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The vast majority of American workers say that the benefits package an employer offers, especially health insurance, is important in their decision to accept or reject a job. Yet a quarter of employees are not satisfied with the offerings, according to a new survey.
The 2013 Health and Voluntary Workplace Benefits Survey by the nonprofit Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) and research firm Greenwald and Associates, released in November, reveals that:
“Employers that offer a strong employee benefits package should find themselves with a competitive advantage over other companies when it comes to attracting and retaining desirable employees,” notes the survey report, Views on the value of Voluntary Workplace Benefits, published in the November EBRI Notes.
As the report explains, benefits coverage in the workplace, including health insurance, is far from universal:
In an unrelated survey, nearly half (42 percent) of U.S. small business owners with between one to 100 full-time employees do not offer any benefits, and one-third (36 percent) are sharing some benefits costs with their employees, according to The Hartford’s 2013 Small Business Success Study.
A total of 2,000 interviews were completed with small business owners across the U.S. between July 26 and Aug. 12, 2013. All respondents had fewer than 100 full-time employees and had been in business for at least one year.
Among small business owners that do offer benefits, such as life insurance and short-term disability insurance, many are sharing these costs with employees:
Short-term Disability Insurance*
Paid for by owner completely
Share the costs with employees
Paid for by employees completely
*Asked only to small business owners who have full-time employees and offer the specific type of insurance cited. Source: The Hartford.
“Voluntary benefits can help small businesses attract and retain talented employees by allowing them to offer competitive benefits packages,” said Donato Monaco, vice president of small business for The Hartford’s group benefits. “Voluntary benefits are no longer only for large companies.”
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