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Employee Financial Wellness

Discover the key to empowering your workforce with our comprehensive Employee Financial Wellness programs, tailored to enhance personal financial stability and drive organizational success.

Written by Christine Sutton| Published  - 08/01/2024


People Services

Employee Financial Wellness

An Employee Financial Wellness Program is a workplace initiative aimed at helping employees improve their financial health and literacy. It typically includes personalized financial education, access to financial planning tools, advice on debt management and budgeting, and resources for retirement and savings planning.

The goal is to empower employees to make informed financial decisions, reduce their financial stress, and ultimately improve their overall job satisfaction and performance. By providing such a program, employers demonstrate a commitment to the holistic wellbeing of their staff, leading to a more engaged, productive, and loyal workforce.

Financial Wellness - employee benefits

Employee benefits from a Financial Wellness Program are substantial and multifaceted. Participants gain valuable financial knowledge and skills, such as effective budgeting, debt management, and tax-efficient investment strategies, leading to improved financial decision-making. This education reduces financial stress, a common issue impacting mental health and job performance.

Enhanced financial stability contributes to increased job satisfaction and loyalty, as employees appreciate the supportive workplace culture. Additionally, better financial health often translates into more focused and productive employees, reducing absenteeism and improving overall workplace morale. In essence, these programs equip employees with the tools and confidence needed for long-term financial security and wellbeing.

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There are several notable statistics regarding employee financial wellness programs that highlight their impact and importance:

  1. Employee Stress and Financial Concerns: According to PwC's 2023 Employee Financial Wellness Survey, 60% of full-time employees are stressed about their finances, which is even higher than during the peak of the pandemic. This stress extends to employees earning over $100,000 per year, with nearly half (47%) expressing financial stress.

  2. Employee Engagement with Wellness Programs: A significant 70% of employees enrolled in wellness programs reported higher job satisfaction compared to those not enrolled, according to a 2019 study by Aflac. Moreover, 56% of employees experienced fewer sick days due to wellness programs, as reported in 2018 by EBN.

  3. Impact on Mental Health: The Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) in 2023 found that 85% of companies observed their financial wellbeing initiatives had a significant impact on employees’ mental, emotional, and social wellbeing. Additionally, financial wellness programs have been linked to better mental health, lower stress, and better physical health among users, as per a 2019 report by Prudential.

  4. Employer Perspective: The EBRI survey also noted that most benefits decision-makers are optimistic about increasing their company’s budget for these benefits. The top factors in measuring the success of these initiatives were increased employee productivity and overall worker satisfaction.

  5. Effectiveness of Programs: Approximately 90% of employers believe financial wellness programs are effective in improving employee productivity, overall financial well-being of staff, attraction and retention of workers, employee satisfaction, and in reducing absenteeism and medical and mental health claims, according to EBRI's 2022 report.

These statistics collectively underscore the significant role of financial wellness programs in enhancing employee satisfaction, reducing stress, and contributing to overall mental and physical well-being, which in turn benefits employers through increased productivity and employee engagement.

Why an Employee Financial Wellness program is a must-have employee benefit?

Employee Financial Wellness is a must-have employee benefit is its significant impact on reducing employee stress, which in turn improves overall job performance and satisfaction. Financial stress is a common concern among employees, affecting their mental health, focus, and productivity at work. By providing financial wellness benefits, employers can help alleviate this stress, leading to a more engaged, motivated, and productive workforce.

This not only enhances the well-being of the employees but also contributes to the success and efficiency of the organization. The positive correlation between financial wellness programs and reduced employee stress, improved mental health, and enhanced job performance has been substantiated by various studies, including those by PwC and the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI)​.

Employee Financial Wellness in Ireland

Several Irish companies have implemented employee financial wellness programs to enhance the well-being of their workforce. For instance, Employee Financial Wellness has worked with a variety of companies in both the private and public sectors to provide financial education programs. Their approach focuses on understanding the financial literacy levels and needs of an organization's workforce, offering tailored financial education, and engaging communication strategies. They have partnered with companies like Sisk, LinkedIn, and Alexion to deliver these programs.

Alexion, a biopharmaceutical company, praised the flexible and bespoke options provided by the program, which included one-on-one clinics, webinars, and podcasts catering to employees at different stages of their financial journey.


Author - Christine Sutton (Head of HR, Nathan Trust)

Christine (she/her) is an expert people professional with a wealth of experience across multiple sectors. She holds a BSc Hons in Applied Psychology, a Masters in Organisational Psychology is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, and is currently undertaking a Professional Doctorate in Organisational Psychology at Birkbeck, University of London. She spent several years in the financial services sector in Ireland supporting senior leadership across several jurisdictions working on local and global initiatives.

Christine works with clients across the UK, Ireland, and Isle of Man and has built up a strong consultancy business working with organisations to champion a people-first agenda. Christine is accredited in several psychometric tools for use in personal, team and leadership coaching and development as well as recruitment and selection processes.