Aflac | Workforces Report | 2013 - page 22

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Any discussion about the right health care strategy for your company must begin with the simple under-
standing that benefits matter to employees, and they matter to your bottom line. They remain a crucial
and influential lever in how well you are able to manage your company’s biggest expense item – labor.
In fact, the 2013 Aflac report found that employee satisfaction with benefits continues to greatly influence
overall job satisfaction, productivity and whether to remain working for you, or not.
The ability of an organization to keep its top talent engaged and loyal is growing ever more important,
particularly given the projected gap of highly skilled workers to fill job openings. In fact, the U.S. is
projected to have a gap of three percent, or 1.5 million too few workers with college or graduate
degrees in 2020.
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Higher demands on companies to improve productivity output require maintain-
ing an engaged and satisfied workforce. According to Gallup, nearly 9-out-of-10 (86%) of engaged
employees said they felt happy very often at work, compared to 11 percent of the disengaged.
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Business leaders must take note that as the country begins to adapt to a more employee-driven health
care system, it will also be faced with an employee-driven job market, and workers’ benefits satisfaction
plays a pivotal role in how well you adapt to both. We are seeing signs of a talent war, with 48 percent of
workers likely to look for a new job in the next 12 months even in today’s labor market.
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Bene f i ts Mat t er
The importance of benefits
in shaping your company’s future
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