Changing the arc of employee benefits


Around the globe, sweeping changes are transforming the design and shape of your organization’s employee benefits plan. Total annual benefits costs per employee continue to outpace both workers’ earnings and inflation, while new legislation and regulations add layers of complexity and additional expense. On top of all that, a shortage of critical talent is adding pressure to offer competitive benefits that will attract key employees.

Benefit From Our Experience

Mercer’s range and depth of experience mean we can offer you a more holistic approach to employee benefits design. We provide strategic advice and brokerage services that help you minimize risk, optimize benefit structure, and maximize employee engagement. With our help, you can streamline administration, better evaluate compliance needs, and boost employee engagement — often resulting in meaningful cost savings.

Leverage Mercer’s Relationships

Mercer has substantial relationships with nearly every major group carrier and national administrator. This creates great value for our clients by allowing us to anticipate trends and enhance our negotiation around costs, terms, and resolutions. It helps us build innovative programs such as Mercer Health Advantage® and Mercer Marketplace℠.

Strategy First to Optimize Benefits

At Mercer, we don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all solution. Working closely with you, we help you understand the current market dynamics, identify your goals and pain points, and then develop a tailored strategy to meet your business needs. Our approach delivers real-world solutions and Mercer-proprietary tools, including:

For example:

  • Benchmarking analysis: We conduct the most comprehensive benefits survey in the industry, providing proprietary insights and analysis through a series of surveys to help you make more informed decisions. In Canada, our Plan Design Database which hosts information on more than 2,000 benefit plans of 1,000 organizations is the largest of its kind, providing us insight into trends across various market segments. Our relative value tool helps you to quantify how your benefit program stacks up against a comparator group. Our Financial database allows you to benchmark carrier expenses for leverage in insurer negotiations.*
  • Pricing and forecasting tools: These tools can handle a variety of plan design features and allow the creation of “what if” scenarios on current and future plan costs.*
  • Marketing tools: Using our distinctive insurer and marketing databases, we conduct efficient vendor searches, alleviating the process of coming down with a short list of potential carriers.*
  • Drug Utilization Reviews (DUR): These reports provide an in depth understanding of drug costs and trends, identify high risk areas and provide recommendations for change. *

*Solutions and proprietary tools may not be available in all geographies.

Health Management

In countries where employers are primarily responsible for providing health benefits, we advise organizations on how to provide benefits that identify and reduce the health risks of their employee population while balancing corporate cost constraints. 

Mercer provides comprehensive health management solutions covering wellness, care management, absence, and behavioral health that can reduce total costs, improve workforce performance, and be a differentiator in the race for talent. 

Mercer Marsh Benefits

For organizations outside the US, Mercer Marsh Benefits provides a consultative broking approach in over 135 countries. MMB’s approach provides:

  • Measureable ROI for benefits programs through data-driven analysis and negotiations.
  • A better understanding of your employee profile and what benefits employees value through smarter benefits design.
  • Strategic structure and an approach to benefits management that creates long-term sustainability.
Best Practices and Better Service

We work with clients of all sizes, from small local businesses to huge multinational organizations. Our extensive experience allows us to identify best practices and scale them to meet your exact needs.

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