Many employers are using employee benefit statements, also known as total compensation statements, to help employees understand the value of their pay and benefits package. An effective employee benefit statement increases employee retention, promotes company culture, and increases job satisfaction.
What is an employee benefit statement?
An employee benefit statement is a document that shows an employee’s breakdown of total pay, benefits, and rewards for the year. Although this may sound like a pay stub, it is not. Employee benefit statements provide an itemized and detailed overview of the investment an employer makes in their employees. When an employee sees the total investment, they feel valued by their employer.
Why should you use them?
Employees need to feel valued more than ever as retention and recruitment has become exponentially more difficult for HR Managers. A recent Met Life study on Employee Benefits shows:
- Benefits constitute 30 percent to 40 percent of an employee’s total compensation package.
- 59% of employees do not fully understand their compensation and benefits program and wish their employer provided better communication about it.
- Employees who get communications from their employer about their benefits are twice as loyal to that employer.
What does an employee benefit statement include?
An employee benefit statement is a personalized document. Therefore, what is included in the statement will depend on the employee’s type of compensation they receive. Some examples of items that may be included in the statement are:
- Hourly/Salary Wages
- Medical, dental, and vision insurance
- 401(k) plan
- Paid leave for sickness, personal, vacation, etc.
- Health reimbursement arrangement
- Flexible spending accounts (healthcare, dependent care, limited purpose, commuter benefits)
- Employee assistance program
- Tuition assistance
- Adoption assistance
- Disability insurance
- Life insurance
- Stock options
- Relocation assistance
- Pet insurance
- Financial wellness programs
- Company vehicle
- And more…
The statements should be a clear, concise, eye-catching presentation of employee benefits, fully customized to match your company’s brand and culture, with detailed personalization to each employee. Employers should also offer both print and digital delivery options.
The best way to understand the value of these documents though, is to see them for yourself. We’ve provided five best in class samples of what an effective statement should look like.
Five best in class employee benefit statements
Creative Tech sample
Graphic and bold color forward
The Creative Tech design is one of the most popular choices for employers. It is a great example of how charts, bold colors, and icons bring attention to important stats and numbers. The colorful charts allow employees to see the distribution of their benefits at an easy glance. Each of the employee benefit categories has its own designated color, repeated throughout the statement. This makes it easy for the reader to identify the impact of each benefit.
A message from the company’s leadership team adorns the front of the statement and is a great way to build community, promote good will within the company, and describe the purpose of the document. On the back of the statement, up to six sections can be featured to show a short list of line items or a short description of the benefits. This flexibility allows for customization and brand to shine and fit the employer’s needs.
Estate Escape sample
Bold font and background
The differentiating factor in Estate Escape is the use of bold backgrounds and fonts. This design style helps bring the eye around the page while creating a modern, bold statement. The front of the statement provides a large area for a personalized message and branded graphic, driving company culture and the importance of total benefits. On the back, the benefits table is color coded making identification between each benefit easy. The table shows the distribution of company-paid benefits in a variety of categories with brief descriptions of each. Also included are bar and pie charts for a stunning visual graphic demonstration.
Medical Center sample
Chart-centric and sleek
The Medical Center example has sleek design, but still packs a lot of punch into a benefit statement. This sample allows for stacked bar charts that compare earnings to benefits and a table graph showing employee and employer contributions. Another popular feature of this sample is the pie and bar charts. In the above example, the retirement bar chart shows how employees can utilize an employer’s matching program to maximize their retirement savings.
Tech Ohio sample
Compelling chart and graphics
The Tech Ohio sample is a 4-page format, printed on 11×17” premium stock and folded in half like a portfolio or brochure. The cover allows a full page to create a unique introduction that fits your brand image. Placing the letter from leadership on the front cover allows the entirety of the inner pages for displaying a total compensation table of line items along with several charts or graphic illustrations, helping employees visualize the data provided in their benefit statements.
In this example, two large pie charts illustrate the benefits and earnings distribution, and additional graphics highlight the value of PTO and the employee’s total compensation package.
The back side of the statement provides an opportunity of highlighting important information, such as benefit descriptions.
Generic Manufacturing sample
Extra space for more information
The Generic Manufacturing sample provides a lot of customizable space to work with. Since it is legal size (8-1/2 x 14”), employers have extra space to add more graphics and content than the regular letter sized statements. Using this extra space to include large images or graphics is a great way to show off company culture and brand. With the extra length, the addition of a “Did You Know?” section allows companies to show off stats or additional, non-monetary benefits. This statement features flexible callout or highlight areas, an itemized benefits table, compensation comparison, and benefit breakdown charts.
Build a beautiful employee benefit statement for your company
Now that you have seen several top-notch examples of effective employee benefit statements, it’s time to create your own. Working with Navia to build your tailored employee benefit statement is simple and straightforward. Contact our sales team for more information – firstname.lastname@example.org.