Published Date: 08/11/2014
By Sherry Hubbard-Bednasz
We are pleased to announce that the results of the first statewide NC Policies & Benefits Survey (formerly CAI Policies & Benefits Survey) are now available. The Employers Association (TEA) located in Charlotte co-sponsored this year’s survey. Great interest was generated by both associations, resulting in participation by 384 organizations. Another successful pilot!
We’d like to thank all members who took the time to participate in this valuable survey. Not an easy or short survey by any means, we realize the time and effort required by participants to provide thorough and complete data. Moreover, we appreciate members understanding the importance of the “give data to get data” concept.
This year’s report provides a robust data set, with a significant increase in participation since last conducted in 2012. The report provides tabulated data as collected for 320 questions regarding core and current trend topics in workplace policies and employee benefit practices. Eight pages of survey highlights can be found in the Executive Summary, providing summary stats on all things from domestic partner benefits to cell phone/data reimbursement to e-cigarette policy to flexible schedules to wellness incentives.
For example, did you know…
- About 29% of employers offer domestic partner benefits; about 71% do not. This is a change since 2012 where 23% offered domestic partner benefits and 77% did not.
- (NEW) About 44% of employers reimburse exempt employees for cell phone/data usage. Of those, less than half (44%) reimburse the full amount. Others reimburse an average dollar amount of $62 per month.
- (NEW) While 83% of employers have a policy in place for cigarettes/cigars, only 25% of employers have a policy in place for e-cigarettes. Of those with a policy, most indoor use is prohibited, but only 38% of employers prohibit outdoor use of e-cigarettes.
- About 52% of employers offer flexible/alternative schedules to employees, such as working remotely. This is a change since 2012 where 42 to 44% offered flexibility.
- About 50% of all employers have a wellness strategy in place (same in 2012). However, about 49% of those offer reduced healthcare premium or credit toward premium as an incentive, which is a change from 38% in 2012.
Looking for more? Visit the CAI Online Store to purchase the 2014 report. Participants were emailed the link to the PDF report on July 31st. If you did not receive this message, or would like to inquire about your organization’s participation status, please contact the CAI Survey Team. Also check your spam filter or with your IT department, and remember to whitelist firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure receipt of survey communications.