Do your employees understand their 401(k)?

Good employers are always striving to do the right things for their employees, and providing them with a retirement plan is a prime example of this. In addition to offering employer-provided benefits, like a 401(k) plan, it’s crucial that the company takes the time to educate their employees on these benefits.

There are a number of ways companies can educate employees on their 401(k) plan. Some ways include:

Inform new employees: provide information in employee handbooks or utilize payroll stuffers, flyers or posters around the office so new employees are aware the plan exists.

  • Explain the enrollment process: schedule enrollment meetings or provide enrollment books so employees can understand how to get started and how to choose the appropriate investments.
  • Discuss regularly: conduct annual or continuing education meetings that can be used to keep participants informed on how and why to save and invest.
  • Provide resources: share the 401(k) website with employees, which has many tools for investment planning and forecasting. Resources like this help employees understand when they can afford to retire. Share these tools through meetings, handouts or email.

Nachman Norwood & Parrott Walth Management Consultancy (NNP) understands the importance of education in retirement planning. Read what criteria companies must meet when offering a 401(k) plan and more information on how companies can educate their employees by downloading NNP’s second quarter newsletter on our website.