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What are the Advantages of Financial Wellness Programs?

Question:

I’ve been hearing a lot about employers offering financial wellness programs as a benefit for employees in 2017.  What is a financial wellness program and what are the advantages of offering this benefit to my employees?

Answer:

Financial wellness programs are becoming increasingly popular as an employee benefit.  A 2016 Aon Hewitt report found that 55% of employers are offering at least one kind of benefit that is related to financial well-being.  By the end of 2017, that number is expected to grow to 77%.

Financial wellness programs are offered through financial planning companies, and even some local banks.  Employers partner with these companies to provide personalized financial support to their employees.  By doing this, you’re giving your employees the personalized tools they need to build a strong financial foundation, reduce debt, or plan for future expenses like their children’s college tuition or buying a home.

Unfortunately, finances play a leading role in elevating stress levels for about 52% of employees, according to a 2016 PwC Employee Wellness Survey.  To help alleviate that stress, employers are beginning to offer these programs.  For employees, personalized financial planning could lower stress levels, increase productivity at work, and provide the ability to create a solid financial foundation for them.  For employers, financial wellness programs could decrease turnover, improve employee job satisfaction, and lower healthcare costs.

Employees who thrive at home, thrive at work… and employers are starting to notice.   

 

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