Sharing the cost of benefits with employees is usually met with dissatisfaction because employees are unaware of the extent to which benefits are subsidized by the company. Additionally, they are not used to paying for that which had previously been provided to them at no cost.
Most recently companies have tried offering voluntary benefits to fill the gaps in benefit packages, but that alone does not solve the lack of employee understanding and/or dissatisfaction with their entire pay and benefit packages. The reason being, that in spite of the very best efforts of human resources personnel, there is no way to ensure communication materials that are costly to produce are actually being read and understood by the intended targeted audience.
Successfully enrolling employees in voluntary programs, that are payroll deducted, can also create an administrative and costly nightmare to the employer unless they are executed properly and with an understanding of their effects on precious HR and payroll resources.
There is no monetary cost to the employer