Saving for retirement is critical, but often it’s left out of the conversation surrounding employee benefits. It’s even more important these days as more employers shift to defined contribution plans, says Dean Clune, area executive vice president at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.’s Chicago office.

While Clune is focused on retirement, he often speaks with other Gallagher consultants who are handling a different aspect of a client’s benefits. “We work together to plan out our strategy,” he says. A joint approach to benefits builds a stronger relationship with clients, Clune says, and increases efficiency. “You’re looking at it more holistically,” he says.

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