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The business case for more fertility benefits and support

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To offer a sense of how important such support is for employees, and especially for younger employees, consider this: In a 2015 survey, 68% of respondents age 25 to 40 said they would switch jobs to gain fertility benefits, and that figure rose to 90% among people who were experiencing fertility challenges. We believe that there is a strong business case for organizations to change that perception—both with more fertility benefits and by encouraging bosses to accommodate employees undergoing what is often a fraught, emotional and physically demanding process.

Having said this, very few companies have supportive policies. In a 2018 U.S. study, only 4% of surveyed adults ages 25 to 40 said they had coverage for in vitro fertilization treatment, and less than 20% reported any fertility treatment benefits at all.

Similarly, a U.K. study in 2019 done by Willis Towers Watson found that almost a third of young workers age 18 to 34 believe fertility benefits should be offered by employers, a much higher percentage than other employee age groups.

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