- Are you using the 401(k) match, if offered? When it comes to investing in your retirement, it's hard to find a better option than an employer offering a full or partial match to your own savings. In most programs, your employer will offer to match your contributions up to a certain percentage of your salary. This could be a full or partial match, and could vary depending on the amount of time you've been with the company. Talk to your financial advisor to find out how much difference using your match can make to you.
- Do you have access to a legal plan, financial planning resources or any other voluntary benefits? In order to attract and retain the best employees, many leading companies offer additional types of insurance beyond health insurance. One common type of voluntary benefit is a legal plan. According to " Measuring the Effects of Legal and Financial Woes," a study conducted by Russell Research and commissioned by ARAG, three out of four employees experienced a legal event in the past 12 months. Furthermore, employees' legal and financial problems can impact engagement and productivity at work. Enrolling in voluntary benefits such as legal and financial solutions can help you solve these personal problems more efficiently to minimize the impact on your work, as well as increase your physical and financial wellness.
- Does your healthcare plan still make sense for your current situation? Many of us chose a healthcare plan when we started with the company, but haven't reconsidered if it still makes sense for the ways our lives have changed. For families, choosing the right health insurance plan requires a thorough review process. Keep track of your medical expenses throughout the year so you can review to ensure you are using the plan that works best for you. Take into account any life changes like having a child or new health issues you've developed since you last enrolled in benefits.
- Are you taking advantage of wellness discounts and reimbursements? Most employers recognize the importance of exercise as part of a healthier lifestyle and provide reimbursements for health club memberships and the purchase of exercise equipment. Many companies also have discounts in place with organizations such as gyms and nutritionists. Take a look at the wellness section of your company intranet to make sure you are taking full advantage of these healthy offers.
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