The Affordable Care Act may be the law of the land but that doesn’t mean it isn’t  causing headaches for benefits professionals. In a survey released this week by Keas, 2% of HR pros surveyed said their biggest concern about the ACA, once it’s up and running, is that they won’t want to work in HR anymore.

The No. 1 concern, meanwhile, is being overwhelmed by employee communications and questions, cited by 39%. Twenty-three percent said they had no concerns about ACA compliance.

Overall, 41% said their job is very stressful, with 6% saying their job is off-the-charts-stressful. An equal number (47%) said they experience an average/normal level of job stress.

The Keas HR Executive Survey also asked about open enrollment challenges. Educating employees about available benefits was cited by 47% of respondents, while 22% said getting employees to participate in benefits selection was their greatest OE challenge.

Benefits practitioners also shared their views on common mistakes made by CEOs:

  • 64% said CEOs are guilty of not recognizing what truly motivates employees.
  • 41% point out that CEOs fail to lead by example in the key HR initiatives deployed.
  • 32% felt that CEOs don’t make company culture enough of a priority.

Does the ACA have you tearing your hair out? Has it ever made you want to leave the benefits field? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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