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Financial wellness services are in demand, and employees are looking to their employers for assistance. According to Alegeus, a consumer-directed healthcare company, 69% of workers say their employer doesn’t offer any financial well-being support or benefits. Additionally, 57% said they would like these benefits in the future, and 62% said it’s an employers’ responsibility to provide them.
So if you’re running into financial hardships or just want to become more financially educated, it’s important to find out if your employer offers any financial wellness programs.
Select investigated to start if you’re interested in participating in your employer’s financial wellness programs.
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How to find out what financial services are offered by your employer
In July, PayPal CEO Dan Schulman and Chipotle CEO Brian Niccol appeared on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” and spoke about investing in their employees’ financial wellbeing, or lack thereof.
“When we did a survey of our employees, almost half of them were struggling to make ends meet,” Schulman said. This mirrors many Americans’ financial position, as only 39% of Americans can afford a $1,000 emergency expense.
With this grim reality at hand, both companies, along with Chobani, Even, Prudential Financial and Verizon formed the Workers Financial Wellness Initiative. This initiative highlights a commitment to making employee financial wellness a top priority.
While some companies are trying to be more proactive about communicating what benefits they offer, it still may be difficult to find what’s available through your job. So, if you’re searching for financial resources from your employer, where should you get started?
Start by speaking with your human resources department
Your company’s human resources department will be able to direct you to any potential resources they have, including an EAP (employee assistance program), which offers a wide array of legal, financial and health services, or another similar program offering financial planning assistance. Make sure to ask if the benefit is complimentary or if there are any fees to use it.
For example, at NBCUniversal (Select’s parent company), there’s a free benefit for all employees to speak with financial advisors from Ayco, the personal financial management arm of Goldman Sachs. Ayco’s purpose is to partner with employers to deliver financial wellness coaching to employees, including help navigating retirement, tax planning, budgeting, creating an emergency fund, purchasing a home and more.
It can seem intimidating to meet with a financial advisor, but think of it as going to the doctor. You’re simply going for a checkup and will be directed towards solutions for any issues you may be facing. And regardless of if you’re a personal finance expert or someone who is starting from square one, everyone can benefit from a financial checkup.
Additionally, you may want to check your company’s employee portal. You’ll likely find a …….