SAUSALITO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 07/03/13 -- One in three (31 percent) employees(1) report they do not believe their benefits are better than those offered at competitor companies. This comes as employees report greater confidence in the job market, as more than two in five (43 percent) employees (including those self-employed) believe they could find a job in the next six months that matches their experience and current compensation levels, a high since the third quarter of 2009.
The findings come as part of Glassdoor's Q2 2013 Employment Confidence Survey(2), conducted by Harris Interactive, which evaluates four key indicators of employee confidence: job market optimism/re-hire probability, job security, salary expectations, and business outlook. The second quarter survey also reveals several of the most valued workplace benefits for employees, and how informed they feel about the Affordable Care Act (known as "Obamacare").
When asked what benefits are the most important to employees, aside from salary and compensation, three in four (76 percent) employees report medical plan/coverage. In addition, prior to the U.S. government's decision to postpone the employer mandate, a key provision of the Affordable Care Act, until 2015, only 30 percent of employees reported their company had done a good job explaining how the health care law could affect their benefits.
Other top benefits for employees include: holidays/vacation/sick time (72 percent), 401(k)/retirement/pension (62 percent), dental plan/coverage (60 percent), employee development/training (27%), wellness programs e.g., health screening programs, exercise/physical fitness programs, or health insurance education (26 percent), employee discounts e.g., commuter subsidies, gym membership discount, discounts on company products/services (26 percent), tuition reimbursement (23 percent), and office perks e.g., free food and drink, casual dress, or a pet friendly office (21 percent).
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