New York - Nearly four in ten (37%) California employers see workforce diversity--and the wide range of benefits needs associated with it--as a top human resource priority, compared with 29% of employers nationwide. This is according to MetLife's 2005 Employee Benefits Trends Study. One way the state's employers are working to meet this challenge is by providing work/life benefits--an approach adopted by 58% of California employers, compared with 52% of their peers nationwide."More than employers in other states, California employers strive to truly understand their employees' diverse needs in order to create the most appropriate benefits packages," said Randy Stram, vice president, Institutional Business, MetLife. "While many companies nationwide still continue to offer a one-size-fits-all benefits package, California employers are taking extra steps to maximize benefits satisfaction and return-on-investment."

Customized options may be a major reason why California employees say they are satisfied with the benefits provided through their employers (43%) to a greater degree than their counterparts across the U.S. (39%). In addition, Californians are more likely to say that the benefits offered by their employers are an important reason why they went to work for their employer (36%), compared to employees in the rest of the country (31%).

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