By Jake Turley
Although the cost of employee benefits continues to rise and healthcare remains a hotly debated political topic, Utah’s highly competitive labor market is forcing employers to rethink their overall total rewards strategy. According to the just-released 2018 Gallagher “Benefits Strategy & Benchmarking Survey,” attracting and retaining talent remains the No. 1 operational priority for two-thirds of Utah’s employers. That figure has increased 14 percentage points from 2017 and is in sharp contrast to the 31 percent of Utah employers who ranked controlling benefit costs as their top priority, a figure that declined 11 percentage points from 2017.