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Employer-provided quality-of-life benefits, March 2016

October 07, 2016

Employers working toward more family- and environmentally-friendly work arrangements with their employees provide quality-of-work life benefits such as childcare, flexible workplace, subsidized commuting, and wellness and employee assistance programs. In March 2016, 54 percent of civilian workers had access to employee assistance programs. In that same period, 41 percent of workers had access to wellness programs, followed by childcare (11 percent), subsidized commuting (7 percent), and flexible workplace (6 percent).

Percentage of civilian workers with access to quality of life benefits, March 2016
Characteristics Employee assistance programs Wellness programs Subsidized commuting Flexible workplace Childcare(1)

All workers

54% 41% 7% 6% 11%

Employment status

         

Full time

60 47 8 8 13

Part time

37 25 3 2 5

Union membership

         

Union

78 54 10 2 17

Nonunion

50 39 6 7 10

Average wage(2)

         

    Lowest 25 percent

35 24 2 1 4

    Second 25 percent

53 39 5 3 8

    Third 25 percent

61 49 9 7 13

    Highest 25 percent

72 58 13 15 19

Number of workers in establishment

         

    1 to 49 workers

27 19 3 5 4

    50 to 99 workers

45 31 4 4 7

    100 to 499 workers

67 52 6 7 10

    500 workers or more

85 68 15 9 24

Occupation category

         

Management, professional, and related

69 55 12 12 18

Service

39 26 5 1 8

Sales and office

56 42 6 6 9

Natural resources, construction, and maintenance

39 30 4 1 7

Production, transportation, and material moving

51 38 2 3 4
Footnotes:

(1)A workplace program that provides for either the full or partial cost of caring for an employee's children in a nursery, day care center, or a baby sitter in facilities either on or off the employer's premises.

(2)Surveyed occupations are classified into wage categories based on the average wage for the occupation, which may include workers with earnings both above and below the threshold. The categories were formed using percentile estimates generated using wage data for March 2016

In March 2016, the percentage of workers with access to quality-of-life benefits increased as their average wages increased. The percentage of workers with access to employee assistance programs ranged from 35 percent for the lowest paid 25 percent to 72 percent for the highest paid 25 percent. Those workers with access to childcare ranged from 4 percent for the lowest paid 25 percent to 19 percent for the highest paid 25 percent.

The percentage of workers with access to quality-of-life benefits was also higher for those who worked in larger business establishments. In March 2016, the percentage of workers with access to employee assistance programs ranged from 27 percent for those who worked in business establishments with 1 to 49 workers to 85 percent for those who worked in establishments with 500 or more workers. Those with access to childcare ranged from 4 percent for those who worked in business establishments with 1 to 49 workers to 24 percent for those in establishments with 500 or more workers.

These data are from the National Compensation Survey - Benefits program. For more information, see National Compensation Survey: Employee Benefits in the United States, March 2016. For an explanation of quality-of-life benefits, see the Glossary of Employee Benefit Terms.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Employer-provided quality-of-life benefits, March 2016 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2016/employer-provided-quality-of-life-benefits-march-2016.htm (visited July 13, 2020).

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