Balancing your annual benefits budget and setting benefits priorities are some of your most important tasks. Why go it alone?
More employers are getting their employees involved in the process of deciding which benefits to keep and which to ditch. Employees are the ones who can truly tell you which perks are worth investing in and which you can do without.
The right kind of employee input can increase benefits participation, raise satisfaction levels and make it easier to accept necessary cutbacks.
Your best bet for engaging employees: Convene a team of workers to serve as a benefits users group, or BUG. Such a group can serve as a sounding board for employee concerns, and help you make benefits choices that will be widely accepted by other employees.
“Including employees helps to shape the thinking process and establish the priorities,” says Dave Johnston, principal with Johnston HR Consulting.
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