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Employees show more interest in health care changes than employers

SmartPulse — our weekly reader poll in Smartbrief on Workforce — tracks feedback from leading managers and HR practitioners. We run the poll question each Wednesday in our e-newsletter.

Last week, we asked: How many employees at your company have asked how the recently passed health care reform legislation will affect their benefits?

  • No one has asked about it. 46.35%
  • Many employees have asked and it’s a hot topic of conversation.  16.67%
  • Some have asked and it’s garnered some attention from employees.  14.06%
  • Less than a handful. 13.54%
  • Several people have asked, but it isn’t a huge topic of conversation.  9.38%

This is an interesting contrast to last week’s poll where three of four employers weren’t talking about it at all. With over half of people polled saying that at least some employees had interest in how the mandates and new regulations will impact their current benefits, I am wondering if this will eventually change employer’s virtual silence on the issue?

Lance Haun is community director for, the main guy over at and a member of the SmartBrief on Workforce Advisory Board.

Sorry. No data so far.