Just picture my head on Uncle Sam’s body (or maybe not — it’s not really the best visual), because EBN wants you — and I won’t take no for an answer!

Here’s the scoop: Each year, us EBNers interview various industry experts for our annual "Preparing for Open Enrollment" series. This year, we’re coming to you for your tips on ways to improve the open enrollment process.

We’re going to publish our readers’ advice and best practices in our May, June 1 and June 15 issues and on our website.

What have you done to make open enrollment easier for yourself, your staff and your employees? Have you found ways to better communicate various benefit offerings or boost enrollment in your programs, especially voluntary benefits or retirement plans? Are you tapping vendors or brokers for help or online tools? Have you found ways to reduce open enrollment costs?

Please tell us your story in 500 words or less. We’re looking for submissions in three areas:

1. Employee communications (can be general or specific to a particular benefit)
2. Voluntary benefits (selection, enrollment and management)
3. Wellness programs (design, introduction, ongoing promotion, incentives)

You may submit an article on any or all of these topics. Please e-mail your write-up or write-ups to openenrollment@sourcemedia.com by March 18. Include your name, title, your organization’s name, your city and state, and the number of employees you serve.

Broker/advisers and benefits providers are welcome to send along best practices they’ve observed as well.

If we receive articles with the same advice, the earliest submission will be used.

If you have questions, contact Senior Editor Lynn Gresham at lynn.gresham@sourcemedia.com. Thank you! We’re looking forward to hearing from you soon.

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