Financial insecurity causes a lot of stress. When employees are worried about providing for themselves, their families, and their futures, it’s hard for them to focus on anything else — including their work.
Roughly 40% of American adults don’t have enough cash savings to pay for an unexpected $400 expense. When living paycheck to paycheck due to low pay, high cost of living, or crippling debt, an emergency or accident can completely derail an employee’s life.
That’s why financial well being should be part of every corporate wellness program.
We recently conducted a study on the various facets of employee wellness. Our findings offer some insights into how employees feel about their finances, and how you can help them.
Many aspects of an employee’s finances can impact their financial well being. We asked employees four questions that tap into a few of these areas. Below are their responses.
All these results highlight the need for financial well being in corporate wellness programs.
A well-known difference between male and female employees is the gender pay gap. In 2018, women earned 85% of what men earned. In the graph below, we broke out the previous four questions by gender.
Male employees are more favorable than female employees toward all four financial wellness items. The percent difference between perceptions of fair pay is close to the gender pay gap noted earlier.
Whereas women earn 85% of what men earn, women have about 88% the favorability toward fair pay that men have. Overall, male employees are financially healthier than female employees.
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