Q&A: Is there a better way to shop for benefits?

Christian Flaten, Director of Product Marketing, Zenefits
Oct 7, 2021

Why does shopping for benefits have to be so difficult? On this episode of POPS!, Zenefits Director of Product Marketing Christian Flaten shows you where to start the process and breaks down an easier way to manage benefits for your employees. After you listen: Order your copy of our book People Operations: Zenefits.com/pops-book Follow the […]

Why does shopping for benefits have to be so difficult? On this episode of POPS!, Zenefits Director of Product Marketing Christian Flaten shows you where to start the process and breaks down an easier way to manage benefits for your employees.

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On this episode, you’ll hear: 

  • [00:55] – Knowing where to start is hard
  • [01:40] – Find a broker
  • [02:01] – Identify technology that works for you
  • [02:19] – How can Zenefits help?

POPS Star Bio

Christian Flaten is the Director of Product Marketing at Zenefits, where he specializes in product marketing and management, lead generation, and closing new business through relationship-building. He lives in San Francisco, California


Christian: Why does shopping for a benefits plan for my small business have to be so hard to do?

Didi: welcome to pops the show that shows you how to shift from human resources, paperwork to people, operations for the new world of work. How by answering one question at a time, Today to help us answer your question. Here’s Christian Flaten director of product marketing at Santa Fe. 

Christian: For most business owners creating a benefits portfolio or offering medical dental or vision for the first time.

It’s really hard to know where to start and it makes sense. Benefits are complicated with a myriad of insurance carriers, so many different price points and offerings that change based on your zip code. It can get overwhelming. So, how do you simplify this process? Well, you need a few things plans. You want to offer a broker to service them and technology to streamline at all.

Finding plans you want to offer can be daunting, but it’s a good step to pressure. Test your budget. Employer sponsored benefits can get costly and recognizing how much plans truly cost will help you push your strategy. Most people turn to healthcare.gov for plan selections, which is great well-known choice for centralized shopping, but can get a bit complicated if you’re looking across states or searching for cheaper substitutes to traditional health coverage.

Rest assured you do have alternative options. If you want to seek out a broker first, that’s not a bad place to start. Brokers are your partners for everything? Bennett. They don’t just show you plans. They’ll be the ones servicing them alongside you and helping to support you through any issues year after year.

So it’s critical. You find a good one, which is no easy feat. The last thing you’re going to want to do is identify the best technology to help support your benefits, enrollments, and administration of. This is critical since the more you can automate the better, the experience will be for you as an admin and all of your employees at Zenefits, we actually combine all three of these into one award-winning experience.

We showcase almost 9,000 plans supported by 30 of the nation’s largest carriers, which allow you to shop, compare and administer through our system with just a few. It’s easy to filter by location size pricing, deductibles, and more to ensure you’re only seeing the most relevant options that include transparent rates for any budget.

And we’ll even connect you with one of our certified broker partners to make your experience that much easier saving you both time and money. So it’s really that simple to keep top of mind, get the right plans that fit your. Identify the broker that will help support you and your business and find the right technology to streamline the entire process.

And keep in mind as your business grows, you’ll want to make sure all three of these are flexible enough to scale to the needs of you and your employees. For more information, to check out insurance rates for your. To the link in the show notes.

Didi: Do you have a question for our experts? Click the link in the show notes, or if you’ve got other ideas and feedback about our show, send them to [email protected]

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