Shannon Arens

Wellbeing Consultant

Sequoia Consulting Group

Shannon Arens is a Wellbeing Consultant at Sequoia Consulting Group. Shannon partners with enterprise clients to develop or build upon their employee wellbeing strategy. By focusing on the four pillars of wellbeing: physical, emotional, family, and financial, she helps to identify gaps, assess the vendor landscape and maximize engagement.

Speaker Questionnaire
What is the biggest thing you learned in 2020?

Employee needs are diverse and not a one-size-fits-all. Employers will do well to listen to employees and not assume they know what they need. But also, not all concerns are voiced by employees, so still important to listen to the trends.

What do you feel are the two most important benefits or areas that need to be a top priority in 2021?

Financial well-being, help with decisions (health plans, employee stock, preparing for an IPO, etc.). Mental well-being for the employee and their family.

Can you share a story on an area of your healthcare program or employee benefits where you were able to create significant savings or stop costs from rising?

If you could automatically receive a 10-20% reduction in costs in three areas/programs, what would your dream list be?

From what I know from clients: out-of-network mental health costs.

What is the most innovative program you will focus on in 2021 and/or 2022?

Top of mind for clients is financial wellbeing, decisions around returning to the office, and continue mental health and family support.

How are you re-imagining corporate culture & well-being?

What virtual care solutions did you roll out during the pandemic? How valuable were they and why?

If you look at our 3 Moonshots - Costs, Culture, and Care; In one sentence, tell us what would be something positive for us to take from 2020 and bring into this new year?

1 Conference. 3 Moonshots.

Costs

Moonshot #1​

Reduce employer healthcare and benefits costs by 25% by 2025.​

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Culture

Moonshot #2​

Reimagine engagement and well-being.

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Care

Moonshot #3

Provide 40% of healthcare services virtually and through technology by 2025.​

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