Study Finds Employer-Worker Disconnect on Education/Advice

March 23, 2009 ( - Plan sponsors and employees tend to see some key retirement planning issues differently, including the always important area of education/advice, a new study suggests.

MetLife’s Annual Employee Benefits Trends Study finds that while 51% of workers polled say they are interested in access to financial planners at work, only 37% of employers say they have a responsibility to provide retirement advice/guidance.

In fact, for boomers born between 1946 and 1955, those interested in such a workplace benefit jumped from 41% in August 2008 to 55% three months later.

“It is hard to overestimate employee appetite for advice and guidance in financial planning-and specifically retirement planning-offered through the workplace,” MetLife says in the report. “…This desire has understandably increased in the current economic conditions, especially among older workers.”

In general, the survey finds 72% of employees pointing to retirement benefits as a significant factor in their influencing loyalty, compared with 40% of employers who recognize that dynamic.