Wellness and retirement educational tools are paramount in an ever-changing landscape of employee benefits, and Mercer has taken a unique approach in its newest endeavor, Mercer Benefits U.

Featuring a virtual college-campus theme with app-like functionality, and developed with mobile devices in mind, Mercer Benefits U offers interactive “courses” in three different schools: retirement, health and total wellness which allows benefit managers to better engage its employees.

The courses consist of interactive infographics, literature and videos ranging in a “course” length of one minute to four, and as courses are complete additional ones open.

Some of the courses included in the School of Health include:

  • Health insurance: a new landscape.
  • Intro to flexible spending accounts.
  • Consumer directed health plans.
  • Six How to choose a health plan.

“Mercer Benefits U is our latest in a series of interactive tools and educational programs that help employers better ensure that their employees are able to live, work and retire well,” said Rich VanThournout, a partner in Mercer’s benefits administration business. “It also directly addresses in an engaging way the undeniable shift of accountability from employer to employee self-sufficiency.”
Also see: Reframing the conversation around voluntary benefits

Companies around the country are taking additional steps in ensuring their employees have an understanding of the choices they can make to increase their health and wellbeing.

Recently, several employers were recognized by the National Business Group on Health in their ongoing efforts to promote healthy work environments and encouraging furthered employee wellness, including such companies as Marriott International, CVS Caremark and Texas Instruments Incorporated. 

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