Remember the funny stories from last year? Well, it is that time again. Time for Benefits Enrollment. But, this year, there are some drastic changes going on in our medical plans, so yesterday we had visitors from the national Benefits department who were with us all day....and I mean all day! I woke up at 3 a.m. to make it into the office before 4 a.m. to set up food for the Benefits Orientation sessions, print out some presentations, arrange the conference room, and complete various other tasks before the first meeting started (for 3rd shift) at 5 a.m. It wouldn't have been so bad except that I had to be in very early the previous day to prepare for other out-of-town guests. Already, by Wednesday afternoon, I have worked almost 40 hours this week. Thankfully, that allows a very light schedule for tomorrow, and I am taking a vacation day for Friday. YIPPPEEE! But, enrollment begins soon, so I'll be working altered hours again next week. I think my head might be spinning and I'll need various machines and people to keep me straight on what day and time it is, but I know it is worth it. Healthcare is important - especially to the many employees we have who have seriously ill children and long-term conditions. So, I want to do everything I can to help them make educated decisions for 2008. If some funny stories come up through these processes like they did last year, I'll be sure to post them... but change any identifying information to protect the innocent.
To those of you who are going through Benefits Enrollment in the upcoming weeks, my thoughts are with you. It is a very important process, but it can be a very nerve-racking process.