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Mercer Marsh Benefits

Health on Demand 2023

Benefits for all. The secret to thriving employees and thriving businesses.

Benefits for all.  Benefits for a fast-changing world. Benefits for healthier societies.

Employees’ lives are changing so fast that many struggle to keep up. Employers are having to reassess how to meet the needs of their employees; re-evaluating the value of the benefits they provide, the technology to use, and how to address key risks.

To better understand the shifting priorities of different groups within the workforce, we sought opinions from over 17,000 individual employees, across different sectors and levels. Our analysis offers a unique insight into the value employees place on employer-provided benefits and demonstrates the power of a care-first approach.

Benefits for all

Employers have the power to close healthcare gaps so that all employees thrive.

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Employees’ lives have become more complex. The physical, social and emotional, and financial challenges of the past few years have been exacerbated by a period of polycrisis that has encompassed war, environmental disasters, political upheaval and a level of inflation that has affected access to basic necessities”. Employers have had to reassess the relevance and value of their benefits and are looking for creative and new ways to grow their business and their talent.
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Different employee groups, for example Gen Z, caregivers and women, have different priorities, which change over time.  Employers who gain insight to the varying needs and preferences in their workforce are able to focus on providing meaningful benefits for all.

Now is the time to introduce Gen Z into your benefits mindset

We found that almost all of GenZ said they are at risk of burnout from factors like work pressures, toxic CompanyCulture and poor leadership.

Using benefits as an expression of company values, and to mitigate people risk is becoming more important as life becomes more complex, chaotic and digital. Responding to moments that matter, taking a stand on societal issues and building trust via stepping-stones to a more digital health future – we’re seeing employers more actively managing their benefit strategies as they reset for relevance.

How can you bring resilience for a ‘continuous crisis’ era?

Employees’ mental wellbeing is affected by social and economic crises – and we’ve seen the last few years take a heavy toll.

Consider health equity issues and health risks in your workforce by focusing on the unwell, lower income and part time workers within your employee populations, as well as mental health. Advancing employee health is a critical component of “putting the S in ESG”, and is especially important to younger generations entering the workforce.

Mitigating risk for your unwell employees

Employees who describe themselves as physically or mentally unwell are among the most vulnerable groups at work.

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