Employees Want Better Insurance, According to Survey

Employees want better insurance benefit options (health, dental and vision), according to a recent study by the marketing agency Fractl.

The study asked 2,000 U.S. workers, ranging in age from 18 to 81, what benefits they’d consider most when deciding between a high-paying job and a lower-paying job. Workers were given a list of 17 perks to choose from.

Better health, dental and vision insurance topped the list, with 88 percent of respondents saying they’d give the benefit either “some consideration” (34 percent) or “heavy consideration” (54 percent).

Second place was more flexible hours, which also peaked at 88 percent, though fewer said they’d give it “heavy consideration.”
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The article is similar to a 2015 study by Glassdoor, in which 40 percent of respondents said they preferred healthcare insurance (medical and dental) more than pay raises. Overall, according to the study, nearly four in five employees (79 percent) said they would prefer new or additional benefits to a pay increase.

By placing a higher value on additional benefits, employers can attract and retain the best talent in a competitive hiring market.

Today, many people have a greater awareness of how oral and vision health contributes to overall health. Researchers have found an association between oral disease and conditions such as heart disease, stroke and bacterial pneumonia, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Likewise, many common eye diseases often have no warning signs. A dilated eye exam is the only way to detect these diseases in their early stages. Sixty percent of employees said they would trade two days of vacation for an annual eye exam and a pair of glasses, in a survey conducted by Rosenthal & Sorkin, Managed Vision Care.

In the Fractl study, women were more likely to prefer better insurance (health, dental and vision), with 61 percent of women choosing it, compared to 47 percent of men.

But health insurance is the most expensive benefit to provide. According to the study, its average cost per employee is $6,435 for individual coverage and $18,142 for family coverage. The study also calculated that fully-covered dental insurance costs a company $576 a year and fully-covered vision insurance between $60 and $120 a year.

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