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January 1, Companies Slash Worker Benefits to Combat Skyrocketing Inflation

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Companies are cutting worker benefits to offset the sting of high inflation, according to a new analysis by Glassdoor.

The report found that a growing number of employees lost access to 401(k) retirement plans, dental insurance, vision insurance, tuition assistance, and other benefits this year.

With the economy slowing and demand for workers cooling, companies are looking to reduce the total compensation they offer to workers.

Wages and salaries almost never decline in real dollar value for individuals who stay in the same job at the same company because “most people have such a strong aversion to seeing smaller paychecks hit their bank accounts,” the report said.

Glassdoor data suggests that only about 8% of workers who remain in the same job typically see their salary decline on an annual basis. The figure is slightly higher in 2023, coming in at around 10%.

However, many companies instead look to cut costs by using levers beyond salary.

“During soft labor markets, there are other dimensions of total compensation that commonly decline,” the report said. “These include hours worked (for non-salaried workers), equity and incentive-based compensation and the company-contribution to the cost burden of benefits like health insurance or retirement plans.”

The compensation reduction has so far been most pronounced in industries that experienced turmoil this year, including tech and finance. Glassdoor predicted that more companies will start scaling back benefits in 2024 amid the increasingly uncertain economic outlook.

“There is some evidence that benefits access has started to erode, a trend that could accelerate in 2024,” they wrote.

Despite the efforts to reduce compensation, many companies are leaving certain benefits untouched, including fertility assistance, adoption assistance, parental leave, and mental health care.

However, Glassdoor economists noted that the “tide could even, or even turn” in 2024 if companies scrutinize the costs and determine that the benefits are not important or necessary to retain workers.

The extremely tight labor market over the past year allowed workers to quit their jobs in favor of better wages, working conditions, and hours – a trend dubbed the “Great Resignation.”

However, there are growing signs the once hyper-competitive job market is starting to soften.

The government reported earlier this month that job growth slowed more than expected in October, a sign that hiring is finally slowing in the face of higher interest rates and stubborn inflation. Employers added just 150,000 jobs last month, while the unemployment rate ticked up 3.9% – the highest level in two years.

Why It Matters (op-ed)

As high inflation continues to plague our nation, companies are now cutting worker benefits to stay afloat. Glassdoor’s recent analysis reveals an alarming trend: employees losing essential benefits like 401(k) plans and health insurance.

This development is a direct result of the Biden administration’s failed economic policies. Industries like tech and finance are facing turmoil, and with an uncertain economic outlook for 2024, more companies will follow suit.

While certain benefits remain untouched for now, the “Great Resignation” may lose momentum as the job market softens. Workers will pay the price for the government’s incompetence, as companies struggle to maintain profitability in the face of rising inflation and higher interest rates.

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5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Nate Paris

    December 3, 2023 at 9:18 am

    Ordinary hard-working people are always the first to be screwed when the government has failed us. That’s because who we have elected care more about themselves then serving the people they are supposed to represent!

  2. Colleen

    December 3, 2023 at 11:43 am

    What the hell happened to “Obama care” that was supposed to be affordable, and you could keep your doctor. Well just another lie told by the democrats because your doctor has now retired and you can’t find another one, and you can’t afford his damn insurance because now you’re paying for some damned illegal because he can’t pay. Welcome to the new America. If you can’t afford it, tough, DIE!

  3. Chas

    December 3, 2023 at 1:17 pm

    Yet these same employees will vote for the man who they think will give them the most perpetuating the problem with the economy and there dwindling benefits. If they would focus on doing what is right for the Country over their own desires, they would be better off.

  4. Colleen

    December 3, 2023 at 5:24 pm

    Too brainwashed Chas. I want to know where the Obama care has gotten anyone. Just another lie told by the Muslim in chief that started it. But nobody has bothered to fix this insurance mess and now we’re 100,00 doctor’s short.

  5. Brian

    February 22, 2024 at 8:10 am

    Always the workers whose benefits are cut. Never managers or white collar. Always take, from those who are making you your money

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