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Your company’s insurance and benefits offerings are the second largest company employee expense outside of your employee payroll expense. At the center of this second largest company expense sits your insurance broker who has the ability to impact your organization at a very large scale. Your insurance programs, total rewards and work perks directly impact the following:
- Employee turnover and retention numbers
- Employee stress levels as it relates to finances and insurance questions
- Workplace productivity and production levels
- Job offer acceptance rates and candidate quality
What is An Insurance Broker?
An insurance broker is the person or organization who sells, solicits, or negotiates insurance for compensation. An insurance broker is often thought of as a salesperson who is selling and negotiating insurance programs for companies. Yes, insurance brokers are compensated monthly a commission rate based on a percentage of a company’s employee insurance plan, they’ve negotiated with your carriers. However, an insurance broker is not just a salesperson. They have to be a partner, planner and communicator working on behalf of and the best interest of the companies who rely on them for employee benefit program communication, benefit compliance changes and recommendations for new plan offerings that better suit the company’s unique employee and also business needs.
What is an insurance broker? This is a question you probably might have asked yourself given the recent media frenzy surrounding Zenefits and questioning surrounding their licensing practices. I believe now is the perfect time to sit down with your current insurance broker to understand their business philosophies and practices to determine if he/she aligns with you.
Six Questions to Ask Your Benefits Insurance Broker
Recently, I sat down for a podcast interview with Decisely an insurance broker company, and we discussed what an insurance broker does and does not do for business and HR leaders. In that interview, Justin Roberts outlined six important questions to ask your benefits broker either if you are interviewing new broker prospects or want to make sure your current broker aligns with your philosophies. You can listen to the podcast interview by clicking here, however, I thought these questions were so important they deserved their own article because a total rewards and comprehensive benefits package, really impacts the larger company.
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- What is your client profile and what industries you work in?
- What is your unique way of controlling healthcare costs?
- What is your approach to employee benefits communication?
- What is your relationship with the carrier?
- How do you handle compliance?
- How do you measure and set up technology for your clients