HRMS Benefits Management: Reporting 101

In addition to salary, benefits are often a large part of the budget for employee related costs. It is estimated that benefits account for approximately one third of the total cost of an employee. Due to this high cost proportion, benefits should be an essential area for management reporting. As a part of report design within an HRMS benefits management framework, here are two areas to consider as a starting point.

Financial Reporting - Bean Counting and Costs

From a pure cost perspective, how much does a particular benefit plan cost, per employee? What is the best mix of plans to offer, where do the advantages outweigh the costs? HRMS benefits reporting here would look at the options chosen and how much these cost the company overall, from the employer’s perspective.

Financial reporting can also cover the areas of benefits with tax implications. For example, if your employees are contributing to a 401k, they may be lowering their personal tax rates, there are also company tax implications in offering these plans. Traditional pensions carry a greater risk for the company than 401k plans, so accurate reporting on the various pension and savings plans is essential.

HR Reporting – the Warm and Fuzzy Side

Benefits can be seen as a recruitment and retention tool. In order for your company to stay competitive, the employees’ perception of your company’s benefits matters here. Reports in this area would compare uptake for various options to determine popularity.

Detailed reporting should be done based on employees who are leaving the company; would different plan options or costs have made a difference to the employee? Alternately, are there any trends among the exiting employees, do they share certain benefit configurations, or other identifying pieces of data? For example, if you notice that a large proportion of employees with family health coverage are leaving in greater numbers than expected, reporting can help you to determine if this is related to the benefit offering itself, or something else such as working hours is causing those with families to leave.

Benefits management reporting is an essential area that needs to be considered as a part of your HRMS analytics landscape. Reporting on benefits data can offer insights into this costly budget item, as well as provide a greater understanding of your employee population.

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Heather Batyski

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Heather is an experienced HRMS analyst, consultant and manager. Having worked for companies such as Deloitte, Franklin Templeton and Oracle, Heather has first-hand experience of many HRMS solutions including Peoplesoft and Workday.

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Heather Batyski