Financial stress impacts employees’ health & performance
Dealing with financial stress like inflation and the rising cost of goods has a direct impact on employees’ overall well-being:
- 47% say it negatively impacts their mental health, an 11% increase from SoFi at Work’s previous report
- 37% say it hinders their motivation
- 36% say it impacts their physical health and nearly 30% have delayed medical care because of the cost.
Financial well-being benefits boost retention
Companies that offer financial well-being benefits can substantially reduce the impact of financial stress for employees by as much as 10-13%, and 3 out of 4 employees say these benefits make them more likely to stay with their employer.
Employees want support paying off student loan debt
The SECURE 2.0 Act gives employers an opportunity to help employees navigate immediate financial goals and long-term security through student loan payment 401(k) matching and pre-tax emergency savings accounts that roll over to a retirement plan. 40% of HR leaders plan to start offering these benefits in 2024, which will be a major differentiator in attracting and retaining critical talent as 9 out of 10 employees:
- Want programs that help them reach their financial goals while paying off student debt.
- Would be more likely to stay with their employer long-term if they matched student loan payments with retirement contributions.
Employees are struggling with liquidity
Emergency savings funds are now a top priority for 47% of employees, a notable 20% increase from 2022, and 40% want to make progress paying off credit card debt. With 1 in 5 employees having borrowed or withdrawn from retirement savings last year, retirement matching is now among the most enticing employee benefits.
Closing communication gaps is essential
70% of HR leaders say their company offers financial well-being benefits but only 48% of employees say they do, pointing to a need for more employee knowledge about programs already available. One reason could be communication infrequency: 76% of HR leaders claim to communicate about benefits at least quarterly or monthly, but only 2/3 of employees say they’ve received information about benefits in the last six months.
“Making employees feel supported during these challenging times doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, and in fact, it may cost your company less in the long run,” Bourgeois said. “It’s important that companies keep pace with employees’ changing needs by offering financial well-being benefits that meet them where they are today and help them feel more secure down the road.”
SoFi at Work’s The Future of Workplace Financial Well-Being: 2024 Employer & Employee Perspectives was conducted by CITE Research, which polled 1,500 HR leaders and employees ages 18-70 between September 28 and October 13, 2023.
To read the full report, visit https://www2.sofiatwork.com/2024FutureofWorkplaceFinancialWellbeing.
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