The Frugal Fiduciary Blog

401k Enrollment: Is a Meeting or E-Delivery Best For Your Small Business 401k Plan?

Posted by Eric Droblyen on Jul 27, 2016

When a small business offers a 401k plan, its employees often need some sort of 401k education in order to make the two primary investing decisions applicable to 401k participation – “how much should I save?” and “where should I invest?”

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Topics: Employee Enrollment

Plan Participation Problems? No Problem

Posted by Holly Roussel-Godfrey on May 10, 2016

You’ve made the decision to establish a 401(k) plan for your small business, but you’re concerned inertia or procrastination will prevent employees from using it. You know many workers think “I can’t afford to save much so there’s no point of saving at all” or “it’s OK for me to postpone savings because I’m not close to retirement.”

So how do you overcome these mental barriers or otherwise incentivize employees to participate in your new 401k plan? Two ways - education and plan design. Employees are more likely to participate today when they understand the cost of delay and when certain plan features are offered.

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Topics: Employee Enrollment, Plan Design

Financial wellness is impossible to achieve without plan participation. Here’s how to address the issue with your employees.

Posted by Greg Carpenter on Oct 8, 2014

Financial Wellness
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Topics: Employee Enrollment

Plan re-enrollment: The “Wonder Drug” for your company’s retirement plan. It’s cheap, simple and benefits sponsors and employees.

Posted by Greg Carpenter on Aug 6, 2014

Plan re-enrollment
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Topics: Employee Enrollment

Make Saving Simple: Automatic 401k Enrollment

Posted by Greg Carpenter on Mar 13, 2013

I've always disliked the popular interpretation of the Tortoise and the Hare fable. Slow and steady wins the race, my eye! The tortoise did all that he could. The hare took a nap and barely lost. My interpretation – use your talents (and resources) frugally and you will get the best result possible. If the hare had appropriate incentives…

Let's take the unlikely leap to 401k participation and investing.

There are many reasons an employee might need incentive to enroll in a company 401k plan. For some, there's a lack of financial literacy. For others, it has less to do with understanding finances and more to do with the reality of living paycheck to paycheck. That's why many Employee Fiduciary clients choose automatic enrollment in their 401k plans – we have it in our plan and I encourage it as a best practice for small businesses.

You might be wondering why an employer would want to push an employee into forcibly saving for retirement – and why the Frugal Fiduciary supports it. Ayn Rand, Milton Friedman, John Locke and Henry David Thoreau would all likely rise in protest! But over the years, I've observed a few things most small business owners have in common:

1. They want to grow their businesses
2. They want to attract and retain the best talent
3. They want to treat their employees well, because it is the right thing to do

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Topics: Employee Enrollment

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