Only Half of Employees Feel They Understand Their Benefits

Only Half of Employees Feel They Understand Their Benefits

Employees are losing ground when it comes to understanding their workplace benefits – in fact, while a couple years ago 77 percent said they understood them, that’s now fallen to just 50 percent, says a new report from Alight Solutions.

That’s not good news for employers, since it affects how employees perceive the value they’re getting from their bosses. And that can cause problems when it comes to recruiting and retaining top talent, since if they don’t feel they and their families are getting top value, they’ll look elsewhere.

In fact, says the report, “overall employee experience is not meeting expectations nor is the experience perceived as particularly productive or inspiring.” That’s definitely weighing on retention, since 54 percent are now either passively or actively considering finding a new job – up four points from 2017.

Research has found that incentives, well-being, career/development/training and recognition programs are the least understood – leading employees not to appreciate their value.

So what can you, as the employer, do? You should look to implement strong and concise benefits programs, since employees who feel employer rewards do meet their needs are seven times more likely to be engaged than employees who don’t.

In addition, flexibility is a must – with 51 percent of employees saying they wouldn’t even consider a job with less flexibility than their current role. And it takes a lot of money to make them change their minds; the report says that on average, those who might be willing to move to a less flexible job would want a pay raise of at least 31 percent to make up for the flexibility loss.

Then there’s communication – with more than half of workers saying that effective communication
(58 percent) and collaboration (57 percent) should be common practice at any employer. If employees aren’t understanding their benefits, that’s obviously not the case.

So what else do employees say are the differentiators between jobs? Fun, flexibility, and better rewards continue to be top characteristics that can differentiate one employer from another. Innovation and stimulating work closely follow, with stimulating work moving up the list from 8th place in 2017.

Employees say “this really differentiates one employer from another”:

59%      is a fun place to work

59%      has a flexible work environment

59%      provides better than average pay

57%      provides better than average benefits

55%      is an innovative organization

55%      provides stimulating work