While you might suspect that the employees at BlackRock, Inc., the world’s largest asset manager, were retirement planning masters in their own personal lives, it turns out they’re mostly just normal people who need a little expert help (and motivation) of their own to get the numbers right and the savings committed.

The irony of BlackRock’s situation was not lost on Katie Nedl, head of global benefits for the firm – which employs approximately 5,800 in its U.S. operations. But rather than repeat what passes for financial education at most companies – periodic, poorly attended webinars and an occasional flurry of impersonal emails – BlackRock opted to create a full-orchestrated financial wellness program, integrated with a user-friendly, one-stop-shopping online benefits platform.

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