Employee Benefits Programs Can Incentivize Your Workers

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Of All the Means to Create Incentive with An Employee, Employee Benefits is Still King

A shrinking workforce, higher operational costs, and many overseas economies on the rebound, employee benefits have gone from an employee incentive to a employer necessity

Attracting and retaining talented professionals is not always about money.

Your ability to offer key benefits will appeal to potential employees and generate loyalty and a sense of pride with your current employees.

A well thought-out benefit plan can improve productivity as employees are more effective when they are assured of security for themselves and their families.

When employees take pride in their employer and the way their employer treats them, turnover is reduced.

When in negotiations with a prospective employer, the candidate has 3 things in mind…

  • What can you do for my family immediately?
  • What can you do for my family in the near future? and
  • What can you do for my family in the long term?

Each benefit you offer will be considered within this context — salary, of course, is an immediate benefit…

Employees will assess their benefits with due diligence as well as vigilance

Immediate Benefit: Health Insurance

The most valued benefit is health insurance, according to the Employee Benefits Research Institute.

Approximately 98% of respondents offer

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  • health
  • dental
  • vision
  • long-term disability
  • short term disability and
  • accidental death and dismemberment insurance

according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s 2012 survey.

With that many employers offering the basics, you must find a way to make your benefits distinct.

Offering several different deductible options, differing plans with lower premiums from a larger number of providers can make your organization more appealing.

With Obamacare looming, businesses are scrambling to find health insurance plans to avoid paying penalties.

Near Future: Financial & Compensation Benefits

Benefits such as sick days, vacation days, and holidays are offered by 99% of employers.

Peak potential candidates interest in your company by offering a unique work environment.\

Flexible work hours or the ability to work from home is very common.

Working remotely is very popular and can give an employee an immediate sense of trust.

Other programs to note…

  • Preventative health and wellness benefits such as smoking cessation programs, health assessments and wellness assessments are on the rise in the last 4 years — from 72% in 2009 to 77% in 2013
  • 61% of organizations offer undergraduate educational assistance, and
  • 59% offer graduate educational assistance

A 2012 study by SHRM revealed the maximum reimbursement allowed for tuition expense on average is $4,980.

Long Term: Retirement Savings and Planning Benefits

According to the SHRM study, 92% of employers offer defined contribution retirement plans.

Establishing an employee retirement plan may offer tax benefits.

Often, employer contributions to retirement plans are generally tax-deductible.

Also, your business may be eligible for a tax credit for establishing a qualified retirement plan.

The United States Department of Labor Employee Benefits Security Administration has a website to help you choose a retirement plan to suit your business needs.

If you are one of the 86% of small businesses that have 10 or fewer employees and are not offering retirement plans, click here to view more stats about small business retirement obstacles and potential ways to solve them.


The Last Word

Everyone everywhere — and we are talking globally — is struggling to find the resources that have the skill sets needed for the opportunities they have available.

This is compounded by a shrinking workforce in most countries as well as emerging countries, who have the most resources, are finding they don’t have skill sets as well.

It has become both a employer’s and an employee’s market — and being honest on what you can do and offer as an employee, as well as what you can offer as an employer, is going to pay dividends down the road, even if it means some pain today.

Learn to leverage however you can to obtain the best benefits for your employees — insurance co-ops are starting to rise in number, see what you can gain there.

But the most important thing you can do for any employee, at any level, is provide appreciation — this is the number one request from all employees.

After all, anyone may make more someplace else, but the luster of that fatter check will wear off soon if appreciation is not being provided.


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