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More Employees Prefer Broader Benefits Offers

Job seekers prefer companies that offer guaranteed lifetime income in retirement

A new TIAA survey shows how employers can stand out in a competitive job market. Learn more here.

NEW YORK, September 28, 2021 — More than 70% of workers say they would choose to work for or stay with a company that offers access to guaranteed lifetime income in retirement over one that does not, TIAA’s 2021 Lifetime Income Survey reveals.

“So many people are considering career changes, and they are telling us that benefits that extend beyond traditional compensation measures, including access to enhanced retirement savings programs, are critical factors in their searches and decision making,” said TIAA President and CEO Thasunda Brown Duckett. “To attract and retain talent employers should ensure they are offering lifetime income solutions in their retirement plans and communicating the benefits they provide.”

The 2021 TIAA Lifetime Income Survey was fielded online from May 12 to May 30, 2021 and received responses from 1,001 Americans aged 27-75.

Knowing How Much To Save

Six in 10 say they are highly interested in guaranteed lifetime income annuities offered through their employer’s retirement plan. Employees say having guaranteed lifetime income offers a sense of financial security (73%), provides spending flexibility and certainty around essential expenses (72%), makes knowing how much to save for retirement easier (68%), and creates security around market volatility (66%).

Yet confusion exists around the sources of guaranteed lifetime income. Almost half of respondents incorrectly identified non-lifetime income producing investment options as a source of guaranteed, ongoing income, such as mutual funds and certificates of deposits.

Improving Employee Retirement Confidence

The survey found that about half of employees (56%) think their retirement savings are on track, but when asked about the longevity of their savings, the numbers drop significantly. Only 42% think their savings will last 20 years or more in retirement and only 32% believe their savings will last 30 or more years.

Among those who already have guaranteed lifetime income, 64% say they believe their retirement savings will last 30+ years. Having guaranteed lifetime income also decreased retirement concerns around stock market declines and low-interest rates for about one-third of respondents.

Given these findings, employers today have an opportunity to improve their employees’ retirement confidence while enhancing their efforts to recruit and retain employees by providing access to guaranteed lifetime income in their retirement plan design and communicating its benefits to their employees.

 

 

 

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