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Strengthening your employee relationships post COVID-19

Given that the outlook for the COVID-19 pandemic is still unknown, planning for employee benefits is a unique challenge. Companies want to help ease worry and stress among employees—but also must decide how to allocate benefit budgets, choose which benefits to offer, and communicate changes to employees.

Employers, you aren’t alone. We’re here to help!

Understanding employee concerns

We spend a lot of time interacting with employees. Here are the growing concerns we hear daily among employees:

  • What if I am personally impacted by the health crisis?
  • What if my family is impacted?
  • How will I pay for it?

Addressing employee concerns—at a crossroads

Most employers are caught at a crossroads. While many recognize the importance of employer benefits during this uncertain time, many are feeling the financial strain of the pandemic and are left considering how they are going to pay for more benefits.


A solution: voluntary benefits

Many employers are turning to voluntary benefits to address employee concerns. Voluntary benefits pay cash benefits directly to employees in the event of covered illness, injury or loss of life. Employees can use the benefits for any purpose—from medical bills to everyday expenses.


  • Provide group rates for insurance that employees pay for themselves.
  • Complement any core benefits that may already be offered.
  • Tend to be portable, which means employees can keep their coverage if they leave the company for any reason.Make employers a company of choice.


Beyond COVID-19…

Although COVID-19 dominates the headlines, we cannot lose sight of the fact that our country continues to battle serious illnesses and chronic diseases like cancer and heart disease. These diseases can make a significant physical and financial impact on your employees. Voluntary benefits can help protect employees from both with prompt care and cash benefits.

The risks

About 1 in 3 Americans will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.2

Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. suffers a heart attack.4

The costs

On average, cancer patients spend $703 out of pocket EACH MONTH on treatments alone.3

1 in 5 of Americans under 65 who have cardiovascular disease can’t afford to pay their medical bills.5

Get the support you need to offer voluntary benefits

We understand that you’re busy and may not have the capacity to research products, communicate options with your employees, and manage enrollments.
Washington National makes it easy.

Whether your employees are working from home, or on-site, we can:
• Curate the perfect mix of products for the needs of your employees and organization.
• Educate your employees on their options.
• Safely and confidentially enroll your employees.
• Take care of all administration for you.

Our approach respects social distancing guidelines, while also being effective with the right communication and enrollment strategies. Communication is vital to a successful benefits enrollment, because after all, if employees don’t understand it, it isn’t a benefit.

Ready to help your employees protect what matters with voluntary benefits?

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