Finances can be a very personal thing to just about everyone. After all, it’s only natural to fiercely safeguard your finances and all the information surrounding it all. People rarely talk about things like earnings and debts unless they’re with an exceptionally trusted party. Others don’t confide in anyone at all.
That said, your business can operate as that ‘exceptionally trusted party’ most people would crave when times get tough. When your employee’s overall financial wellbeing is improved, so too is that of your business!
Consequently, here’s how savings can impact your employee’s financial wellbeing.
Funding Contingency Plans
Savings impact employee financial wellbeing by funding contingency plans. This means that if your workers start to rack up debts and other payment obligations, they should have money set aside to fix or at least partially resolve those concerns. It ultimately means they have options on a way forward, providing them with a level of reassurance and consensus around their money.
Without savings, employees can start to panic and, perhaps more relevant to you as an employer, be distracted on the job or take numerous sick days to deal with their issues. As professional and strong as some people seem, personal life problems will always bleed into the workspace and affect things like attendance, performance and productivity. Consequently, you should always take your employees savings seriously; whether it’s because you care for them as people (and you should) or simply want everyone to always stay on task.
Workplace benefits can help contribute to your employees’ savings efforts. For example, if you’re running a lucrative retail venture, you could provide employee discounts on all your goods. Workers will subsequently save money in the long run by shopping with you, and you may also attract more business here by implementing these kinds of schemes as more people, even if they’re discounted employees, will use your products and services.
These kinds of schemes can also reduce employee turnover and help keep staff loyal to the business. Overtime, you’ll be building a robust relationship with your workers through these kinds of extra incentives, and eventually you’ll be promoting a healthier atmosphere; both in terms of finances and mental health.
Promote Saving Culture
Many businesses don’t like getting involved with their workers personal affairs. However, it’s an indisputable fact that most employees spend an extortionate amount of time together, so without sounding too cheesy, it’s important that everyone is there for each other. This is especially true when it comes to boss-worker relations and the efficiency of the HR department.
As an employer, you should always try to encourage positive attitude in the workplace. This can include promoting saving culture in the workplace too! When workers feel that their financial struggles are being addressed by the company they work for, they may just feel more educated and cared for. This is especially true for younger employees who’re entering the workforce, and independently managing money, for the first time.
This needn’t take the form of personal one-on-one meetings to discuss matters in detail, though it can if that’s your preference. You could also recommend or utilise valuable resources online, including benefits for employees to browse, or encourage them to speak to HR in the event of money concerns. Ultimately, promoting a helpful saving culture is infinitely more productive than doing nothing.