Voluntary benefits are a cost effective way to add value to employees’ lives.Submitted by JMB Financial Managers on May 7th, 2018
Authored by: Bridget Quijada
Employees are the backbone of your organization. If you’re like most employers, you’d love the opportunity to do more for the employees that already do so much for you. Offering a robust benefits plan to your employees is the perfect way to do this.
Don’t be fooled, it is a common misconception that only the big dogs can offer the best benefit packages. But, that’s just not true. So, how do you make your benefits package the best it can possibly be? Offer voluntary benefits! The best part is, in most cases, voluntary benefits can be added with little to no additional costs to your bottom line, making it one of the best and easiest ways for you to add a little extra value to your employees’ lives.
What are Voluntary Benefits?
Voluntary benefits are a cost effective way to add more value to your employees’ lives. Giving your employees the option to sign up for voluntary benefits provides them with more coverage options than your normal plan. During enrollment periods, employees can choose to purchase additional coverages that fit their needs on top of your core offerings.
Whether you think so or not, benefits are a big deal. In fact, 77% of workers say the benefits package is an important factor in their decision to accept a job, or not. In a world where identity theft is on the rise and health care costs are off the charts, providing your employees with the utmost protection is vital.
Why Should You Offer Voluntary Benefits?
Did you know that 88% of employees view voluntary benefits as a crucial part of a company’s benefit plan? There are many reasons to offer voluntary benefits to your employees, but an employee’s opinion of them is one of the most important.
It’s been shown that these supplemental benefits can help you attract and retain high caliber employees. Having a well-rounded benefits package to offer during the hiring process can help you stand out from the crowd. Once hired, these sought after benefits provide employees with a much needed sense of security. When your employees feel secure, they’re sure to put their best foot forward at work.
Types of Voluntary Benefits
There are an array of voluntary benefits that you should consider offering to your employees to complement your existing benefits package. A few options include:
- Life Insurance: Preparing for the unimaginable
- LifeLock: Protect your employees from identity theft
- AFLAC: Policies ranging from cancer to accident protection
- 529 Plans: Help your employees plan for their children’s higher education
- Group Health Insurance: A more affordable health coverage option
- Long-Term Care Insurance: Protection from costs not covered under regular health insurance
Give Your Employees the Protection They Want and Need
The benefits you offer your employees can be make or break. Make sure you’re offering your employees the benefits they not only want, but need too. Voluntary benefits are the perfect supplement to the typical benefits plan with customization available to match the unique set of needs each employee has.
Interested in learning more? Our Total Benefits Solution Guide explores the voluntary benefits options available to supplement your existing benefit plan.