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The technology of benefits outsourcing: helping employees help themselves.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Benefits quarterly
Publication Date
Volume
13
Issue
1
Pages
28–31
Identifiers
PMID: 10166969
Source
Medline

Abstract

The exponential growth of health plan offerings and increased use of defined contribution retirement plans has caused a fundamental shift in the way that benefits management is done. Specifically, the authors point out that we are moving into an era of "self-service" in employee benefits, with employees often taking the role of management of their own benefits through use of technology. Outsourcing benefits management through the use of technology has meant the role of HR departments has shifted from personnel administrators to strategic business partners. By outsourcing administrative functions and maximizing the power of new interactive technology, human resource departments are able to focus on the strategic needs of the company to adapt to the challenges of the future.

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