Trade magazine Personnel Today and Unum have carried out a survey which uncovers the fact that many HR departments are missing the mark when it comes to rolling out staff benefits such as private medical insurance and dental. Other “soft” benefits such as gym memberships are more widely communicated throughout through email and the intranet, especially in larger corporations.
Around 275 HR professionals were questioned and ranked pensions, life assurance and medical insurance as the most important benefits to them. The survey displayed a distinct disconnection between the benefits they value and the ones which are more readily communicated. It is clear by the poll that more people require to be educated about their benefit schemes.
The survey showed that the majority (72 per cent) of organisations offered a contributed pension scheme and a further 63 per cent of companies offered an employee assistance programme whilst just under a fifth offer group medical insurance as an employee benefit including dental insurance and probably less popular personal accident insurance.
The survey was useful in the respect it highlighted that there is a distinct lack of communication or rather a lack of the correct information communicated. Possibly, if more people were to take the benefits on offer such as medical insurance then the more popular it could be and more policies could be undertaken. Also benefits such as employee assistance programmes more people may get help a problem they otherwise would have left alone.