The Hartford’s Future of Benefits Study

Empowering a Healthy and Productive Workforce

Empowering a Healthy and Productive Workforce

Our Future of Benefits study delivers new insights into employee benefit trends and the evolving needs of the U.S. workforce. We believe it can help companies design benefit programs that support their employees and create an inclusive culture.
 
Empowering a Healthy and Productive Workforce
Employee Benefit Trends and Silver Linings of the Pandemic

Employee Benefit Trends and Silver Linings of the Pandemic

Despite the challenges that U.S. workers and employers experienced over the past year, our 2021 Future of Benefits study found the pandemic accelerated a positive shift in attitudes about:
 
  • Benefits
  • Workplace culture
  • Mental health
  • Employee engagement
These unexpected silver linings of the COVID-19 pandemic emerged in four areas:
 
  1. Paid time away from work
  2. Employee benefits
  3. Mental health and well-being
  4. Engagement and technology
The ongoing pandemic highlighted the need for an evolved workplace that’s more compassionate and inclusive. It refocused attention on the employee benefits that matter, showed the importance of paid time away from work and how essential work-life balance is. But it also revealed some differences among employers and employees.
 
75%
of U.S. employers increased the types of paid time away from work they provide beyond state or federal requirements.
31%
of workers say they’re fearful of workplace repercussions if they take leave.
84%
of employees value the insurance benefits their companies offer them, up from 73% in June 2020 and 80% in March 2020.
“Today, the future of benefits is about a renewed focus on the bedrock benefits that keep employees healthy and productive, making permanent the increased workplace flexibility of the pandemic and a more empathetic and inclusive workplace culture that supports conversations about mental health.”
 
– Jonathan Bennett, head of Group Benefits at The Hartford
Creating an Inclusive Workplace

Creating an Inclusive Workplace

Fostering an inclusive workplace is one way businesses can address the labor shortage and retain talent. In an op-ed in Human Resource Executive, Bennett encourages business leaders to address barriers that often exclude people with disabilities from the workforce.
The Hartford’s Future of Benefits Resources

The Hartford’s Future of Benefits Resources

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