The SHRM Employee Benefits Survey is one of the longest-running annual research reports covering trends in employee benefits among organizations in the United States. Each year, SHRM launches the survey to HR professionals across the country to assess trends in the prevalence of specific employer-offered benefits across multiple categories.

This year’s Employee Benefits Survey regained a semblance of normalcy following the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on 2020’s data collection. Specifically, the survey returned to the traditional timing of benefits data collection from HR professionals to occur both during and shortly after many companies’ open enrollment periods. Further, the survey also reintroduced many specific benefits across multiple categories that were temporarily removed amid the increased focus on “core” benefits during the height of the pandemic. Given the adaptations businesses have made since the pandemic began, returning to the regular data collection period and reintroducing specific benefits serves to provide organizations with a more timely and complete picture of where they stand.