Unum's new Buyers Study finds consumer interest in voluntarybenefits through the workplace has continued to grow, with a 16percent increase in voluntary sales in 2010 alone.

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Findings show voluntary benefits strongly influence employeesatisfaction, with an 82 percent employee satisfaction rate whenvoluntary benefits are offered at work.

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What's more, Unum reports, more employers are harnessing thepower of a sound benefits strategy that combines traditional andvoluntary benefits, as companies struggle with job security.

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Employees view voluntary benefits as a boon to theirworkplace behavior; sixty-seven percent of employee respondents sayemployer-provided voluntary benefits would increase theirproductivity.

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The most common combinations of voluntary benefits, according toUnum data, are:

  • Accident and critical illness
  • Accident and short-term disability
  • Accident, critical illness and life insurance

Unum reports that voluntary benefits appeal to employees of allages, but especially to those age 30 to 49.

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The top three industries offering voluntary benefits are:

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Health services and doctors

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Retail/wholesale trade

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Manufacturing

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Unum's BuyersSurvey 2011 was released this month.

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