When companies evaluate employee health, they often focus solely on physical well-being. However, this perspective overlooks other crucial aspects of health.
The World Health Organization describes health as a “state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, not just the absence of disease or infirmity.” This broadens our understanding of health, encompassing all significant facets of an individual’s life.
One critical facet is financial well-being. For many, financial matters are a primary source of stress, especially given challenges like increasing living costs in the U.S. A recent PwC survey found that 56% of workers feel their financial health is compromised.
While the impact of financial stress on individual well-being is significant, its ripple effect is felt strongly within organizations as well.
Financial stress among employees can undermine overall workplace wellness. This stress can lead to decreased productivity, increased absenteeism, tense relationships, and even a higher likelihood of accidents if employees are distracted or sleep-deprived.
What’s even more alarming is that a growing number of employees are skipping essential healthcare visits due to existing debt and severe financial difficulties.
In the end, financial worries can hamper employee engagement, performance, safety, and morale. As such, it’s an aspect of health that employers can’t overlook when designing comprehensive health strategies for their teams.
Understanding the impact of financial stress leads us to recognize its emergence as a key concern for both employees and employers alike.
Just a few years ago, financial well-being wasn’t a primary focus on the employee benefits list. It was often overlooked in many companies’ wellness conversations. One reason could be that employees facing financial difficulties were too embarrassed to discuss them. Some companies might have assumed that if they were paying their employees, then those employees must have their finances in order.
However, times are changing:
With the rising demand for financial wellness support, what can employers do to address this crucial area of employee well-being?
How can employers support employees in navigating financial challenges and making informed money decisions?
The path to financial wellness is paved with knowledge. By offering financial education crafted by learning and development experts, employers can empower employees to handle their finances confidently and instill lasting financial discipline. For instance, understanding how to formulate and adhere to a budget is crucial. It illuminates spending patterns and prevents overspending.
These platforms grant employees the ability to set budgets, monitor income and expenditures, set aside money for upcoming bills, and save for unforeseen circumstances.
Some employees might find personalized financial guidance invaluable. Expert counselors can provide tailored financial evaluations and guide employees in debt management, financial strategizing, and other financial matters.
Consider adding this table stakes benefit to your financial benefits package. It provides employees timely access to their earned income. When unexpected costs crop up between paydays, many resort to credit cards or high-interest payday loans. With earned wage access, they can access a portion of their earned salary when they need it, instead of resorting to debt.
Enhancing financial wellness can also come from providing a more adaptable work environment. Apps that manage shift scheduling let employees trade shifts or take on extra ones, granting them a greater say over their earnings and, by extension, their financial well-being.
The richer the array of financial resources and assistance an employer offers, the more robust the support for employees’ financial health.
Recognizing that financial wellness is unique to each individual and that every employee is at a different point on their path to financial security is essential. How can you ensure the effectiveness of your program, and how should you evaluate its success?
Start by understanding the financial concerns and needs of your employees. Listen to their perspectives and identify what they require. Tailor financial resources based on their most urgent needs.
Make sure everyone knows about the financial wellness resources available. Use avenues like internal newsletters, town hall meetings, the onboarding process, and regular reviews to disseminate information.
Consistently gather feedback to assess the impact of your financial wellness initiative. Employ a mix of tools like quick surveys, discussion groups, and monitoring the engagement rates with the program to gauge its efficacy.
The future of the workplace hinges on holistic wellness initiatives that cater to every facet of an individual’s well-being. By weaving financial wellness into employee benefits, we pave the way for a workforce that thrives in every sense.
Affirm your commitment to comprehensive employee wellness by integrating offerings like those from Payactiv. Our comprehensive financial wellness solution easily integrates with leading HCM, payroll and T&A systems.
As we look towards the future, it’s evident that a truly health-conscious workplace will consider every aspect of employee well-being, financial wellness included. Explore the Payactiv experience or arrange a demo to discover how we can support your organization’s holistic well-being journey.
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