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Talking about finances at work can seem like a taboo subject, especially given that conversations about salaries, bonuses or saving for retirement usually take place behind closed doors. If you are a member of a group savings scheme through your employer, such as a pension, provident or umbrella fund, you may have burning questions about how this will impact your retirement.

You may feel worried about raising some of these questions given that conversations about finances at work are usually shrouded in secrecy. But the reality is that what you do in the lead up to retirement will determine the experience you have at and during retirement. Asking your employer the tough questions now may save you a lot of trouble later, and allow you to take charge of your own future.

Employees often feel that they can’t talk about finances in the workplace because of the fear of being judged, being viewed as naive or ignorant, or because their personal circumstances may differ drastically to others’, putting them on an unequal footing. Common concerns include: Will I have enough at retirement to live comfortably; am I saving enough; how much do I need; and how do I know that the group savings scheme is right for me and my circumstances?

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