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Archived Results - 2014

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2014 Aflac WorkForces Report for Businesses Overview

The Aflac WorkForces Report examines the issues impacting employee benefits. Data from the 4th annual Aflac WorkForces Report shows the impact health care reform is having in the workplace, the widening gap between companies that actively leverage benefits as part of their business strategy and those who do not, and the growing importance of voluntary benefits to workers.

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Company Size Fact Sheets

When it comes to benefits, the size of your workforce plays a significant role in shaping your programs.

- Small Companies (<100 employees)
- Medium-sized Companies (100–499 employees)
- Large Companies (500+ employees)

Industry Segment

2014 Aflac WorkForces Report results for benefits decision-makers and employees from the education industry.

- Education
- Financial Services
- Government
- Health Care
- Manufacturing
- Retail
- Technology

Regional Data

The 2014 Aflac WorkForces Report reviewed state and city demographic data to uncover workforce trends across the nation. Click to view findings specific to U.S. Geographic Locations.

- National
- Northeast
- Southeast
- Midwest
- West


Key findings from the 2014 AWR presented in a graphical format.

- Controlling Cost
- Financial Crisis
- HCR Confusion
- Growing Need
- Open Enrollment
- Financial Matters
- Rising Medical Costs
- The Impact of HCR
- The Value of Benefits
- The Importance of Voluntary
- Small Business

Slide Presentations

Share results from the 2014 AWR using these slide decks outlining the key findings.

- Overview: Employer and Employee Results.
- The Impact of Health Care Reform
- The Growing Importance of Voluntary Insurance
- Four Ways Wellness Participants Thrive at Work

Chart Packs

Charts and graphs highlighting the key findings from the 2014 AWR for your use.

- The Value of Benefits
- Health Care Reform Impact
- Financial Findings
- Employer Findings
- Communications Findings
- Trends

Key Insights

Health care reform and the transformation of workplace benefits

New research from the 2014 Aflac WorkForces Report1 finds that despite a lack of clarity about the impact of health care reform, businesses are cautiously forging ahead with changes to their benefits plans. As a result, employees may be left on their own when it comes to benefits education and financial protection.

Waste not, want not

Americans throw away $750 per year with benefits-options mistakes

Many Americans spend the last few days of a pay period frantically checking their bank balances. That's because their accounts are often pennies away from being overdrawn: 76 percent are living paycheck to paycheck, which means the next injection of cash can't come soon enough.

Given this sad state of financial affairs, you might think workers are using voluntary-benefits open enrollment to look for ways to enhance their health care coverage and save money too. Unfortunately, that's not the case: 90 percent push the easy button by choosing the same benefits year after year, and 42 percent estimate wasting up to $750 annually by making mistakes with their insurance benefits options.

Employees roll the dice on health matters

National statistics claim 75 percent of U.S. adults have gambled in the past year, but employees may be gambling with something they aren’t ready to lose – their health. Results from the fourth annual Aflac WorkForces Report show individuals are overly optimistic about their likelihood of experiencing accident or illness, they’re wary to seek medical treatment and few are making healthier choices, despite knowing they should.

Answers to tough benefits-enrollment questions

Employees face many new decisions during open enrollment. Aflac helps small-business leaders tackle key benefits-enrollment challenges to better equip employees to make decisions for the year ahead.

Time well spent?

Americans spend more time shopping for televisions and computers than they devote to choosing health insurance. When it’s time to select their health insurance options, most Americans do a thorough job of researching the types and amounts of benefits that best meet their unique needs, right? Wrong. They devote more time to shopping for computers and televisions and researching new cars than to choosing the health insurance coverage that helps protect their physical and financial well-being.

The growing importance of voluntary insurance benefits

Voluntary insurance benefits are gaining a lot of positive attention and for good reason. Trends from the fourth annual Aflac WorkForces Report show voluntary insurance products are increasingly important to employees and employers.

Small businesses regain some ground

Still challenged with the slow economy, small businesses reveal in the fourth annual Aflac WorkForces Report that they aren’t enthusiastic about hiring. Instead, they’re more positive when it comes to other matters, including understanding health care reform and taking better care of their employees.

Stretching the truth about money and health

Sometimes it’s hard to be completely honest with ourselves – and that’s okay when denial is limited to small, harmless issues. But deluding ourselves about health and finances can be dangerous not only for ourselves but for our loved ones too.

Help relieve employees' financial famine with a feast of benefits options

For many workers, a leaky roof, an unexpected car repair or an unexpected illness can be financially disastrous. In fact, a recent survey found that 76 percent of Americans live paycheck to paycheck. Employers can help workers bridge financial gaps by adding a wealth of voluntary insurance options to their employees' benefits plans.

For employers, benefits enrollment starts today

Employee open enrollment is months away, but for smart companies it begins now – long before it's too late to make plan changes that directly affect the financial stability of their workforces. Find out how business leaders can help ensure employee well-being and contentment with the actions they take today.

About the Study

The 2023-2024 Aflac WorkForces Report is the 13th annual research study examining benefits trends and attitudes. The surveys, conducted by Kantar, captured responses from 1,201 employers and 2,000 employees across the United States in various industries.