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Benefits Trends

Midwest U.S.

Employer Results

Surveyed 455 Business Decision Makers

83% offer major medical health insurance.
30% offer voluntary insurance.
Current Benefits Landscape
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Employer Concerns
19% controlling costs.
19% managing the productivity of their workforce.
31% finding the right amount and level of talent to achieve business goals.

Employee Results

Surveyed 1,304 Business Decision Makers

81% are enrolled in major medical health insurance.
30% are enrolled in voluntary insurance.
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Happiness
69% say improving their benefits package would make them happier employees.
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Growing Importance of Voluntary Insurance
47% agree that they regularly underestimate the total cost of an injury or illness, including medical, household and out-of-pocket costs.
26% of employees say that if their employer did not provide adequate health insurance coverage, they would purchase additional, affordable insurance products.
Value of Benefits
63% say a benefits package offering is extremely or very important to their job satisfaction, and 56 percent say it’s extremely or very important to their employer loyalty.
56% are at least somewhat likely to accept a job with slightly lower pay but better benefits.
39% say improving their benefits package is one thing their employer could do to keep them in their jobs.
19% have left a job or turned down a job offer due to the benefits offered.
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Financial Well-being
66% of employees would be able to pay less than $1,000 for out-of-pocket expenses if an unexpected serious illness or accident occurred today.
12% of employees say high medical costs have negatively impacted their credit scores.

About the Study

The 2017 Aflac WorkForces Report was conducted by Lightspeed/GMI on behalf of Aflac.

Archived Results

View previous Aflac WorkForces Report research:

- 2015 AWR Findings
- 2014 AWR Findings
- 2013 AWR Findings
- 2012 AWR Findings
- 2011 AWR Findings