After going remote during the pandemic, a Tampa health technology company is returning to the office — and expanding its workforce in the process.
BeniComp, which aims to cut employer health insurance costs through wellness and worker incentive programs, will add 100 jobs to its Tampa team by 2025, according to the Tampa Bay Economic Development Council. To make room, the company has leased a new 3,000-square-foot space at the Tampa City Center downtown.
“I would say that we’ll be filling up this office space probably by the end of the year, for sure,” said BeniComp president Steve Presser.
The company will primarily be looking for software developers and preventative health care advisors, but will also have new positions in accounting, customer service and project management, Presser said.
“We did hire a little outside of Tampa during the pandemic,” he said. “We’re really trying to focus our energy right now in the Tampa Bay area, just because of that desire to have people and a highly collaborative, innovative location. We have found a lot of great staff in the Tampa Bay area.”
Founded in 1962 in BeniComp relocated its headquarters to Tampa in 2016 from Fort Wayne, Ind., where it still keeps an operations office. It has a global workforce of around 70, including 25 to 30 in Tampa, which Presser calls its “innovation office.” Until early 2020, it was housed in a 2,000-square-foot space in another downtown building.
“It was a lot of energy — beanbags, standing desks, writing on all the walls,” he said. “Then the pandemic hit, and immediately everyone scattered, and we decided to work from home because it was just too much of a hassle. Somebody would sneeze and we’d shut down the office.”
The new space should aid BeniComp in being more aggressive in the Tampa Bay market. The company used to work primarily with businesses with 100 employees or more; it’s lowered that threshold to 25 or more in order to attract a wider range of clients who finance their own health insurance.
“We would love to own our backyard,” Presser said. “Creating population health management not just for employer groups, but for a collection of employer groups in the Tampa Bay area, would be amazing. It’s to our benefit to have our preventative health specialists easily drive across town and go on site and work with employees. We’d love to be more hands-on and personal.”