A survey of 160 local companies by the Human Resources Association of the National Capital Area found that local companies plan to spend just 26.3 percent of their payroll budget on employee benefits in 2015, the lowest portion since the organization began conducting the survey in 2006.
“Clearly employers are not adding the traditional benefits,” said Lenny Sanicola, who specializes in employee benefits at WorldatWork, a human resources association. “What they’re doing instead is looking at more of the nontraditional benefits; ‘how to make a less stressful work environment, how do I enhance your professional development.’ ”
In 2015, 36 percent of employers offered a wellness program, up from 23 percent in 2007. Thirty-six percent of companies offered paid paternity leave in 2015, compared with 27 percent two years ago. Tuition reimbursement is also more common — 91 percent of companies are offering it in 2015, up from 83 percent in 2008.