Although companies tend to spend heavily on employee benefits plans, many are not communicating the value of those benefits to their workforces, as revealed by a recent employee benefits research study conducted by HR.com in partnership with BambooHR, a provider of online HR software.
The study is based on HR.com’s Communicating Employee Benefits Survey, which was conducted in late 2016 and early 2017 and gathered responses from 1,004 HR professionals. The research found that less than a quarter of participants said that “employees take full advantage of the resources available to them to fully understand and use the company’s benefits plan.”
“Employee benefits are almost a third of the average cost of employee compensation in the U.S., but employers aren’t doing enough to communicate the real value of those benefits. That’s a missed opportunity for a lot of companies,” stated Debbie McGrath, Chief Instigator and CEO, HR.com.
A presentation of the research findings will take place via webinar:
“How to Maximize the Value of Employee Benefits: Communication Is Key”
May 2, 2017 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET
According to the report, part of the problem appears to be that many employers are not communicating the actual value of their own benefits offerings. Only half of the survey respondents agreed with the statement that “my company helps its employees understand the added value that their benefits contribute to their compensation.” And just 16% strongly agreed with the statement.
The problems are generally not with the benefits plans themselves. Nearly two-thirds (64%) of HR professionals report being satisfied with their company’s employee benefits package.
The survey responses highlight that employers are not, however, diligent about gathering worker feedback. Few organizations allow employee feedback during the benefits options decision-making process, and collecting feedback is not commonplace during other phases, either.
To educate and train employees about benefits offerings, many HR staff use time-intensive one-on-one consultation, but results illustrate that they would prefer to rely more on external representatives of benefits providers or on online sites that employees can access on their own.
The study also showed that less than half of the participants believe upper management is “totally committed” to employee wellness, and only about two-fifths say their organizations have initiatives supporting work-life balance.
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