2016 Employee Benefits: Looking Back at 20 Years of Employee Benefits Offerings in the U.S.


June 20, 2016

This is the 20th anniversary edition of SHRM’s annual Employee Benefits research report, which looks at benefits prevalence and trends in the U.S. Comparisons were made with the 1996 data where possible, as well as over the past five years.

  • 88% of organizations offered professional membership benefits in 2016, a 23 percentage point increase compared with 1996.

  • Over the past year, the percentage of organizations offering health savings accounts increased from 43% to 50%.

  • Compared with five years ago, more organizations are offering monetary bonus benefits such as employee referral bonuses, spot/bonus awards, sign-on bonuses for executives and nonexecutives, as well as retention bonuses for nonexecutives.

  • Telecommuting benefits have seen a threefold increase over the past two decades, from 20% in 1996 to 60% in 2016.




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