Empower your employees to vanquish their financial fears

The four pillars of good financial wellbeing 

What most frightens people?

Vampires? Zombies? Things that go bump in the night?

With Halloween having befallen us just a few days ago, ghouls, ghosts and other nightmarish nasties might first come to mind.

But a significant source of worry and stress for adults might be something that may seem a lot more mundane.

Studies suggest that one of the leading causes of stress in the UK is the amount of money people have to live on.1

More than half of all adults in the UK (55%) have experienced concerns over their own mental wellbeing because of money worries.

The issue is particularly acute for those age 18-34, with nearly three-quarters (72%) reporting that they have at some point experienced mental health or wellbeing issues linked to money fears.2

It’s clear that financial worries can have a scarily huge impact on people’s mental wellbeing.

As an employer, you are in a unique position to help your employees combat financial issues through effective financial wellbeing strategies.

Too often these start from ‘good sounding’ business ROIs – like improving presenteeism at work, increasing productivity, mitigating absenteeism, and maximising employee benefit utilisation.

However, a people-led focus that seeks to be fair, inclusive, safe and supportive is a really good place to start.

Our handy guide outlines the four key pillars of workplace financial wellbeing – encouraging employers to strive towards workplace strategies that result in fair, inclusive, safe and supportive working environments for their employees.

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Download the guide to see how building these pillars into your approach could drive your financial wellbeing strategy – and keep the scary stuff at bay.


[1] In May last year, Mentally Yours (Metro’s mental health podcast) teamed up with Toluna to survey 1,000 UK residents ranging in age, income, and location. They found that the majority of UK residents (77%) are stressed about money: https://metro.co.uk/2018/05/14/77-of-us-are-stressed-about-money-7543155/

In January last year, a survey of 2,000 conducted by Forth also found that money was the common cause of stress: https://www.forthwithlife.co.uk/blog/great-britain-and-stress/

[2] https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/corporate/press-release--money-worries-have-left-two-in-three-brits-worried-about-loved-ones-mental-health

Posted by Steve Butler

Topics: Employee Engagement, financial wellbeing

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