A survey by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, conducted in September 2000, found that the use of the Web for employee benefits communication is increasing.
Brookfield, Wis.-based IFEBP surveyed 1,622 corporate, 1,423 multi-employer and 683 public members about their use of Internet technology for employee benefits communication. The survey showed a jump in users to 42 percent from 29 percent in 1998, said Cynthia Drinkwater, senior director of research for IFEBP.
“We asked those people who did not provide employee benefits information through a Web site if they were going to do so in the next 12 months,” Drinkwater said, adding that 30 percent of their members said they planned to.
She said that currently 31 percent of their members are using the Internet, and projected that “about 61 percent of all of our members will be using the Internet for employee benefit communications by the end of this year.”
According to the survey, the two most commonly reported benefits of having information on Internet sites were immediateness and accuracy of information, by 29 percent; and availability of information 24 hours a day, by 25 percent.