Employers falling short on benefits front, Aetna says

By BenefitsPro


By Allen Greenberg

Flex schedules. Reduced premiums. Flexible spending accounts.

All three were ranked as either extremely or very important by workers in an Aetna survey that concluded employers are falling short in meeting their employees’ health and wellness needs.

Aetna said just 33 percent of respondents reported that their employers offer flexible work hours, only 15 percent offer reduced health insurance premiums if they comply with wellness guidelines, and only 40 percent offer flexible spending accounts.

According to the survey, nearly two in three (62 percent) Americans age 25-64 feel that flex-hours are an extremely/very important health and wellness initiative for an employer to offer.

Other important incentives include reduced premiums for health insurance in exchange for compliance with specific wellness guidelines (59 percent) and flexible spending accounts (50 percent).

Perhaps not surprisingly, millennials were significantly more likely than either of their older cohorts to rate almost every initiative as extremely/very important. GenXers also rate many initiatives as very/extremely important compared to baby boomers.

Originally published on BenefitsPro.com