We hear many employers say attracting and retaining talented employees is a top challenge these days, especially in light of record low unemployment levels. The good news is the recent tax law change, which cuts the corporate tax rate from 35 to 21 percent, may make it affordable for employers to boost the benefits they already offer or allow those who’ve never offered benefits to start.
Employee benefits aren’t just good for employees. Employers with healthy workforces often see increased profitability and an improved bottom line. Companies get a tax break for offering certain benefits to employees and many employers also see benefits as a critical tool for attracting and retaining workers, even if they aren’t required to because they are small or rely on part-time staff.
Employees have long cited health and wellness, retirement savings plans and paid leave as some of their most desired benefits. Today’s employees are well informed and they are seeking a comprehensive benefits package from their employer. For many, health benefits are just as important as salary and are frequently the differentiating factor in determining whether a candidate accepts a job at one employer versus another.
The following employee benefit products matter most to employees in 2018:
- Major medical plans for the whole family
- Dental and vision plans
- Employee Assistance Programs
- Disability coverage and life insurance
- Financial Planning and Legal Services
- Retirement Savings Plans
- Health Savings and/or Flexible Spending Accounts
- Tuition Reimbursement
- Perks and Discount Programs
Other benefits employees seek are more policy-based and include flextime, paid time off policies to include holidays and company-sponsored wellness programs.
Here at FrankCrum, we’ve seen a steady increase over the years in the number of clients offering health benefits to their employees.
Some of the trends we’ve seen as employers ramp up offerings to compete for employees are:
- Employers who contributed to a group health plan are making higher contributions to offset employee costs.
- Employers who didn’t offer dental and vision plans are now doing so.
- Employers who didn’t offer health savings or flexible spending accounts are now doing so.
- Employers who didn’t offer retirement savings plans are now doing so.
How will you use the new corporate tax break to reinvest in your most important asset? Our benefits specialists will work with you to customize the best employee benefits package for your business within your budget. We handle everything from benefits review and selection to enrollment and daily administration. Call 1-800-393-0815 and select option 8 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.