our high-energy opening keynote all the way through our closing session, our dynamic […]
Empyrean Adds Randy Alvarez to Expanding Sales Team as Director of Business Development in the Northeast Region
Houston, TX. [March 18, 2022] Empyrean, (www.goempyrean.com), a leading technology and service-centric employee benefits administration provider, has announced that Randy Alvarez has joined the organization as Director of Business Development. In this role, Alvarez will concentrate on the continued expansion of Empyrean’s presence in the Northeast, developing employer and broker relationships in this region focusing […]
As we enter the third year of pandemic-era life, it is clear that the way American workers view their employers, benefit programs, and overall workplaces has changed, creating both a significant and lasting impact on the HR and benefits space. Our 2022 Benefit Trends Report uncovers the year’s top five trends influencing the state of […]
The Critical Role of Supplemental Benefits in a Go-Forward Benefits Strategy
Webinar presented by Dr. Kristin Tugman, VP Health + Productivity, Prudential | Desta Millner, Empyrean | Melanie Haniph, HR Consultant. The COVID-19 pandemic has created physical, mental, and financial challenges that American workers have never faced before, causing employers to quickly shift their benefit strategies to one in support of total employee wellness. A recent study […]
Insights and Advice from an Empyrean Expert The role of our HR and benefits leaders continues to evolve and expand, and now our human resources teams are at the forefront of the battle to ensure both company and employee data remains protected and secure in our increasingly digitized world. Gone are the days when only […]
How Decision Support Technology Can Fuel a Better Employee Experience
Read our Decision Support Guide to learn about the top 5 factors to consider when evaluating recommendation engine platforms. Understand how predictive analytics can help employees understand future risks and costs, and what to look out for when comparing platforms to ensure you get the best fit for your needs.
The Changing Role of the Strategic Benefits Leader
Since the start of the pandemic, company benefits have played an increasingly important role in helping organizations protect the safety, wellness, and health of their employees. This is increasingly the case, not only for physical wellness, but organizations now have greater awareness of mental health and financial wellness impacts on their staff given recent challenges […]
Katie McCabe Joins Growing Empyrean Sales Team as Strategic Director, Business Development for New York
Houston, TX. [Jan. 19, 2022] Empyrean, (www.goempyrean.com), a leading employee benefits administration service and technology provider, has announced the addition of Katie McCabe to their rapidly expanding sales team. In this newly created role, McCabe will focus on the continued development of Empyrean’s presence throughout New York State, working to build employer, broker, and carrier […]
Empyrean Announces EVOLVE/22 – April 6-8 in Nashville, TN
Empyrean is excited to announce that this year’s EVOLVE conference will be held in beautiful Nashville, TN from April 6-8, 2022. The theme for EVOLVE/22 is “Building Culture Through Benefits”, with an educational agenda focused on the strong connection between the role benefits can play in building company culture and the positive organizational outcomes gained […]
Empyrean Adds Rob Veatch as Director, Business Development in the Central Region
Houston, TX. [Nov 2, 2021] Leading employee benefits administration service and technology provider, Empyrean (www.goempyrean.com), has announced that Rob Veatch has joined the growing organization as Director, Business Development, supporting the central region. In this role, Veatch will focus on the continued development of Empyrean’s presence in the Upper Midwest, expanding on broker and client […]
Kelly Clark Joins Empyrean as Chief Information & Technology Officer
Houston, TX. [Oct. 12, 2021] Empyrean, (www.goempyrean.com), a leading benefits administration technology platform and service provider, has announced that industry veteran Kelly Clark has joined the organization as Chief Information & Technology Officer. A proven technology leader in the HR and employee benefits space with vast experience driving business transformation through IT modernization, Clark will […]
Empyrean Launches New Brand Messaging, Enhanced Corporate Website Focused on the Critical Role Benefits Play in Building Positive Workplace Cultures
Houston, TX. [Oct. 11, 2021] Empyrean (www.goempyrean.com), a leading benefits administration technology platform and service provider, announces the launch of its new website and brand messaging aligned with the organization’s mission to help employers create positive workplace cultures by connecting their employees to life-enriching benefits. Empyrean’s new brand message makes a strong connection between the […]
Empyrean Benefit Solutions Adds Chris Melanson to Growing Sales Group
Houston, TX. [Oct. 5, 2021] Empyrean Benefit Solutions, Inc. (www.goempyrean.com), a leading technology and service-focused employee benefits administration provider, has announced that Chris Melanson has joined the organization as Director, Business Development. In this role, Melanson will focus on the continued development of Empyrean’s presence in the eastern U.S., building employer and broker relationships in […]
Empyrean’s Stephanie Haney Promoted to Post of VP Sales, Central Region
Houston, TX. [July 22, 2021] Leading employee benefits administration technology and service provider Empyrean Benefit Solutions, Inc. (www.goempyrean.com) has announced the promotion of Stephanie Haney to the post of VP Sales, Central Region. Haney previously served as Director, Business Development for the organization. In this newly created role, Haney will lead an enterprise sales team […]
Do Your Employees Understand Your Benefit Programs and Offerings?
Six Ways to Better Educate Employees About Their Benefit Enrollment Options Each year, HR and benefit teams put Herculean efforts into designing and building benefit plans that best support their employee populations. And it’s no wonder why – robust health and wellness benefit programs are linked to better employee and attraction outcomes and overall company […]
Mike Boyles Joins Empyrean Benefit Solutions, Inc. as Strategic Director of Business Development, Southeast Region
Houston, TX. [June 1, 2021] Empyrean Benefit Solutions, Inc. (www.goempyrean.com), a leading technology and service-focused employee benefits administration provider, has announced that Mike Boyles will join the organization as Strategic Director of Business Development. In this role, Boyles will focus on continuing to develop Empyrean’s presence in the southeastern U.S. “Mike is an industry veteran […]
Empyrean Announces Carrier Partnership with Pet Benefit Solutions
The COVID-19 pandemic led to surge in new pet adoption and ownership across the U.S. According to a pulse survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association (APPA), as of October 2020, more than 11 million American households had brought home a new pet since the start of the pandemic. The benefits of pet ownership […]
New Empyrean Research: 5 Benefits Trends to Watch in 2021
The pandemic has changed the workplace forever, creating seismic shifts in the way employees measure and interact with their benefit programs and offerings. Employers have been forced to view benefits and their resulting employee impact through a new lens, requiring organizations to adopt new strategies and approaches to support their employees’ evolving physical, mental, and […]
2020 Annual Enrollment Prep Guide: Achieve Benefits Success in the Age of COVID-19, Part 2
This upcoming Annual Enrollment may be unique, but the right planning, partners, and proactive solutions will allow you to bring greater peace of mind to your employees – even during these uncertain times. Read Part 1 of this post here. The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in a workforce that is more scattered than ever before. […]
2020 Annual Enrollment Prep Guide: Achieve Benefits Success in the Age of COVID-19, Part 1
Annual Enrollment is the central moment that defines the success of your benefits strategy, and this year the stakes are higher than ever. Discover how your HR team can cut through the noise to deliver positive results for your employees and business. More employees are working from home than ever before, parents are juggling conference […]
The Future of Work and Benefits after COVID-19, Part 2
By Rich Wolfe, Chief Executive Officer and Steve Campbell, Chief Human Resources Officer In part two of our series, we take a closer look at how perspectives on the typical office environment and employee wellness will shift after COVID-19. For part one of this post series, please click here. Reimagining of the Traditional Office From […]
2020 Benefit Trends Report: Stay Prepared for the Unexpected
This year’s Benefit Trends Report from Empyrean offers key insights into the structure of employee benefit programs moving into the coronavirus pandemic, as well as indications of how benefits may evolve in a post-COVID-19 world. Today, Human Resource professionals are facing the most challenging moments of their careers, juggling the unique impacts of the pandemic […]
The Future of Work and Benefits after COVID-19, Part 1
By Rich Wolfe, Chief Executive Officer and Steve Campbell, Chief Human Resources Officer In this first post of this two-part series, we examine several ways in which COVID-19 has changed how and where work gets done, and explore how these effects may shape the future of work in a post-pandemic world. In just a short […]
Empyrean Stands in Solidarity with the Black Community and our Colleagues of Color
By Rich Wolfe, Chief Executive Officer While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact millions of Americans, so too do systemic injustices against African Americans and people of color. As a company that is a proud of our diverse and inclusive workforce, Empyrean supports the nationwide call to bring an end to racial inequality and violence. […]
COVID-19 Communication Guide: Connect with Your Employees from Anywhere Part 2
By Steve Campbell, Chief Human Resources Officer COVID-19 is a dynamic and rapidly-evolving situation that can present quite a few challenges when it comes to your communication strategy. Here are a few more tips to help you craft and distribute messages that will impact and resonate with your employees. Click here for part 1 of […]
COVID-19 Communication Guide: Connect with Your Employees from Anywhere Part 1
By Steve Campbell, Chief Human Resources Officer Employers are navigating uncharted territory when communicating to their workforce regarding COVID-19. From managing your newly remote workforce to announcing policy updates and next steps for workplace re-openings, these quick tips will help you reach your employees while demonstrating care and compassion. Keep an Open Dialogue Your employees […]
COVID-19 Update: The Latest on How Empyrean is Keeping Our Clients Connected and Our Employees Safe
By Rich Wolfe, Chief Executive Officer As many states begin relaxing stay-at-home orders and businesses prepare to reopen, Empyrean remains focused on helping our clients and participants navigate the latest impacts to their benefits while keeping our employees protected. HR teams all across the country are grappling with the sudden changes and uncertainty brought on […]
Three Ways Employers Are Staying Adaptive in the Age of COVID-19
By Colleen Waymel, Chief Operating Officer The right support will help you keep pace with the fast-moving demands of the novel coronavirus pandemic (and future-proof your benefits approach) without getting overwhelmed. Right now, HR professionals are facing some of the most challenging moments of their careers. Across nearly every industry, Human Resources teams are balancing […]
COVID-19 Update: Empyrean is Committed to Supporting the HR Community
By Rich Wolfe, Chief Executive Officer In just a few short weeks, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected countless lives and businesses. Now more than ever, you need a partner that you can rely on, and your employees need access to benefits support they can trust. Learn what the Empyrean Team is doing to keep your […]
COVID-19 Update: Empyrean Response to the Novel Coronavirus
Empyrean is committed to ensuring the health and safety of our customers, participants, and colleagues as officials and organizations work together to contain the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Here are the latest details you need to know. COVID-19 has prompted an unprecedented time for companies, employees, and their families nationwide. With many questions surrounding this fast-moving […]
Engage on the Go: Mastering Benefits Connectivity to Support Your Mobile Workforce
As working away from the office becomes the new normal, how can you reach employees that work outside of the office, on their feet, or without email – without adding to your workload? Modern technology is allowing people to connect across distances, channels, and even workspaces like never before. Today’s workforce is more mobile than […]
Key Ingredients for a Successful Benefits Administration Technology Partner
Avoid common compromises – and reduce your risk of poor choice and project failure – by understanding what sets successful benefits administration solutions apart. Employers offer benefits to stay competitive in a tight talent market and maintain happy employees. However, your employee benefits experience is not dictated solely by the health insurance, retirement benefits, life […]
5 Tips for Year-Round Employee Benefits Engagement
Annual Enrollment (AE) season is here for many employers, but how well prepared are you to engage employees once Open Enrollment season is all wrapped up? For some employees, AE (or OE) can be the only time of year when they are engaged with their benefits – and disengaged employees can take a serious toll […]
3 Essentials for Best-in-Class Benefits Administration
Few employers can afford the financial and compliance risks of a subpar benefits administration technology provider, but many may not realize when their vendor causes them to compromise. These three essentials will help you avoid unnecessary compromises and find the best partner for your business. Bringing true value to your organization requires relevant experience, insightful […]
Empyrean Named One of 30 Great Companies to Explore ASAP
Empyrean has been named one of 30 exceptional companies for job seekers. The list of employers was curated by The Muse, a leading website for job opportunities and professional advice. Empyrean was the only benefits administration company to make the nationwide list, which includes other top organizations such as Dropbox and TripAdvisor. Companies were selected […]
Benefits Administration Outsourcing: How to Find the Right Path for Your Business
Is benefits administration outsourcing right for you? Whether you are considering outsourcing for the first time, or are a seasoned outsourcer searching for a better-fitting solution, make sure you know what points to consider before making your next move. As health care and employee benefit programs become increasingly more complex, time consuming, and subject to […]
Annual enrollment (AE) might be your busiest time of the year, but it doesn’t have to mean long nights and looming headaches. With the right planning and support, this AE can be your easiest and most effective yet.
Financial Wellness Success: How You Can Help Employees Take Control of their Health and Wealth
Finances are a major source of employee stress, and can negatively impact your employees’ productivity, health, and happiness. With so much riding on financial wellbeing, financial wellness is gaining popularity in the realm of employee benefits. How can you help employees address their health and wealth, while ensuring a valuable return on your investment? Empyrean’s […]
Introducing Pilot+: Use Healthcare Data to Revolutionize Your Employees’ Benefit Journey
By Jim Priebe, Executive Vice President, Product We live in a data-driven world that allows for high personalization in the consumer experience, from retail to airfare. So, it’s no surprise that your employees want their benefits to offer a similar experience. If you think that level of personalization is far off into the future, I’m […]
Leverage Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence and Automation to Achieve Better Benefit Outcomes
Automation, artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning are changing the way many organizations do business – but what does this mean for HR’s undeniably human-centric work? Empyrean’s new At-A-Glance Guide, Analytics and AI in HR, explores how businesses can leverage AI, machine learning, and data analysis to achieve better benefit outcomes. Download this free guide […]
Empyrean CEO Rich Wolfe Named 2019 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist
This marks the fifth consecutive year that Empyrean’s CEO and Co-Founder has received this prestigious honor. Over nearly 12 years, Rich Wolfe has grown Empyrean to serve over 3 million participants across more than 400 clients, with tens of millions of visits to its online solutions. Today, the benefits administration technology firm serves all major […]
2019 Benefit Trends Report: Comprehensive coverage and education are top priorities
Benefits are a fast-evolving business, and findings from Empyrean’s 2019 Benefit Trends Report demonstrate that this evolution continues as quickly as ever. Among this year’s findings: employers are focused on delivering coverage choice in addition to managing costs, offering competitive and comprehensive options that expand beyond the basics, and helping families make the most of […]
Introducing Pilot: Your Benefits Recommendation Engine to Guide Employees’ Smart Decisions
By Jim Priebe, Executive Vice President, Product After completing more than 1,500 hours of training to navigate the skies, it’s not surprising that pilots are among the most trusted professionals in America. Similarly, Empyrean’s recommendation engine helps employees navigate their benefit choices and determine their best coverage “destinations” – so it’s fitting that we’ve launched […]
Help Employees Give Flowers, Not the Flu, with Telehealth
By Jill Hernandez, Director of Specialty Insurance Solutions It’s February, which means love is in the air…and unfortunately, so are germs. You don’t have to be a medical professional to know that doctor’s offices are especially crowded this time of year, with low temperatures bringing lower immune systems. Employers no doubt are struggling to find […]
Drive Smart Enrollment with Decision-Support Tools: The 4 Crucial Elements of an Effective Recommendation Engine
Benefits administration technology is reshaping the way employees engage with their benefits—and decision-support tools are a significant factor driving this change. To accommodate the needs of a diverse workforce, however, HR leaders must consider the quality and context of the tools and technology they leverage.
Top Tips to Create a Successful Benefits Administration Request for Proposal (RFP)
The request for proposal (RFP) is a key element when evaluating benefit administration providers. RFP responses can provide a look under the hood of a potential partner’s solution and services, but in order to get the most value from the RFP process, it’s crucial that your questionnaire goes beyond a simple “check-the-box” exercise.
The Value of Voluntary: How to Engage Your Employees with Supplemental Coverage
Voluntary benefits are increasingly essential to employee peace of mind and financial wellbeing, but many employees still struggle to understand how their supplemental plans work. This confusion results in coverage gaps and limited job satisfaction – but a tailored enrollment and benefits experience can help.
As employers enter the second-half of the year, many HR professionals are also rapidly approaching their company’s Annual Enrollment (AE) period. AE is the busiest time of the year for most benefit teams – but planning a successful AE doesn’t have to be stressful.
HR in the C-Suite: How to Gain Influence as an HR Leader
HR is a central pillar of every employer’s success, but many organizations struggle to leverage the full impact that Human Resources can have on their businesses. How can you demonstrate value as a strategic leader and increase C-suite support for your initiatives?
Empyrean Ranks on the HBJ Fast 100 List and is Named an Enterprise Champion Finalist
2018 marks Empyrean’s third consecutive year on the Houston Business Journal’s list of the 100 fastest growing private businesses in the Greater Houston area. Empyrean has also been honored as an Enterprise Champion finalist.
2018 Benefit Trends: How Trends are Shaping the Benefits Landscape
In today’s tight talent market, benefits are an increasingly important factor in determining employee satisfaction and company success. Proactive HR leaders are staying ahead of the curve by empowering participants with personalized resources to meet their diverse needs. How does your approach compare?
Affordable Care Act Update 2018: ACA Requirements for Employers
Over a year into the Trump presidency and the fate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is still as unclear as ever, at least for employers. The Internal Revenue Service has made no move to alter companies’ ACA compliance and reporting requirements – even as the Individual Mandate becomes obsolete in 2019. And after years […]
The 3 Essential Traits of Best-in-Class Benefits Administration Technology
Employee benefits can be a demanding part of your daily business – but this doesn’t have to be the case. A best-in-class benefits administration partner will give your team the boost needed to make the most out of each day. But what should you expect from a premier provider?
Empyrean Wins Three Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service
Empyrean won awards in three categories of the 12th Annual Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. This is the company’s first year participating in the competition, which drew over 2,500 nominations from businesses and industries around the world.
Wellness at Work: 3 Keys for Healthier, Happier, and More Productive Employees
An engaging employee wellness program can bring about positive and lasting change that can benefit your workforce and your bottom line. But what is the best way to drive wellness success without burdening your team?
Staying ahead of risks is a critical priority for HR leaders, but ever-evolving regulations and shifting complexities make it challenging. Concerns can quickly spiral into major issues that are costly and time-consuming to resolve – but smarter solutions will help you take a more proactive approach to human resources risk management.
Increasing Benefits Engagement: Five Ways Technology Can Improve Employees’ Benefits Connection and Satisfaction
Introduction Benefits are one of the most important and influential factors affecting employees’ job satisfaction. 84% of employees that are highly satisfied with their benefits also say they are highly satisfied with their job.1
Decision Support: How Benefits Administration Technology Enables Employees to Better Understand Their Coverage and Costs
Benefits administration technology is reshaping the way employees engage with their benefits – and decision support tools are a significant factor driving this change. To accommodate the needs of a diverse workforce, however, HR leaders must consider the quality and context of the resources they leverage.
Energize Your Annual Enrollment: Five Tips to Engage, Educate, and Enable Your Employees for a Better Benefit Experience
Annual enrollment (AE) is approaching fast. For all the time and effort HR teams dedicate to this yearly event, however, many employees remain disinterested or anxious when it comes to shopping for their benefits. How can you and your team ensure a successful annual enrollment?
Health Savings Accounts: Combining HSAs and Technology to Drive Greater Value to Your HDHP
In response to rising pressures, many employers are turning to high deductible health plans (HDHPs) to meet the needs of both their businesses and employees. Combined with an health savings account (HSA), an HDHP can prove to be a mutually beneficial option for both businesses and workers, but your success is dependent on how these […]
High Performance Networks: Leveraging Benefits Administration Technology to Support ACOs and Narrow Network Plans
Introduction HR leaders make it their mission to protect and provide for employees, most notably through the benefits they offer. Competitive coverage is not just critical for recruitment and retention purposes; it also has tremendous effects on the well-being and security of employees and their families. As health insurance premiums rise, however, the cost of […]
Empyrean Named to the Inc. 5000 List for the 5th Year in a Row
Empyrean was named to the Inc. 5000 list for the fifth year in a row. Fewer than a tenth of Inc. 5000 honorees achieve five years on the list – We’re proud of our growth over the course of our ten year history. To make the list, companies must meet certain revenue requirements and be […]
Results from this year’s Empyrean Annual Enrollment survey indicates HR leaders’ growing interest in consumer-driven plans, as well as the need to maintain strategic control to adapt to rapid business changes.
Exposing the Top 5 Myths about Outsourcing Benefits Administration
More and more employers are exploring automated solutions to address the increasingly complex challenges of administering their employee health and welfare benefits programs. Today, 6 in 10 employers feel overwhelmed by the increasing complexity of their benefits program management.1 However, some HR teams hesitate outsourcing these functions due to five common myths and misconceptions.
Outsourcing Benefits Administration: Are You Ready?
Whether outsourcing your benefits administration for the first time or making the switch to a new vendor, it’s important to consider your current and future responsibilities and goals alongside your internal capabilities. Which route best aligns with your benefit needs and challenges?
Empyrean Benefit Solutions Celebrates Strong Growth to Kick Off 2017
Today Empyrean announced a record start in 2017 revenue, continuing the company’s strong progress from the end of 2016. Record new client additions, high customer retention, and the successful entry into the small/mid-size business (SMB) market confirm the benefits administration technology and services firm is meeting and exceeding employers’ increasingly complex demands for smarter, more […]
Traditional Benefit Offering, Private Exchange, or Hybrid Strategy: Which is Right for Your Workforce?
Today HR can utilize a traditional benefits administration offering, marketplace or private exchange, or – with the support of a modern technology platform – implement both simultaneously to execute a hybrid strategy. But each organization faces unique challenges, meaning no strategy is a one-size-fits-all. To determine the right fit, employers must carefully consider strategic and […]
Service Philosophy: Five Things to Consider for Benefits Administration Success
There are many factors to consider when evaluating a prospective benefits administration platform. While the technology powering your solution is a critical component, it is not the sole indicator of future success. Given the complex and ever-evolving nature of employee benefits, even the most robust tools require knowledgeable service and support to realize optimal efficiency.
Five Important Factors to Evaluate During a Benefits Administration Technology Demo
Seeing a potential platform in action is an important part of any technology decision. However, there are several elements that are difficult to judge during a demo – but can end up having the biggest impact on your solution’s overall success.
Empyrean Recognized as One of the Fastest Growing Technology Companies and the 4th Largest Software Developer in the Houston Area
Our consistent and rapid growth has again been recognized by the Houston Business Journal. Empyrean has earned a place on the publication’s recent Fast Tech 25 list, and ranked 4th on its list of Largest B2B Software & App Developers.
ACA Compliance: Key Takeaways from the 2015 Tax Year Experience to Prep You for 2016
While the first Affordable Care Act (ACA) reporting year is behind us, compliance challenges continue. Now employers face massive potential penalties with less margin for error, and still must wait for IRS final guidance and instructions for the second year of reporting. Stay proactive and prepped with these takeaways from the 2015 ACA experience.
Empyrean and Bloom Health: Leading the Evolution of Benefits Technology
Rich Wolfe, CEO Empyrean Benefit Solutions Today we’re announcing big news: Bloom Health has officially joined the Empyrean family. Together, we’re moving towards a unified one-platform approach to bring the best benefits technology and services to employers and their employees.
We believe great technology should be scalable. It should just work, regardless of your company’s size or plan complexity. Great technology also needs great people supporting it. So as our client base grows, we will continue to scale up with equally strong customer support.
Data Integrity & Accuracy: Does Your Benefits Administration Data Help or Hurt the Realization of Your Strategy?
For many Human Resources (HR) department leaders, the ability to process and resolve the dozens, if not hundreds, of issues that arise daily stems from being able to get, use, and disseminate accurate and timely information.
The only thing guaranteed for 2016 reporting is – Change!
By Karen Bailey, Compliance Officer Empyrean Benefit Solutions As we look to the year ahead in meeting ACA compliance with Pay or Play and the reporting requirements that support it, we fully anticipate changes on the horizon. Prior guidance reflects that some transition relief will be sunsetted. The IRS, per its usual course of business, […]
Key issues when considering a private exchange strategy
By Rich Wolfe, CEO Empyrean Benefit Solutions As the market for private exchanges in delivering health and welfare benefits has grown over the past few years, more employers than ever are considering if they should implement their own private exchange. If you’re one of those employers, I want to share some thoughts that hopefully will […]
By Empyrean Client Advocate Employers who may be exploring automated solutions for administering their employee benefits often let 5 common myths or misconceptions get in the way of their decision-making process:
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