Employees treasure their workplace benefits more than ever, yet employers are increasingly asking workers to shoulder more of the costs of providing those benefits, finds a new survey of benefit plan participants and employers.

Nearly half of employers (47%) plan to ask employees to take on a higher share of benefit costs in 2014, according to the Guardian Workplace Benefits Study, in part because of the Affordable Care Act. And while half of employers feel they’ve been successful in rolling out post-health care reform benefits, only 22% say that they are “well prepared” to communicate these changes to employees.

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