Momentums’ Smart Exit solution, developed together with Accenture, won the gold award in the Service Design category at this year’s prestigious Loeries. The Service Design category was introduced in 2015 to recognise brands that engage with their customers in an innovative way.
Towards a better retirement for employees
Smart Exit is the first online process of its kind. It guides Momentum’s retirement fund members to make better financial decisions. This solution not only saves members time, it also enhances their financial wellness. The system reduces the member’s temptation of spending their retirement savings when they change employees by preserving it for their actual retirement. For the staff member leaving, there is often confusion about what to do with their retirement savings benefit. In as many as 60% of cases, members take their retirement benefit as a lump sum and spend it. Riaan Singh, Senior Manager: Digital Strategy at Momentum Corporate and Public Sector says that Smart Exit is a clear, step-by-step process. “Smart Exit includes interactive scenario analysis showing members alternatives to help them realise the impact on their retirement and financial wellness if they choose to take their retirement savings as a lump sum and spend it. During the pilot programme, the number of members who opted to take their retirement savings as a lump sum halved.”
Less admin and lower risk for HR
When employees leave their jobs, it typically becomes a time-consuming and admin-heavy process for HR personnel, but this trailblazing system reduces the admin associated with withdrawing or transferring an employee’s retirement benefits. What’s more, HR staff often find themselves giving financial advice to employees about what they should do with their retirement savings benefit. This of course holds many dangers for the existing member as well as for HR staff who are not allowed to give financial advice.
Clear step-by-step process
Smart Exit allows members to easily transfer their retirement savings benefit from their current Momentum retirement fund to their new employer’s retirement fund and guides them to make good financial decisions. Members can even convert their group insurance benefits to individual insurance benefits with Momentum, without losing the amount of cover they enjoyed under their group insurance policy.
With a totally secure one-time PIN that gives members access to the Smart Exit site, they can see the following information:
- Their retirement savings to date.
- How their choices will impact their long-term savings.
- The potential amount of tax they will pay if they take their retirement
benefit as a lump sum.
The service also puts the member leaving in touch with the financial adviser of their scheme with the click of a button.
It is this ease of process and financial guidance that will most likely equip people to make more informed decisions, and secure a better retirement outcome.
You can find out more on this system and how it works to the benefit of Momentum members here.