5 Strategic Disadvantages for Small Businesses Offering Health Benefits
Many companies today offer their employees health benefits. While it is a normal practice, some companies feel as if offering these benefits to their employees is also beneficial to their company. Though there are a few advantages in offering benefits to your employees, there are also disadvantages associated with it. The following are five disadvantages that come with offering employee health benefits.
1. It’s expensive.
No matter what size company you are, offering health benefits to employees is going to cost a pretty penny. Smaller businesses are charged more because they don’t have as many employees, and larger companies find benefits expensive because they pay a portion of each employee’s benefits. Plus, the more employees that a business has, the more money they’re paying the insurance company to manage each employee’s account.
2. It’s hard to budget.
Along with being expensive, the cost of health insurance rises every year, forcing companies to find more money in their budgets to accommodate for it. If your company cannot afford the increase in insurance, it will force you to shop around for new health insurance packages, which can take a great deal of time to not only find, but to also switch over.
3. It contains extra fees.
Along with paying for the insurance for your employees as well as the added fee of administration costs, you will also need to pay HR employees or hire an outside HR department to manage it all for you. Some health insurance packages may also require the help of a lawyer to make sure that you and your employees are covered, and legal fees are another added expense.
4. It can be a major headache.
Lawsuits over health coverage occur all the time, and you can find yourself in the middle of a lawsuit with an employee or one of their healthcare providers. Lawsuits are extremely expensive and take a great deal of time away from your business. Even if the suit never makes it to court, it can be very expensive to pay for legal fees and pay off fines or even settle accounts.
5. It doesn’t make everyone happy.
As a business, you have to pick the best health benefit options that cover the majority of your employees. Some employees may not be happy with the packages you choose and may not be satisfied with the amount they have to pay for their portion. Also, if your employee’s doctor is not covered in the healthcare plan, it will force them to either pay extra money to see their doctor or to find a new one. If you change plans every year, it will require your employees to provide new insurance to new providers on an annual basis.
Though providing health insurance to your employees can help keep them healthy and may even be the reason why you’re able to hire good employees, keep in mind that it’s not as beneficial to businesses as most people think. There are additional fees and no guarantee that employees will be happy, and that can be large enough reasons to not offer them.
If you offer health benefits to the employees in your business what has been your overall experience? Share your small biz diamonds in the comments section below.
Kala Smith works for Engagement Health in their Employee Health Benefits division. She helps small business make hard decisions regarding insurance.
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