The most important HR issues are:
- Controlling health care costs
- Retaining employees
- Increasing worker productivity
- Offering robust benefits while staying within budget/cost constraints is a top benefits challenge for 55% of medium-sized companies.
- Understanding the changing health care landscape is the second-largest benefits challenge for 34% of medium-sized companies
The top three objectives for benefits programs are:
- Taking care of employees
- Increasing employee satisfaction
- Retaining employees
- Nearly one in three (32%) decision-makers at medium-sized companies say their current benefits package meets employee needs only somewhat/not very well.
- 46% of HR decision-makers think it is extremely/very important to tailor benefits offerings to employees at different levels or life stages, yet only 35% of medium-sized companies do so.
- Just 38% of HR decision-makers at medium-sized companies believe their employees are extremely/very knowledgeable about benefits offered at their organizations.
- 75% of medium-sized companies use a broker or benefits consultant to help determine benefits options, the highest percentage among companies of all sizes.
- 45% of HR decision-makers believe they only communicate somewhat effectively with employees about benefits.
- The majority of medium-sized businesses (60%) say their employees understand their company’s benefits communications, but only 27% survey or measure their employees’ understanding of benefits communications.
- 41% of HR decision-makers say it is extremely/very important to customize benefits communication approaches to employees at different levels or life stages, but only 26% do so.
- When it comes to benefits offerings, truly understanding what employees want is a top benefits challenge for 19% of medium-sized businesses; however, only 28% of medium-sized businesses survey or measure employee preferences or needs when it comes to benefits options.
- One-quarter (25%) of medium-sized companies only communicate with their employees about benefits during open enrollment or new hire enrollment.
Representatives of medium-sized companies say their top challenges when adding voluntary benefits include:
- Having employees with an interest in purchasing the coverage
- Getting employees to understand their different options
- Administering the program
- 41% of medium-sized companies currently offer voluntary insurance to their employees, and just 6% say they would not consider adding new voluntary insurance products.
- 27% of medium-sized companies say satisfying employee demand or interest would be their primary reason for adding voluntary benefits.
- Just 21% of HR decision-makers believe their employees are extremely/very knowledgeable about voluntary benefits.
Decision-makers at medium-sized companies believe an overall benefits package is very/extremely influential on:
- Job satisfaction
- Worker loyalty
- Worker productivity
- 63% of decision-makers believe employees should be more engaged in making benefits decisions.
- 64% of decision-makers say immediate family problems are the most prevalent source of worker distraction, followed by financial problems and health problems.
- Decision-makers at medium-sized companies are most likely to believe that productivity is lost because employees are concerned about personal issues (70%).
The 2012 Aflac WorkForces Report was conducted January 24–February 23, 2012, by Research Now on behalf of Aflac.