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If you’ve ever been to the DMV, you know that it’s a boring, annoying process. No one looks forward to going to the DMV. Why is it then, that U.S. workers say they dread the open enrollment process only marginally less than renewing their driver’s license or passport? According to a new survey by MetLife, Americans dread the benefits enrollment process that comes around every year.

I spoke with MetLife’s Meredith Ryan-Reid, Senior Vice President, Group Benefits about this survey and why this issue is so important. To start off, she gave us the rundown of some of the survey findings:

But why is it that this process is so unpleasant for folks?

There’s More Information Than People Can Consume

Just like at the grocery store, where it’s difficult to choose one jar of mayonnaise when there are 30 different brands, it can be overwhelming and difficult to get the health insurance facts that you need. Where there is so much to read and so much to choose from, it can feel paralyzing and impossible to make a decision.

They Don’t Know If They Made the Right Choice

According to Reid, “There is broad advice to follow but clicking the boxes feels weighty. There’s not enough affirmation that they made the right decision.” Related to there being too much information, it can be hard to know if you’ve made the right decision for yourself and your family if there are too many things to choose from.

People Don’t Like Uncertainty

Humans don’t like feeling uncertain. Whenever there is uncertainty, people will fill it with negative thoughts and anxiety. It can make the process feel much scarier than it actually is, which can lead to people avoiding it and making an impulsive choice at the last minute.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. There are ways that things can be made easier and more manageable.

What Employers Can Do to Make This Easier

MetLife’s Reid had great recommendations for employers when it comes to making the enrollment process easier:

What Individuals Can Do Moving Forward

But while employers need to do better to properly equip their employees, there are steps that individuals can take too:

Good luck and get enrolled in health insurance!

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