Employee benefits strategy and design


Forces outside of your control are driving sweeping changes in the design and shape of your organisation’s employee benefits plan. Total annual benefit costs per employee continue to outpace both workers’ earnings and inflation, while new legislation and regulations add layers of complexity and additional expense.

Today employers must also support a diverse workforce of employees who are working until later in life and with increasing health risks. To meet these challenges and remain competitive, employers must improve their bottom line through improving the physical, mental, financial and social wellbeing of their employees.

Benefit From Our Experience

Mercer’s wealth of experience and expertise means we can offer you a more strategic approach to employee benefits.

We use a rigorous methodology to help clients develop benefits strategies that are targeted to their distinct employee populations and budgets and aligned with business and talent objectives. This includes strategies to influence and manage employee behaviour, communicate the value of benefits, and fully integrate health benefits into the total rewards package.

With the strategy set, we then work with the client to develop and deliver specific benefit programmes. This can include medical, dental, behavioural health, life, accident and disability, absence, flexible benefits/employee choice, and voluntary benefits, as well as other innovative benefits programmes.

Our ultimate goal is to enable clients to:

  • Improve employee health, productivity, engagement, motivation, and performance.
  • Improve the organisation’s financial well-being by increasing the value for money spent on benefits.
  • Ensure that benefits are competitively financed and effectively administered.
  • Offer competitive and compliant benefits within budget.

With our help, you can streamline administration, better ensure compliance, and boost employee engagement, often resulting in meaningful cost savings.


Strategy and planning

Stay on top of market trends that matter to you. We’ll help you cut through the noise to develop a winning strategy.


Design and financing

How competitive is your program, and what’s driving costs? Make sure your plan design and financing are up to the task.


Vendor selection and management

Who’s the best partner for your company? Leverage our deep knowledge of the marketplace to find the right fit.


Delivery and communication

Make sure your employees understand the value of their benefits by designing the right level of support to create your best employee experience.

The content within this site does not constitute specific advice.  Mercer provides recommendations based on our clients’ circumstances and needs, which may vary among clients.  

Strategy First to Optimise Benefits

At Mercer, we don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all solution. Working closely with clients, we identify pain points and then develop a well-defined strategy and systematic process.

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

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