As an HR Specialist at the City of Joplin I'm responsible for Payroll and Benefits. The City of Joplin employees provide local services for a residential population of 50K with a daily commuter population of 250K. When I first started with the City, I did not have much experience with pension plans and struggled with the details of LAGERS. I contacted LAGERS and spoke to Penny who agreed to come to the City and make a presentation. I was amazed how easily she explained every aspect of our pension plan. She provided me with LAGERS literature, directed me to specific educational materials on the web site, and answered my million questions I had. She has since then always been extremely helpful each and every time I have called or emailed with questions (which is often).
Our guest blogger Katie Hunze from Jefferson County explains what is involved in a LAGERS on-site Pre-Retirement Seminar and how they can help employees understand their benefit.
Jefferson County hosted its first Pre-Retirement Seminar in April; open to all our employees. We were pleased to have 95 employees for our first attempt. Our vision is to ensure that whether retirement is five years or twenty-five years away, all employees should have a solid understanding of what they’re working towards every single day. We appreciate and value all of our public servants and want them to be able to enjoy the retirement that they have worked so hard for! Retirement benefits are covered during our new hire orientation but that can be somewhat overwhelming and this seminar allowed us to focus on the specific topic of retirement.
The Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies recently wrapped up its annual retirement survey that measures employer and worker attitudes towards retirement. The results of this survey provide interesting insight about how three generations participating in the workforce (Millennials, Generation X, and the Baby Boomers) view retirement.
There is no question that the Boomers (those born between 1946 - 1964) are not only transforming retirement, but society as a whole. Transamerica calls this generation the "trailblazers of the new retirement" because they have "re-written societal rules at every stage of their life." There is too much information to unpack the entire Transamerica survey in this blog, so we will focus on the Boomers and some of their retirement blindspots they need to address as they approach retirement.
If you are a Boomer, you will want to keep reading.