COLUMBUS, Ga., Aug. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of
small business decision-makers are concerned about their company's ability to
provide a benefits package that will attract and retain employees, according
to a recent survey commissioned by Aflac.
Now small business owners have access to free resources like "Attracting
and Retaining Excellent Employees," a booklet that offers insightful
background information, research and tips on health benefits. The booklet
addresses the specific needs of small business owners and is downloadable from
Aflac's small business-focused Web site, www.aflacsb.com in the Tips and
"The success of any organization resides within its people, so attracting
and keeping good employees is critical," said Paul S. Amos II, executive vice
president and chief operating officer of Aflac. "Because Aflac recognizes and
respects the contribution small businesses make to the growth of our economy,
we want to offer resources relevant to them."
The Aflac-commissioned survey of 501 small business decision-makers also
found that 37 percent are concerned that health benefit offerings impact their
ability to attract and retain good employees and nearly half (49 percent) of
respondents agree that they cannot attract and retain top-quality employees
without offering competitive health benefits.
"Aflac is taking strides in the small business sector to offer resources
such as our small business Web site www.aflacsb.com," said Amos. "Through the
Web site and other vehicles, we hope to proactively engage and address the
specific challenges, concerns and needs of small business owners."
Aflacsb.com includes tips, research, downloadable resources like the
"Attracting and Retaining Excellent Employees" booklet and a variety of other
information from Aflac and small business experts. To read or download
"Attracting and Retaining Excellent Employees" and other small business tips,
For more than 50 years, Aflac products have given policyholders the
opportunity to direct cash where it is needed most when a life-interrupting
medical event causes financial challenges. Aflac is the number one provider of
guaranteed-renewable insurance in the United States and the number one
insurance company in terms of individual insurance policies in force in Japan.
Aflac's insurance products provide protection to more than 40 million people
worldwide. Aflac has been included in Fortune magazine's listing of America's
Most Admired Companies for six consecutive years and Forbes magazine's
Platinum 400 List of America's Best Big Companies for five consecutive years.
In January 2006, Aflac was included in Fortune magazine's list of the 100 Best
Companies to Work For in America for the eighth consecutive year. Aflac was
also included in Fortune magazine's list of the Top 50 Employers for
Minorities in August 2005, and in September 2005, Aflac Japan was named the
Life Insurance Company of the Year at the Asia Insurance Industry Awards,
sponsored by the Asia Insurance Review. Aflac Incorporated is a Fortune 500
company listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AFL. To find
out more about Aflac, visit aflac.com.
About the Survey
On behalf of Aflac, StrategyOne, an applied research consulting firm,
conducted a national online survey among 501 small business owners/managers to
better understand their perceptions of and experiences with health benefits.
The survey, which has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 at the 95 percent
confidence level, was conducted using the field services of Harris Interactive
in May 2006.
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