The mid-year review window is coming up. Does that timeframe also line up with contract negotiation season? The workplace is, despite superficial appearances, a two-way street. Employers need employees who are reliable and hardworking. In that same vein, employees deserve workplace environments that facilitate their growth and upward mobility in climbing the corporate ladder. Leaving your younger workers feeling stuck in entry-level positions can frustrate them enough to look for alternative employment. That’s where the benchmarking strategy comes into play. But what is it, and how does it work?
How Should You Perform Benchmarking Tasks?
Talk to your insurance broker. That first step is a surefire way to verify that the benchmarking targets you have in mind will be addressed properly. The broker specializes in creating benefits surveys that align with the current trends within your industry. Demographic breakdowns can also help you tailor the types of benefits you offer – a 401(k) is more likely to interest an employee near retirement. Meanwhile, an HSA with a low deductible will be more attractive to a younger worker who belongs to the so-called “Millennial” generation. Talking to colleagues and competitors alike can also pay dividends.
What is the Right Time to Evaluate a Benchmark?
During the annual review period, companies should feel obligated to evaluate their benchmarks. What benefits have proven to be popular? Which ones need to be reworked? And which ones should be dropped altogether? The healthcare industry is always evolving. That means your organization needs to keep up with the times. When your benchmarking protocols are fully utilized, you’ll be able to predict what new mandates are coming down the pipeline.
Assessing How Competitive Your Compensation Package Is
Although it’s easy to assume that the term “competitiveness” is a one-size-fits-all criterion, that isn’t necessarily true. Full coverage of healthcare costs is seen just as often as only partial (i.e., 50%) coverage; it’s possible that benchmarking could help you determine where to fall within that range without expending too many of your precious resources. Concentrate your efforts on studying the merits of long-term disability, dental insurance, and wellness initiatives.
A Closer Look at the Potential Consequences
So what happens if you don’t engage in benchmarking? Likewise, what could happen if you benchmark but do so poorly? Both outcomes are going to be hazardous to your company’s bottom line. Proper benchmarking of your benefits packages will help you retain valued employees and ensure that their talents don’t end up serving your rivals instead.
A Customer Testimonial
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