Despite the weak economy, most employers are not changing the way they manage
employees retirement benefits, according to survey results complied by the
Society for Human Resource Management.
SHRM says it conducted a survey during the week of May 27 through June 3,
in response to many inquiries about the status of retirement benefits. HR professionals
were asked, What (if any) changes has your organization made to its retirement
benefits package in the last year due to the economy?
Respondents answered with the following:
- 72 percent responded that they had made no change to retirement benefits.
- 12 percent responded other (various written responses.)
- 5 percent responded not applicable (have not offered retirement benefits
in the last year.)
- 4.5 percent said they had reduced the match on employee contributions.
- 4 percent of respondents said they had increased the match on employee contributions.
- 3.5 percent of the respondents said their organizations are passing more
fees on to employees.
- 2 percent of the respondents said they no longer match employee contributions.
- 1 percent no longer offer retirement benefits.
The survey was based on the responses of 889 randomly selected human resource
professionals. The surveys error rate is +/- 2.9 percent.