It's open enrollment season, which for many workers, might not mean much. That's a costly misconception.
Nearly half of all employees spend 30 minutes or less reviewing their benefits before enrolling, according to recent research by employee benefits provider Unum.
Michael Simonds, the president and CEO of Unum, recommends considering short-term needs, such as braces for your child, and the long term, as in life insurance. "This is where being informed is important," he said.