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Is a little decision-making help needed to complete your employees' retirement plans?

This story appears in the December 2002 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Panicked employees who are worried about the diminishing values of their 401(k)s don't do much for a company's morale. While it's impossible for an entrepreneur to reverse the impact of a bear market, you can help your employees position their portfolios to get better long-term results.

Many business owners have stepped in to help employees get the most from their retirement plans. Whether it's providing free or low-cost access to independent financial advisors, hosting in-house investment seminars or circulating financial planning resource lists on the company intranet, making an effort to help participants in your company's retirement plan goes a long way to restore confidence in what has become a key compensation perk at small businesses.

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