Many employers consider benefits plans an integral part of the total compensation package offered to its employees. And while these benefits programs are typically administered by employers, many times employees are asked to contribute small premiums to enjoy coverage.
Employers typically offer their employees benefits for one or more of the following reasons
- Attracting and retaining talented employees.
- Aligning benefits packages with those offered in the marketplace.
- Promoting higher levels of morale among employees.
- Providing opportunities for promotion or advancement as workers resign, retire, or move to other positions within the organization.
Keep in mind that no individual benefit will provide for all employee needs, it is usually a combination of benefits that is most effective in meeting the employer's objectives. That being said, there are two broad categories of benefits offered by employers in today's work environment: