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4 Essential Tips for Surviving Open Enrollment Season

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Open enrollment season is almost here, and HR departments everywhere are bracing for impact. It’s one of the busiest times of the year, and it conveniently falls amidst the chaos of holiday season. So what’s an HR leader to do?  Keep calm and carry on! 

Here are five tips for survival:

1 – Take a Break
Exit the building for lunch, stand up at your desk and do a few jumping jacks or stretches, swing by your co-worker’s desk for a chat…something to give yourself a break from your desk chair, computer screen and endless meetings. You’ll return feeling slightly more refreshed and ready to tackle that paperwork. There’s also a handy 20-20-20 rule to remember for preventing eye strain: Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

2 – Meditate
There’s an app for that! Calm and Headspace are two popular ones to help you reach your personal state of Zen.  If meditation is too “New Age” for you, take a few deep breaths. Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine say it really works.

3 – Clear Your Clutter 
Just as there’s life changing magic of tidying up at home, you may find that a clean desk does wonders for your state of mind. Happiness expert Gretchen Rubin believes that outer order brings inner calm, so try spending a few minutes cleaning out your files and throwing away any trash or unnecessary items that are cluttering your workspace. Bonus points if you take a before and after photo to really make you feel accomplished!  

4 – Watch Kittens Playing
There are approximately one bajillion videos on YouTube of kittens playing, and there’s good reason – they are highly entertaining. Sometimes we just need to procrastinate for a few minutes and watch something completely mindless and charming. Uber made news by delivering puppies to offices, and there have been several other businesses and dog shelters around the country that have made this stress-reliever a real thing. Even an office fish tank could provide a little viewing pleasure, but nothing beats these founding fathers of feline entertainment.  

Looking for more ideas of how to survive open enrollment? See our blog last year of what employees want out of open enrollment.  

Now, get back to work!