Magazine article University Business

Trends with Benefits: The Time Devoted to Minimum-Participation Employee Orientations Was Tough to Justify, So the Presentation Was Placed Online

Magazine article University Business

Trends with Benefits: The Time Devoted to Minimum-Participation Employee Orientations Was Tough to Justify, So the Presentation Was Placed Online

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THINK BACK TO YOUR FIRST WEEK on the job. Amidst the endless paperwork and the time you spent figuring out your new voicemail system, you probably sat in a conference room for an hour or two and participated in an employee benefits orientation session ... with maybe one or two other new hires, if that.

Jill Brown, benefits manager at Ramapo College of New Jersey, was responsible for running those sessions, and she found them as frustrating as you did. "We would typically end up doing orientation once or twice a week, and sometimes it would be one person in a room, sometimes five people," Brown says. "Sometimes there were scheduling difficulties because you had someone working the night shift. You had different people in different employee classifications in the room together. It seemed like a big waste of time--a two-hour chunk doing it one person at a time, once a week. It was so futile."

Not to mention inefficient. As a state institution, Ramapo is subject to legislative whims in the execution of its numerous and complex benefits plans, and with Brown and a colleague being the college's only benefits administrators, the time devoted to minimum-participation orientations was tough to justify.

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Brown shared her woes with a colleague, an environmental health and safety officer who conducts training on blood-borne pathogens. That colleague suggested Brown do as she did: Record the benefits presentation and place it online for viewing at an employee's convenience. …

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