In the “2010 Top Five Total Rewards Priorities” survey, 76% of employers selected “the cost of providing health care benefits to active employees” as among their top five strategic challenges. Meanwhile, nearly two-thirds (65%) of employees indicated they plan to participate in wellness and disease management programs to maximize their health status – up from 48% in 2009.
According to a press release, rounding out the top five total rewards priorities for employers are:
- The ability of reward programs to attract, motivate, and retain talented employees;
- Clear alignment of Total Rewards strategy with business strategy and brand;
- The willingness of employees to pay for an increasing portion of benefit plan coverage and to manage their own “rewards budget;” and
- The ability of reward programs to accommodate the varying needs and interests of different generations with distinctly different needs and priorities.
More than half (58%) of respondents said they believe their organization’s leadership team understands the Total Rewards perspectives and values of the different generations in the workforce, the press release said.
The survey also found:
- Although 64% of surveyed employers considered a move away from salary freezes or reductions within the past 12 months, only 11% are contemplating doing so in the next 12 months.
- More than three-quarters (77%) of employees surveyed are worried about their ability to afford retirement and 60% are apprehensive about staying employed.
- Four in 10 employees plan to delay retirement.
The survey report is here.