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Archived Results - 2016

Archived AWR results reveal key trends

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2016 Aflac WorkForces Report for Businesses Overview

The Aflac WorkForces Report examines the issues impacting employee benefits. Data from the 6th 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.

- Download the Executive Summary
- Download the Employer Findings Overview
- Download the Employee Findings Overview
- Download the Open Enrollment Overview

Company Size Fact Sheets

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

- Small Companies (<50 employees)
- Medium-sized Companies (50–249 employees)
- Medium-sized Companies (250–999 employees)
- Large Companies (1000–4999 employees) - Large Companies (5000+ employees)

Industry Segment

2016 Aflac WorkForces Report results for benefits decision-makers and employees from the education industry.

- Construction
- Education
- Financial Services
- Government
- Health Care
- Manufacturing
- Professional Services
- Retail
- Technology
- Transportation & Warehousing

Regional Data

The 2016 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.

- Northeast
- South
- Midwest
- West
- Metro
- Rural


Key findings from the 2016 AWR presented in a graphical format.

- The Advantage of Voluntary
- 5 Reasons to Say 'Yes' to Voluntary Insurance
- Lackluster Benefits?
- Top 10 Employee Findings
- Open Enrollment: Top Employee Findings
- Open Enrollment: Top Millennial Findings
- Innovative and Emerging Benefits Trends
- Top 10 Employer Findings
- Traditional Medical Insurance May Not Be Enough
- Workers' Compensation

Income Profiles

Income profile findings from the 2016 AWR data presented in graphical format.

- < $25k Annually
- $25k - $49.9k Annually
- $50k - $74.9k Annually
- $75k - $99.9k Annually
- > $100k Annually

Slide Presentations

Share results from the 2016 AWR using these slide decks outlining the key findings.

- Aflac WorkForces Report Presentation.

Key Insights

8 benefits trends to watch in 2017

Employer-provided benefits will continue to evolve in 2017. From new enrollment technologies to outsourcing benefits administration, here’s the top eight influential benefits trends to expect in the year ahead.

Workplace benefits: The new employer battleground

All’s fair in love and war, as the saying goes. But on the employment battlefield, there’s another arena where all is fair: in the battle for the best and brightest employees. Companies are pulling out all the stops to make sure their employee rosters are stocked with individuals with strong talents.

Are employers spending wisely?

According to the Aflac WorkForces Report, employees were more interested in maintaining health care benefits than other company activities.

Millennials: The debt-averse, insurance-buying generation

Millennials’ aversion to debt and traditional investment plans may explain why, according to the 2016 Aflac WorkForces Report, they are the first in line when it comes to voluntary insurance coverage.

3 ways to control employee turnover

Turnover is inevitable, but don’t let it be the result of things you can control — your company’s culture, leadership and benefits.

The value of voluntary benefits

It’s not all about salary – according to results from the 2016 Aflac WorkForces Report, 60 percent of employees are likely to take a job with slightly lower pay but a more robust benefits package. The report further suggests a link between voluntary benefits and financially sound companies and employees.

Career coverage: The voluntary insurance need at different life stages

Voluntary insurance policies are optional benefits that employers may choose to offer to employees, who usually pay the premiums. Voluntary insurance helps ensure people who are sick or hurt have the funds they need to pay health-related costs their primary insurance might not cover, such as deductibles, copayments and prescriptions. Plus it helps pay the regular bills such as rent, utilities, car payments and groceries that continue to roll in even if a person is too ill or injured to work.

The reality of high-deductible plans

Employers who offer HDHPs save on health care costs, and by being conscientious about preventive care and medical procedures, employees may save, too.

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.