Question: If you are dealing with money problems, do you turn to your workplace for help?
For most people, the answer would be “not on your life!” Few of us want anyone to know when we’re dealing with debt-related issues. So most of us manage quietly (or so we think) with the stress. But what if there was a better way? What if you knew your employer really cared about every aspect of your health, including your money?
I think financial wellness is a disposition or an outlook that people have when they are either experiencing financial success/security or are on a path toward that goal. It involves attitude and behavior. It’s why so much financial wellness is geared toward helping people get out of debt and live within their means.
Teaching people how to become debt-free and live that way has to be at the core of any financial wellness program. Recently, Fox Business News posted a piece about how consumer debt is affecting many workers’ ability to save for retirement. It cites a Financial Wellness Survey that shows that 33% of workers are not saving any money for their retirement. Of these, 59% say they have too many expenses to set aside money for future needs.
When team members face personal money problems, their workplace productivity plummets. They often lose their jobs as a result. If they stay, the level of their participation in company retirement programs is almost nonexistent.
In an effort to protect their ROI (return on investment), employers should look to financial wellness programs to remedy these problems. Certainly, every business is concerned about its ROI. But an authentic concern for the personal development and overall well-being of each team member is what defines a truly caring company. This is what creating corporate culture is all about. And when a company culture reflects a genuine concern for its team members, the ROI soars.
Financial problems cause stress, and there are plenty of studies that point to a correlation between stress and declining physical health. These problems also lead to poor family life and even divorce. By personally promoting financial wellness, businesses are sending their team members a message: We care about your health. We care about your home life. We care about you in every possible way!
Question: How would a financial wellness program in your company benefit team members?