Do you suffer from ophidiophobia? That’s a fear of snakes. Or do you have trypanophobia, a fear of needles? You could also have coulrophobia, a fear of clowns. While all three phobias are fairly common, if you’re like many HR pros and third-party administrators, you might suffer from something a little different – OEphobia, a fear of open enrollment.

OK, so OEphobia might not be recognized by any mental health organization, but it’s clearly a source of dread for many individuals. If you experience OEphobia, you may be suffering from these related fears as well.

The Fear of Forgetting Something

There’s a lot to keep track of during open enrollment. You have so many items to process and notices to send. It’s easy to feel like you’re forgetting something.

Recommended treatment: You can’t keep track of everything, but an automated system can. By using a COBRA open enrollment administration software, you reduce the risk of human error and get rid of the nagging feeling that you’re forgetting something.

The Fear of Being Left Out

Do you ever worry that you’re missing out on something great? It’s called FOMO, the fear of missing out, and it’s a common experience. No one likes to feel forgotten.

Unfortunately, when people aren’t around every day, it can be easy to forget about them. This means that active employees might stay on your radar while retirees and COBRA participants fall through the cracks.

Recommended treatment: Once again, automation is the key to recovery. With the right software, you can ensure that no one gets left out.

The Fear of Paper Cuts

Pulpuslacerataphobia is the fear of paper cuts. Even if your fears aren’t extreme enough to be called a phobia, you probably don’t like paper cuts. Nobody does. When you have to send out all the notices involved in open enrollment, though, a few paper cuts seem likely.

Recommended treatment: Sometimes we need to face our fears – but this isn’t one of those times. By using print fulfillment services, you eliminate the risk of paper cuts while also saving time and money.

The Fear of Zombies

If you’re afraid of undead brain-eaters, you have kinemortophobia.

There are a lot of different types of zombies: fast ones and slow ones, those caused by disease and those caused by curses. There are also the zombies of open enrollment, those pesky problems that come back from the grave to bite you.

Recommended treatment: In this case, immersion therapy is the way to go. By studying the different types of open enrollment zombies, you can learn how to defeat them. Download our 9 OE Zombies handout today. You’ll get the info you need to avoid 9 ghastly open enrollment mistakes and help OE Zombies REST IN PEACE.