The Pandemic Effect: What Employers and Employees Need - and Expect - Right Now

By Ann Clifford
Apr 6, 2021 11:05 AM ET

Employers and employees are looking to a combination of supplemental benefits, enhanced technology and education to navigate the pandemic’s impact and prepare for the future. Bob Ruff, Senior Vice President of Growth Solutions at Aflac, gives a fresh look into how the benefits landscape is changing.

Employees often give cursory thought to insurance and benefits until they need them. However, the COVID-19 pandemic put a spotlight on employee benefits, prompting employers and employees alike to take a fresh look. And that’s a good thing, says Bob Ruff, senior vice president of growth solutions at Aflac.

“Right now, employers are working with their brokers and consultants to understand if their company has the right benefits package in place to support the well-being of its employees,” he explains. “And, according to the 2020-21 Aflac WorkForces Report, 68 percent of employers are extremely or very certain they’ll maintain their current benefit offering.”

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