I work for a large government employer - a community college district in the US with thousands of employees. I received an email from HR saying that all employees were required to meet with a salesperson from an outside financial services company in order to "make informed decisions regarding the Section 125 Plan and other pre-taxed options."
I resent their approach for several reasons:
- It's an inefficient use of my time, since I could figure out my options much more efficiently by reading something written down rather than sitting through a powerpoint presentation.
- I also don't like the idea of being shoved into a room with a salesperson against my will -- it doesn't seem likely to put me in a position to deal intelligently with the sales pitch.
I probably do want to participate in the plan, but I don't want to be marched through the process by a salesperson without prior access to any information.
Is this a normal thing for an employer to do? Any suggestions for how to protect my time and avoid being forced into a hasty decision by a salesperson whom I have no reason to trust?