Open Enrollment is Coming Up!

Summer is in full swing, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start thinking about Open Enrollment! This year’s Open Enrollment period will be from October 1 to October 27, 2023. During this time, you’ll have the opportunity to make changes to your health insurance, dental insurance, flexible spending accounts, and voluntary benefits.

We’re excited to announce that Anthem will be our new Employee Assistance Program (EAP) vendor starting August 1. EAP offers a wide range of no-cost support services and resources to benefit-eligible employees. Visit the HR Employee Portal at to learn more!

We’ll be sending out more information about Open Enrollment in the coming months, including details about TWO new voluntary benefits offered through Pierce Insurance. Until then, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • The Amplifon Hearing Programis available at no cost to Delta Dental members. You can save up to 66% off retail pricing on hearing aids!
  • Open Enrollment does not include retirement and life insurance. We encourage you, however, to review your accounts and make changes as necessary. Manage your beneficiaries, view your account balance, and create a benefit estimate using your myVRS
    • VRS offers members one-on-one meetings, webinars, and classroom sessions. Sign up at org/education/!
  • Life insurance changes can be made at any time throughout the year. You can review your coverage and make changes through myVRS. Once logged in, select the “My History” drop-down and click “Life Insurance.”
    • On the right-hand side of the page, click the “Visit Securian” button and click “Continue” to be re-directed to the Securian Financial website.

If you have additional questions about your benefits, please review the Employee Website or contact the Benefits Department by phone at (804) 501-7371 or email [email protected].

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LinkedIn: Henrico County & Employees in the Digital World

Henrico County and its employees utilize LinkedIn to highlight its initiatives, attract new employees, and collaborate with outside entities to gain fresh perspectives. This social media platform allows employees and employers alike to network virtually in a professional setting.

According to Phil Szomszor, LinkedIn sales manager, as of November 2021, “LinkedIn claims that 57 million companies are listed on the platform.” Within these 57 million companies, Henrico County is represented on the network as a government administrative company with 2,041 employees active on LinkedIn. Users of LinkedIn, including Henrico employees, have the opportunity to upload resumes to their user profile, post professional announcements, and maintain online communication with colleagues. 

Whitney Crain, Manager of the Talent Acquisition Division of Human Resources at the County, incorporated Henrico County’s LinkedIn and her personal LinkedIn into her professional career. “I highlight hard-to-fill positions on my page that departments can share on their pages or anything … to promote the County as a preferred employer,” said Ms. Crain. 

Across Henrico’s forty-one departments, Ms. Crain said she has “seen people in all industries on LinkedIn, and I feel all voices and industries need a voice on the platform.” Regarding Henrico County’s page, Ms. Crain said that checking it “helps keep you in the know on what’s new and spotlights initiatives that can be shared on your personal page to help market the County.” 

Henrico’s Human Resources Department’s Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion administrative assistant, Kendall Johnson, echoed these sentiments. Ms. Johnson said she creates connections on LinkedIn “to stay up to date with my former and current colleagues, as well as others that I am continuously meeting through conferences and partnerships with my organization.” 

LinkedIn’s universality “allows me a chance to keep up with the work they are doing, new findings they discover, and keep in touch with other professionals along their career journey,” said Ms. Johnson. “The platform brings together a community of professionals across the County, nation, and internationally.” 

In the County’s Public Relations department, undergraduate intern Ava Posey referenced the Henrico internship program which features interns and their experiences throughout the summer. On this note, Ms. Posey said, “Through these posts, I have connected with other interns on the platform and been able to gain a wider perspective on what goes on in the county.”

LinkedIn users can like, comment, or repost any posts from an account, including Henrico County’s account. “Interacting with County LinkedIn posts boosts those posts onto the pages of your followers, creating a wider network of connections and possibilities,” said Ms. Posey.

Follow Henrico County’s LinkedIn or join LinkedIn today to become connected to the County’s digital presence!




Szomszor, Phil. “LinkedIn Statistics You’ll Want at Your Fingertips – 2021/22.” LinkedIn, Accessed 13 July 2023.

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Join us for a Healthy Eating Lunch & Learn Series

Healthy eating learning opportunities impart knowledge and skills to help employees choose and consume healthy foods and beverages.


Get answers to one of the most important questions you can ask yourself, how can I live the most extended, healthiest life possible? The Human Resources’ Fitness & Wellness Division has teamed up with Bon Secours Outpatient Nutrition to provide nutrition education programming to County employees in person and virtually. 


All nutrition sessions present contemporary scientific information on nutrition and disease prevention while building awareness of ways to preserve optimal lifetime health. From diabetes, emotional versus mindful eating, sports nutrition, macronutrients, and meal planning, you’ll go beyond the ‘fluff’ and explore how to make small and sustainable behavior changes to positively impact your nutritional health and overall wellness.


In case you missed the ‘Balancing Macronutrients’ class offered in July, you can view the whole presentation or just the slideshow online. Here is what your co-workers had to say about it:

I enjoyed the presenter’s style… the nutrition information was explained in a way that was not technical and easy to understand.  

This was great… I’m looking forward to the next class on Meal Planning.

I thought the class was very interesting and informative! The presentation was easy to understand, and she was obviously very knowledgeable and a good speaker.

The class was really good and what some of us needed. The information was very valuable, and I’m looking forward to the meal planning one. I am going to change some of the things I buy from now on.


Visit the Fitness & Wellness SharePoint site for a complete list of upcoming sessions

You can attend in person or virtually and register by emailing [email protected].


Join us on August 24 for our next session all about Mastering Meal Planning!

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