For small-business owners, the importance of employee benefits is a significant factor when it comes to attracting and retaining talent. The majority of workers prefer attractive types of employee benefits—like insurance, paid time off, and a retirement plan—over pay raises. Whether you’re competing for talent or keeping the high performers you already have, small-business employee benefits are essential for making your staff feel valued and supported.
To stay competitive through an economic downturn, it’s important to focus your limited resources on the types of employee benefits that matter most to your workers. Free food is a nice perk, but it’s low on the list of what actually influences an employee to join a company. Morale-building activities, like company retreats and outings, have no influence on people’s decisions to work for you. Instead, employees are most interested in benefits that provide protection and flexibility: insurance, time off, and work-from-home options. Insurance requires a significant financial investment for your small business, but of the many examples of employee benefits, it’s the most important.1
Life insurance is a less common employer-provided benefit than medical insurance—it’s offered by roughly half of companies—but it’s valued highly by employees. Sixty percent of employees report that life insurance matters to them, so there are many more people who want this benefit than are able to access it.2 And life insurance is more than just an attractive offering that employees want—it’s a promise to shield and protect your staff and their loved ones. Like medical coverage, life insurance serves both a practical and symbolic function by showing employees that you want to take care of them and are actually doing it. There are different options available to small businesses looking to take advantage of this benefit’s popularity, and a financial professional can walk you through them.
As with life insurance coverage, there’s a significant gap between employees who want long-term disability insurance and the number of companies that actually offer this type of employee benefit. This is another opportunity for small-business owners to attract top talent and really stand out with what they offer and how they support employees. Short-term disability insurance is slightly more commonly offered by companies, but there’s no limitation that keeps you from providing both types of coverage.
No matter the size of your business, a New York Life financial professional can guide you in structuring a benefits package that attracts top employees and helps you keep the high performers you have given your business situation. Connect with a small-business professional to learn more about how New York Life product solutions can play a key role in your business’s benefits package.
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