Results Show UST Members Saving, Satisfied

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The 2013 UST Member Satisfaction Survey finds UST Members happy with service and savings found at the Trust.

UST provides "reliable and ‘understandable’ services and communication, and it makes financial sense [to join].”

The Unemployment Services Trust (UST) is pleased to announce that 93 percent of Trust participants report that they would recommend participation in UST to another nonprofit. Explained one respondent, UST provides “reliable and ‘understandable’ services and communication, and it makes financial sense [to join].”

Providing more than two thousand not-for-profit organizations with unemployment claims management and budgeting services, UST has been aiding 501(c)(3) agencies in reducing their overall unemployment costs for over three decades.

In fact, 78 percent of survey respondents ranked “saving money by no longer paying unemployment taxes” as a primary benefit of being a UST member, while 75 percent also felt that “having professional claims management services” was a “very important” part of the benefits to their organization.

And in an era in which live phone support has proven increasingly scarce, it was not surprising to find that 83 percent ranked the “UST customer support by phone” as a valuable resource. It seems that this support has proven effective, as the vast majority of respondents—over 95 percent—indicated that over the past year they have had no concerns about UST’s service or their concerns were adequately addressed (68.5% and 26.8%, respectively).

With the large majority of respondents in Finance, HR and Administration roles, the Member Satisfaction Survey is a high level overview used to assess recent service enhancements, determine areas for improvement, and enrich the member experience.

“We’re very excited to find that so many of this year’s survey participants are not only happy with their membership in the Trust, but that they feel confident in taking that a step further and would recommend the Trust to their peers,” said Donna Groh, Executive Director.

“To hear that such a large segment of our members are satisfied with their participation in the Trust is deeply gratifying,” agreed Adam Thorn, Director of Operations. “At UST we’re always working to improve our processes and make it even easier for members to lower the cost of unemployment and build a healthy reserve balance, so whenever we have the opportunity to get feedback from members about what could be done to improve the service we carefully consider it.

Using previous surveys and other member feedback data, the Trust has introduced new processes and features that focus on further reducing unemployment claim liability. Recent enhancements have included a new online claims dashboard to view which former employees have filed for unemployment benefits, a more comprehensive and timely statement of account, and representation by an expert at all unemployment claims hearings.

“Some of our best new ideas have come from members,” Thorn added.

About UST: Founded by nonprofits, for nonprofits, UST is the largest unemployment trust in the nation, providing 501(c)(3) organizations with a safe, cost-effective alternative to paying state unemployment taxes. Equifax Workforce Solutions (WS) is UST’s partner to provide members with claim administration, audits of state charges, and hearing representation if a member’s claims protest goes to court. They also provide educational seminars and training materials to UST member agencies throughout the year. Visit http://www.ChooseUST.org to learn more.

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