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Despite Economic Downturn, Employee Benefits Remain Stable in 2008
Date:6/22/2008

long-distance calls home during business travel; 37 percent offer a compressed work week; 24 percent offer such benefits as postal services, legal assistance, and food services or a subsidized cafeteria; and 5 percent offer concierge service.

-- Organizations are helping employees improve their health. For example, 72 percent offer wellness resources and information; 40 percent offer smoking cessation programs; 31 percent offer weight-loss programs; and 21 percent offer bariatric procedure coverage.

Human resource professionals report that benefits costs to employers average 39 percent of payroll. Of those costs, 21 percent are attributed to mandatory benefits, and 18 percent to employee-selected benefits.

Colonial Life is the exclusive sponsor of the Society for Human Resource Management's 2008 Employee Benefits Survey.

For more information please visit: http://www.shrm.org/surveys.

About the Society for Human Resource Management

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world's largest association devoted to human resource management. The Society serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession. Founded in 1948, SHRM has more than 245,000 members in over 130 countries, and more than 575 affiliated chapters. Visit http://www.shrm.org.


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