10 Benefits Your Employer Will Cut Next Year - New Hiring

Companies are slashing jobs, benefits, perks--even the holiday party

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Hiring freezes. Firms are likely to institute multiple cost-saving measures in tandem. "No single action here is going to help companies weather the storm," says Laura Sejen, global director of strategic rewards at Watson Wyatt. "Companies are looking at the full array of cuts they might make, and I think they are pulling a number of these triggers." As an alternative or in addition to layoffs, companies may stop hiring new people and leave some vacant positions unfilled. A quarter of the companies Watson Wyatt surveyed plan to freeze hiring in the next year.

Layoffs


Higher health costs
Travel restrictions
Training cuts
Canceled parties
Salary freezes
Reduced merit increases
Pension freezes
Cut 401(k) matches