Benefits Communication Techniques Similar Among Employers

April 21, 2009 ( - There was widespread adoption of similar employee benefits communications techniques among employers responding to a recent survey.

A United Benefit Advisors, LLC (UBA) news release about its 2009 UBA Employer Benefit Perspectives report, said 91% of responding employers use employee meetings, 85% use nonpersonalized handouts, and 40% use personalized materials.

The Indianapolis-based UBA said nearly one-third of all employers polled use a dedicated Web site for employees to access company-provided benefits, with 79% of employers with more than 1,000 employees utilizing this technique. Between one-fifth and one-third of the employers responding provide personalized employee total pay and benefit cost statements.

According to the announcement, more than 80% of the employers responded they felt employees are at least aware of the health care crisis and the reasons for increasing cost sharing or benefit reductions. However, the largest employers (those with more than 1,000 employees) felt one in five employees had little awareness of these issues, much more so than smaller employers.

UBA said the survey also found that certain employer sectors had low adoption rates of prevention and wellness plans:

  • Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services;
  • Construction; Agriculture; Forestry, Mining and Transportation; and
  • Information; Entertainment, Food and Accommodation Services.

Most of the industries employ people who should have an intuitive understanding of the value of these programs, Stafford said.

The survey covered 1,650 employers representing all major industry classifications, employee size categories and regions of the country, according to UBA.

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