An attractive benefits program is vital for your recruiting and retention efforts, but it is also a significant expense. To ensure you are providing a package that is both competitive and economical, you need to know how your offerings compare to those of other employers in your industry. Benchmark data can provide valuable insight for evaluating your benefits package, helping you conform to or even set industry standards.
Quality benefits benchmarking allows you to search for best practices, innovative ideas and highly effective operating procedures that lead to superior performance.
Employer interest in benefits benchmark data has grown over the past decade, as the cost of providing health care benefits continues to skyrocket and companies look for new ways to manage expenses.
Analyzing how other companies are structuring their plans and the strategies they are using to cut costs may make your own benefit plan decisions easier.
The first step to successful benchmarking is to identify different aspects of your benefits and choose which are most costly and which are most important to your business’s success. There is information available for almost any aspect of a benefits program, including:
Using claims analysis, employers can analyze their own health claims for the previous year to see where employees are spending more money or utilizing care above national norms. Once cost drivers are identified, employers can make changes to plan designs to influence employee wellness and spending habits.
Benchmarking can also be a powerful tool to measure your business against the competition. By benchmarking your plans against competitors’, employers can remain competitive in the market while implementing strategic changes—for instance, you may see that your deductible is much lower than other employers’ deductibles in your region or industry, so you may feel comfortable raising it.
Whether you are curious to know how your voluntary disability benefits stack up or are wondering if your paid leave program is comparable to competitors, there is likely benchmark data available.
This article was published in the Spring 2018 issue of the General Insurance Services Risk & Business Magazine. Access the full publication here
Eric was raised in Noblesville, Indiana. He attended Ball State University in Muncie and received a B.S. in Exercise Science. After working in the fitness industry, Eric moved to Northwest Indiana and worked in the staffing industry for a couple of years before he made his way to GIS. He currently lives in Chesterton with his wife, Sidney, and their daughter. Eric is presently a Board Member of the Valparaiso Family YMCA. In his free time, he enjoys CrossFit, outdoor activities, and spending time with friends and family.