Employees Need More Information About Their Benefits

EmployeeInfoThis enrollment season, employees have a message for employers about their benefits: “Tell us more, please.” Only 33% of employees rated the benefit education they received in 2013 as excellent or very good — a drop from 37% in 2012 and a reversal to the upward trend since 2009. In addition, 27% rated their benefit education as fair or poor, according to a survey conducted by the Harris Poll on behalf of Unum.

  • Employees they say they understand the following types of coverage at least somewhat:
    74% life insurance.
    71% vision insurance.
    47% critical illness insurance.
    40% medical understand coverage.
  • Forty-eight percent of those with long-term or short term disability benefits say that no one has explained disability insurance to them. Sixty-six percent say that their employers should do a better job of explaining these benefits.

Seventy-nine of those who say that get excellent or very good education about their benefits also rate their employer as excellent or very good compared to only 30% of those received fair or poor education about their benefits. Eighty-three percent of employees who did get education on their disability benefits gave that education a positive rating.

“The Affordable Care Act is raising lots of questions and leading to changes that extend beyond health coverage. Employees are making decisions about their benefits that they have never had to make before. It’s vital for employers to provide the right tools and information for employees so they can understand their benefits options and choose the coverage that is right for them,” explains Bill Dalicandro, vice president of Unum’s Consumer Solutions Group. For more information, visitwww.unum.com.

Last Updated 01/19/2022

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