DOD’s blog: this week in benefits

Debi O’Donovan’s musings on the key events of 18-24 January 2013

I have had a couple of interesting conversations this week about whether flexible benefits still exists any more (well, one has to find something interesting to chat about when the main item on the agenda is risk insurances – at least both events also had wine!).

Given that so many employers insist on staff taking a minimum level of some core benefits and then make the remaining, ever-growing list of benefits optional, surely we are now in a place where we have core and voluntary benefits run on a variety of platforms called flexible benefits, total reward, workplace savings etc.

So it is all flexible now, but looks very different to the closely defined flexible benefits plans of five or 10 years ago.

Any thoughts?

Debi O’Donovan, Editor, Employee Benefits

Twitter: @DebiODonovan