- 5% of employees at large companies say their employer does not offer insurance benefits.
- The benefits package for employees at large companies includes:
| Major Medical
|| Disability Insurance
| Life Insurance
|| Voluntary Insurance
| Critical Illness
|| Flex Spending Plan
| Dental Insurance
|| 401(k) or pension
| Vision Insurance
|| Flex Work Options
|| 43% |
- 36% of employees are only somewhat satisfied with their overall benefits package; 14 % are not very/not at all satisfied.
- 30% of workers say their current benefits package only meets their family’s needs somewhat well; 14% say their benefits package meets their needs not very/not at all well.
- When asked if they feel fully protected by their current insurance coverage, 38% of workers at large companies say they only somewhat agree; 24% say they somewhat/strongly disagree.
- A little more than one-fourth (28%) believe their benefits packages are less competitive than that of their peers.
- Nearly half (49%) of employees at large businesses agree they would be more informed about health insurance choices if an insurance consultant were present during enrollment.
- 43% agree that a well-communicated benefits program would make them less likely to leave their jobs.
- 45% of employees say they don’t receive enough communication about employee benefits from their HR departments.
- 38% say they get their insurance advice/information from colleagues, friends and/or family.
- 20% of workers at large companies believe their HR departments communicate not very/not at all effectively about employer benefits; 41% say their HR teams communicate only somewhat effectively.
- 41% of employees say they are only somewhat informed about benefits offered at their companies, and 12% say they’re not very/not at all informed.
- Only 9% of employees strongly agree they need to be more engaged in making decisions about their health insurance coverage.
- 68% of employees strongly agree they would be more likely to take advantage of a benefits package tailored to their personal situation.
- The majority of employees (60%) say that an overall benefits package is very/extremely influential on work productivity.
- 50% of employees say adequate insurance coverage would play a significant role in helping them cope with personal issues.
- When asked if they take full advantage of their company’s benefits packages, 39% of employees at large companies say they only somewhat agree; 18% say they somewhat/strongly disagree.
- 45% of employees at large companies say they are not very/not at all prepared to pay out-of-pocket expenses not covered by major medical insurance.
- 27% have less than $500 available to pay out-of-pocket health care costs resulting from an accident or serious illness.
- Of the 42% of workers who have experienced issues affecting their ability to get work done, 46% say they experienced immediate family problems.
- Nearly half (48%) of employees say their level of health insurance coverage greatly influences their financial stability.
- When asked if they have confidence in their ability to cope with the financial impact of possible events, such as illness or injury, 33% of employees say they only somewhat agree; 31% say they somewhat/strongly disagree.
- 58% of employees at large companies say they are offered voluntary benefits; however, only 33% are enrolled.
- 30% of employees at large companies say additional voluntary insurance benefits would allow them to meet their coverage needs while another 35% say the additional benefits would provide more comprehensive insurance coverage.
- The majority (61%) of employees say they would be likely to purchase voluntary insurance benefits offered by their employers.
- 14% of employees say their HR departments are not very/not at all knowledgeable about voluntary benefits; 40% say their HR organizations are only somewhat knowledgeable.
The 2012 Aflac WorkForces Report was conducted January 24–February 23, 2012, by Research Now on behalf of Aflac.