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Employer Provided Financial Planners Gaining Popularity

One Work Perk That Has Your Future in Mind

Employer-provided napping pods are great and all, but there's one new work perk gaining popularity that would help employees more than providing a place to rest. A handful of large employers including IBM and Pepsi have arranged for their employees to have access to one-on-one counseling sessions with financial planners. Some mid and small size firms are following suit: Even though the benefit is costly for employers, they believe it will help keep their workforces happy by reducing a big stress in their lives.

IBM's Money Smart program is a built-in benefit, meaning employees have free access to monthly sessions with financial planners that focus on planning for retirement and rebalancing retirement portfolios. The personalized service is extended to employees' spouses, too. This type of customized financial education would certainly beat the traditional here's-your-brochure-and-go type of introduction to employer provided retirement plans. Would you benefit from the guidance of a financial planner?

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ciaositos ciaositos 7 years
A couple of co-workers and I had been talking about how sessions just like these would be incredibly useful...Not sure if there is a way for employees to bring this up to their employers since it is so expensive.
RosaDilia RosaDilia 7 years
My employer has just started doing this. I think it's great.
SugarKat SugarKat 7 years
I think I have it, but I've never used it. So, do the IBM folks know and understand that it's available? Also, is it easy to get access or is it something like you'll be reimbursed???
oliveoyle625 oliveoyle625 7 years
Totally
baybug baybug 7 years
I think it would be great! Have someone give me guidance and not have to pay for it.
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
OMG - i would LOVE to have a one-on-one with a financial planner. for myself - i know that i'm doing a LOT better with budgeting and making a dent in my debt, but if i could work with someone to get a better idea of what i need to do to pay it all down - then i would be on cloud nine. i wonder what i would have to do to get my company to take advantage of something like that - to work with an organization that offers that tool. i think that it would help us manage our salaries better rather than get into long drawn out discussions on raises that we deserve but never get.
lawchick lawchick 7 years
I would totally use this service.
sonya-ina sonya-ina 7 years
I would love love love to see this implemented at my work place. It's a GREAT idea. I think everyone should have a financial planner, but they are expensive :[
bellaressa bellaressa 7 years
This is a great idea.
SugarKat SugarKat 7 years
I think we have this and much more stuff like it as part of our benefits...
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 7 years
GREAT idea.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 7 years
that's such a great idea!
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