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The economy is causing employees – particularly younger generations – to turn with greater interest to employers for help with establishing financial security.  Nearly half (49%) of all employees surveyed say that because of the economy they are counting on employers’ benefits programs to help with their financial protection needs, and that percentage climbs to 55% for Gen X workers and 66% for Gen Y.  The majority of surveyed employers (60%) feel economic conditions are creating additional opportunities to leverage workplace benefits programs to achieve their objectives, and only about 10%, regardless of company size, say they plan to reduce benefits, according to MetLife’s 10th Annual Study of Employee Benefits Trends.  Findings from the study, available at www.metlife.com/benefitstrendsAdvertisement, highlight ways employers can evolve their benefits strategies as a result of the recession to cost-effectively attract and retain a talented and productive workforce

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