There is an official day for nearly everything and today is no exception – August 14 is Social Security Day.
As a human resources professional, I attend a few conferences each year. One of them is the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) annual conference. This year’s event was in Las Vegas which is still one of my favorite places to visit!
Almost every conference has an expo hall of sorts and, before the event, I like to plan out my expo hall strategy. One of the organizations that I try to visit whenever they are present is the Social Security Administration (SSA).
Now I know what some of you might be thinking. Really? Social Security? They probably have a dinky little booth tucked way back in the expo hall and they’re not giving away any good swag. And all of that would be true. But the reason I visit SSA booth is because it’s like visiting the Social Security offices without an incredibly long wait. And the people working the booth are super nice and accommodating.
I’m not saying that visiting the local offices are a waste of time, but let’s face it, none of us want to do it. We only go there when we have to. Or, we just take care of everything online. Visiting the Social Security booth at a conference is different because I can have a proactive and helpful conversation with them.
For example, this year, I was able to pick up three small booklets on:
I also received information about my Social Security online account and what I can find online about my benefits.
Would I have driven across town and waited in an office to pick these things up? We all know the answer is “no”. But I quickly and easily got them at a conference. And I was able to review them at my leisure.
So, the next time you’re at a conference or community event and see a government agency like Social Security exhibiting, go up and chat with them. Take the information they have to offer. Then, read it! This will make you more educated about the benefits you’re going to be eligible for at some point.