Yes No Checkbox One in five of all of the respondents – men and women – say they spend only a few minutes reviewing benefits offered by their employer before making a decision. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Employers can offer a plethora of benefit offerings, but when workers don’t understand the benefit of certain benefits, the open enrollment process can be a nightmare, according to an employee survey sponsored by MetLife Inc.

Indeed, a third of the 1,004 adults polled by marketing research firm Engine on behalf of Metlife say they would rather talk about their weight than their employee benefits. Moreover, nearly half (45 percent) of the respondents dread the benefits enrollment process as much as asking for a raise — only marginally less than they dread renewing their driver’s license or passport.

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Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.

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