3 reasons financial wellness is important to employees in a post-COVID workforce. After COVID-19 highlighted the financial vulnerabilities of millions of employees, financial wellness is expected to be a big component of Post-COVID HR Strategies.
With vaccine rollouts progressing across the country, Americans are increasingly optimistic about a return to normal life. But even as the physical effects of the virus diminish, financial recovery is complicated.
The pandemic illuminated significant vulnerabilities for Americans working across all industries. In fact, 63% of workers claim their financial stress has increased since the start of the pandemic, according to PwC’s 2021 Employee Financial Wellness Survey. So, when it comes to rethinking benefits in a post-COVID world, Employees need more than a 401(k) and desk back at the office. They need comprehensive and long-term financial wellness solutions to help regain their footing after multiple years of financial uncertainty.
These are the three major reasons that financial wellness is important to employees in a post-COVID workforce:
1. Your employees need help rebuilding their savings post-COVID.
For many, digging into savings has been the only way to make it through the pandemic. In September 2020, CNBC reported that 14% of Americans had wiped out their emergency savings. Prudential Financial’s November 2020 report claimed the number of workers who have reduced or exhausted their emergency savings was up to 1 in 4 employees. It’s hard to know how to manage savings especially when we’re living through one very long and nightmarish emergency. According to the Prudential Financial report, 65% and 72% of respondents stated that lack of emergency and retirement savings respectively were the largest barriers to financial security. It’s absolutely critical for employees to feel supported by their companies on the quest towards financial security.
2. There’s an undeniable connection between mental health and money.
COVID-19 took a toll on the collective mental health of most (if not all) employees. As workers continue to perform remotely and the lines between work and life blurr, employers are increasingly aware of their responsibility to support the mental health of their employees. That’s part of what employee benefits are all about. Improving the financial wellbeing of your employees helps significantly reduce stress.
3. Your employees need resources that address their individual needs.
Understanding the never-ending array of financial terms and fiscal expectations can be daunting and stressful. The government has provided various support since COVID-19 began but it isn’t always easy to sort through it. Employees could benefit greatly from a one-stop shop to help them work through their individual financial needs.
That’s where Best Money Moves can help.
Best Money Moves is a human-centered and individualized approach to financial wellbeing. The comprehensive and user friendly platform provides a plethora of financial resources and educational tools. The library of resources contains over 700 articles, videos, and calculators. Each Best Money Moves user has their personal feed tailored to the several distinct factors that monitor their personal stress. This means your employee can use Best Money Moves to educate themselves on anything from investing in the stock market to co-signing loans to buying their first home.
Employee information is always private but employers do have access to key analytics that show overall employee financial stress and stress levels over time. The Employer Dashboard also features information on program usage, debt and savings levels and more so employers can see just how valuable Best Money Moves is to their employees.
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