The majority of public sector employees are loyal to their employers and pleased with their benefits. So what better time to start adjusting the design of benefits packages to contain costs?
This is the question posed by MetLife in announcing the results of its 12th annual U.S. Employee Benefit Trends Study.
Interviews with public employees and benefits managers found that 59 percent of public sector employees “strongly agree” with the statement ‘I feel loyal to my employer.’ Even more — 64 percent — said they were satisfied with their benefits.
“Because public sector employers are facing decreasing budgets and increasing benefit costs, they are looking to employees to pick up more financial responsibility for their benefits, yet fearing this cost-cutting strategy will have negative effects on employee loyalty, attraction and retention,” MetLife said in a release announcing the survey results. “However, by taking a closer look at benefits programs and incorporating cost-saving solutions, such as voluntary benefits, public sector employers can maximize their benefits strategy and achieve their talent objectives.”