8 ways to improve your retirement participant education plan
Its as important as an investment policy statement and should clearly state the objectives of participant education and include ways to measure progress toward those objectives.
The plan should tie in to the education policy statement by outlining all of the tactics used. These could include educational meetings, the messages to be delivered, who performs the various functions and a plan to review results.
Reasonable objectives should go beyond simple plan participation and designed to help ensure that all participants have adequate savings at retirement.
They are an effective way to communicate with participants, especially with tax-exempt employers. Individual meetings can supplement general information given at group meetings, yet tailored to the specific needs of each participant.
You may have a particular message you want participants to hear like how they receive a valuable benefit thats paid for by the organization. Or you want to increase participant awareness about retirement readiness. Make sure the education communication is delivered consistently, without different or conflicting messages mixed in.
Retirement and financial calculators are good, but additional tools that allow participants to work toward and track progress toward objectives are better.
This can be an area in particular where you get what you pay for.
While no plan is perfect, a quality education plan will take into account what is learned from experience, as well as shifting demographics in the plan.
While your retirement education plan might look good on paper, it could likely use a little work in order to hit the right notes with employees. Aaron Friedman, national practice leader at The Principal Financial Group, provides best practices to create an engaging approach.