As employers, sometimes we just want to maintain the status quo or make the easiest decision. We often see this inertia as employers struggle to balance escalating benefits costs with organizational financial targets. Passing along higher costs to employees seems to be the easiest and most traditional way to maintain equilibrium. Meanwhile, employees often passively enroll in the same original plan they chose when first eligible for benefits, even though their needs may have drastically changed. As we move into rising costs and evolving healthcare options, our work shows us that understanding the data behind escalating benefits costs, particularly medical and pharmacy, is the first step in developing a winning total rewards benefits strategy. We'll review three known winning data-driven strategies to solve the benefit trend.