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Do your childless employees get their fair share of benefits?

This story appears in the March 1998 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Are your workers grateful for the benefits you provide to them--or are growing numbers of them seething over perceived inequities that give the lion's share of benefit dollars to a minority in the workplace? If you think the grumpiness is on the rise, you're right. But the surprising news is that the minority pointed to as receiving too many benefits are workers with children. And a startling 56 percent of companies polled by The Conference Board, a New York City-based research organization, say that childless employees resent the benefits provided to employees with children.

Robert McGarvey writes on business, psychology and management topics for several national publications. To reach him online with your questions or ideas, e-mail

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