In this week’s Best Money Moves roundup, we take a look at news stories and new research studies that may impact employee benefits and HR issues. We hope you find this news roundup helpful, and we’d love your feedback.

Financial stress in the workplace is real.

Employees spend an average of 12 hours per month stressed out about personal finances at work. This translates into billions of dollars in lost productivity annually. Lost time  at work isn’t the only way that your employees’ financial stress can negatively impact your company.  Financial stress can weigh so heavily on an individual, it can cause emotional strain, lost sleep and even significant health problems. A 2017 survey shows that two thirds of Americans are losing sleep at night due to anxiety over their money worries – everything from health insurance concerns, confusion and stress related to retirement savings, heavy educational expenses and the struggle to cover rent and mortgage payments.

Employees who are spending significant amounts of time worried about their financial stress at work are also losing sleep over these same stressors at home. This can quickly turn an effective team member into an ineffective financial strain for your company. But, there is good news. Nearly 50 percent of the Millennial population wants their employer to provide access to financial wellness tools in order to create a financial wellness strategy to help downsize their financial stress levels.  Given that by 2020, 50 percent of the workforce will be Millennials, it’s a real need.

The loss of a good night’s sleep and productivity in the workplace have the same source. The culprit? Personal financial stress. But, there’s an easy way to resolve these symptoms and it starts with you, the employer.

Financial stress is affecting your employees’ health.  Here’s what you can do about it.

48 percent of job seekers say that a “debt reduction” benefit would convince them to work for you. The value of specific employee benefits varies from employee to employee but these 5 offerings are requested by job seekers and workers alike – across different industries, locations and age groups. Employee benefits: What you should be offering.

Tax Reform is changing the taxability of your employee’s perks. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which limits tax deductions businesses claim for employee benefits, is likely to cause employers to revisit their offerings. From family leave to commuting benefits, retirement contributions to bonuses, employee benefits and your company’s taxes are about to change drastically.

Do your employees request certain benefits and then not use them? You aren’t alone. Studies show that employees miss the mark when it comes to knowing what benefits they have and lack understanding on how to use them. Make sure your employees aren’t missing out on their provided benefits – and know what you should do, if they are.  5 reasons employees ignore their benefits.

Does your company offer Financial Wellness benefits? Studies show that your employees wish you did. EBN’s research tells us that the main reason employers aren’t providing financial wellness is simply not knowing where to begin. We don’t think that’s a good enough reason. Financial wellness benefits everyone. See how you can gain the competitive edge with your employees.

Currently engaged in branding your company? Personal branding is like any form of marketing and requires knowledge about yourself as well as your audience. Successful branding will position your company as a credible industry expert and thought leader. Your branding to-do list, here.

What happens when HR is outsourced… to a robot?  Amber is an AI (Artificial Intelligence) chatbot and it’s taking the office place by storm. In just 1 year, 37 companies have implemented this AI to take care of their “people management,” keeping tabs on employee issues, without using actual people – or  employees – to do so. Can this AI technology save billions in “people problems?”

People leave managers, not companies. You’ve heard it before: 50 percent of employees have quit otherwise reasonably satisfying jobs in order to get away from their manager. Actions of a poor manager can negate millions of dollars spent on employee wellness and benefits packages. Here’s what you should know about the No. 1 employee benefit that you don’t even know about.

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