American Society of Employers (ASE) Releases 2017/2018 Policies and Benefits Survey Results

Livonia, Mich. —July 17, 2017 — The American Society of Employers (ASE), one of the nation’s oldest and largest employer associations, released the organization’s 2017/2018 Policies and Benefits Survey results.  The surveys contain both national and Michigan data.  The findings were released by Mary E. Corrado, president and CEO of ASE.

“Employers are increasingly challenged with developing workplaces that effectively attract, retain and motivate the best talent.  This resource is one of the more comprehensive tools available for employers to ensure that their benefits, practices, and policies are relevant in today’s market,” stated Mary Corrado, President & CEO of the American Society of Employers.

The 2017/2018 National Policies and Benefits Survey contains information from 1,595 participating organizations from across the United States.  The Michigan Policies and Benefits Survey contains information from 166 participating organizations from across the State of Michigan.  All organizations answered 333 questions about their human resource policies and employee benefit offerings.  The majority of respondents have an employment size of 500 or less employees.

Survey highlights:

  • Nearly 40% (nationally – 38%, Michigan – 37%) of respondents attach a wellness incentive to their medical plan with approximately two thirds (nationally – 66%, Michigan – 67%) offering a reduction in employee premiums as an incentive.
  • Domestic partner benefits continue to increase in popularity. Participants currently offering benefits increased to approximately 41% nationally compared to only 31% here in Michigan, which is up from 38% and 26% respectively in the 2015/2016 survey.
  • 96% of national respondents offer life insurance with approximately 95% paying the full premium amount. In Michigan nearly 99% of respondents offer life insurance with approximately 94% paying the full premium amount.
  • About 83% of national respondents provide short-term disability insurance, which is a slight increase to what was reported in the 2015/2016 surveys. Similar to the 2015/2016 survey, 92% of Michigan respondents provide short-term disability insurance.
  • The average number of paid sick/personal days is 7.4 nationally and 7.0 Michigan, which is similar to the 2015/2016 amount reported.
  • Nationally organizations providing an iPad/Tablet for employee use significantly increased to 33% –up from 27% in 2015/2016. However iPad/Tablet for employee use provided by Michigan employers dropped significantly to 16% –down from 28% in 2015/2016.
  • Both across the nation and here in Michigan 74% of organizations have blocking mechanisms for restricted Internet sites. Instant messaging is on the rise and is now allowed in 50% of organizations nationally and nearly 60% of Michigan organizations, while personal use of the Internet and e-mail use during work hours is allowed by over 55% (nationally – 59%, Michigan – 55%) for office employees. Access to social media sites during work hours is also increasing and is now allowed in approximately 50% (nationally – 47%, Michigan – 54%) of organizations. Over 50% (nationally – 53%, Michigan – 51%) monitor internet and e-mail usage which is a decrease over the prior survey.

Additional data regarding health and welfare benefits, retirement benefits, pay practices, working conditions, paid time off, recruitment practices, and employee relations is available in the full survey available for purchase.  To obtain a complete copy of the 2017/2018 Policies and Benefits Survey, contact Kevin Marrs, Vice President at ASE, 248-223-8025 or

About the American Society of Employers (ASE) – a Centennial Organization

The American Society of Employers (ASE) is a not-for-profit trade association providing people-management information and services to Michigan employers. Since 1902, member organizations have relied on ASE to be their single, cost-effective source for information and support, helping to grow their bottom line by enhancing the effectiveness of their people. Learn more about ASE at