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Core Skill: Making Smart Choices

The Big Idea for Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The last few decades have seen a shift from a "defined benefit" to a "defined contribution" model, in which employees have been given more choices to manage the types of benefits they would most like to receive.

And yet, increased choice brings along with it increased risk. For instance, who wouldn't want paid time off? It has an immediate payoff, and in fact, a large number of employees who were surveyed in a recent Mercer study released today indicated paid time off ranked high for them.

These immediate payoffs, however, can come at the cost of long-term benefits, such as protection from a catastrophic loss that could come in the form of a large hospital bill, for instance. So how can companies help employees make smarter benefit choices? Mercer's Dave Rahill provides insight in today's lesson. 



  1. 1 Helping Employees Make Smart Benefit Choices
    Daniel Honan Inside Employers' Minds
  2. 2 Why We Make Bad Decisions About Money (And What We Can Do About It)
    Daniel Kahneman
  3. 3 Drowning in Benefit Choices? How Businesses Can Restore the Balance
    Jason Gots Inside Employers' Minds
  4. 4 Retirement Shock : A Little Hand-Holding Goes A Long Way
    Paul Krugman

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