Employee Financial Wellness Matters: Prioritizing Employee Financial Health

Mar 13, 2024

We’re facing tough economic times, and it’s impacting your employees.

Many people are finding themselves struggling to make ends meet, even with a full-time job. Because of this, employee financial wellness has become a cornerstone of comprehensive employee well-being programs. 

It’s important to consider how an employee’s financial wellness is linked to their overall health — from mental and physical health to job satisfaction and overall productivity. To put it simply – your employees’ financial wellness can impact your bottom line. 

A 2023 Transamerica Institute report states that 77% of workers view financial wellness programs as an important benefit. Yet only 28% of employers offer them. 

For HR teams seeking to cultivate a thriving workforce and boost their bottom line, prioritizing financial health is not just beneficial – it’s essential.

The Significance of Financial Wellness

Financial wellness matters for both employees and organizations. Employees grappling with financial stress are more likely to experience health problems, absenteeism and decreased productivity. 

Conversely, employees who feel financially secure report higher levels of job satisfaction and engagement. 

A report by the TIAA Institute and the Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center (GFLEC) states that employees spend an average of eight hours a week dealing with financial issues, with four of those hours occurring at work. 

This underscores the profound impact financial well-being can have on an organization’s bottom line.

Components of a Comprehensive Financial Wellness Program

A successful financial wellness program addresses various aspects of financial health, including:

  • Financial Education: Empower your employees through workshops, seminars and resources on budgeting, saving and investing.
  • Budgeting Tools: Provide access to apps and platforms that help employees track spending, set goals, and save efficiently.
  • Retirement Planning: Offer consultations and planning services to ensure employees are adequately preparing for retirement.
  • Debt Management: Assist employees in managing and reducing debt through counseling and strategic planning.

Implementing Employee Financial Wellness Programs

For employers looking to implement financial wellness programs, it starts with understanding the unique needs of their workforce. HR plays a crucial role in promoting financial wellness by:

  • Conducting surveys to identify employees’ financial concerns and needs.
  • Selecting appropriate program components based on identified needs.
  • Engaging leadership to champion the initiative.
  • Regularly assessing the program’s impact on employee well-being and making adjustments as necessary.

Measuring the impact can involve tracking metrics such as employee participation rates, changes in financial behaviors and feedback on the usefulness of the program components.

The link between financial wellness and employee performance is undeniable. By prioritizing financial health, employers can not only enhance the well-being of their employees but also drive organizational success. 

Investing in comprehensive financial wellness programs is an investment in the future of both employees and the organization. As the landscape of employee benefits continues to evolve, financial wellness will remain a key pillar of holistic employee well-being strategies. 

If you’re interested in exploring a financial wellness program for your employees but aren’t sure where to start, connect with a Totem team member today.


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