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MetLife’s research powers several annual studies that help us and our stakeholders better understand important workforce dynamics and industry trends. For more information and examples of our research, please visit News & Insights.

MetLife’s 21st Annual U.S. Employee Benefit Trends Study published in 2023, reveals falling employee wellness due to financial concerns—and how employers can help. This year’s study examines the state of the workforce, with particular focus on employee wellness. It also highlights declines in employee holistic health, driven primarily by decreasing financial wellness. In light of these trends, employers who demonstrate care for employees through all elements of the employee experience will improve employee health and, in turn, will achieve greater employee satisfaction, engagement and loyalty.

MetLife 21st Annual U.S. Employee Benefit Trends Study1

Employees who feel cared for are 2X more likely to be financially and mentally healthy

Source: MetLife 21st Annual U.S. Employee Benefit Trends Study

Remote Workers Struggle Most with Financial Anxiety and Benefits Selection

MetLife’s 2022 Open Enrollment Study found that over half of remote workers (55%) are highly anxious about their finances versus 46% of hybrid and on-site workers. In addition, 55% of remote workers spend over one hour per week worrying about their benefits compared with 37% of on-site hybrid employees.

MetLife colleague participates in the annual EcoChallenge with family.

Collaborating Across Industries to Drive Employee Health Outcomes

As part of ongoing work through the Good Health and Well-Being Working Group, an initiative aligned with UN SDG #3 and co-led by MetLife Mexico, Mexican Business Coordinating Council and the UNGC, we released a Health and Wellness Best Practices Guide. The document shares with public and private stakeholders best practices from the Working Group’s organizational members, aimed at promoting healthcare and wellness solutions for companies’ employees and other key audiences.

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All data taken from MetLife’s 21st Annual Employee Benefit Trends Study, released in 2023. Data does not pertain to MetLife employees. MetLife’s 21st Annual U.S. Employee Benefit Trends Study was conducted in November 2022 and consists of two distinct studies fielded by Rainmakers CSI—a global strategy, insight and planning consultancy. The employer survey includes 2,840 interviews with benefits decision-makers and influencers at companies with at least two employees. The employee survey consists of 2,884 interviews with full-time employees, ages 21 and over, at companies with at least two employees.

2 Incorporates physical, financial, mental and social health.