Did you know that financial stress impacts health, quality of life and productivity in the workplace? Lou Ressler, of Associated Financial Group, a financial services firm, speaking at a recent NationaLease meeting cited statistics from an ORC International survey which showed that financial stress costs U.S. businesses $300 billion annually. That equals a $1,685 annual productivity loss per employee due to employee health problems.
Ressler used the term “presenteesim,” which means lost productivity by workers whose quality of work suffers due to illness or stress. In fact, he says this loss costs employers two to three times more than direct medical care in the form of insurance premiums or employee claims.
He cited additional statistics that said that employees with high levels of stress have 46% higher health care costs than employees with lower stress levels. Even more interesting is the fact that lack of education about financial matters relates to an increase in stress. When it comes to financial education, employees at organizations that did not offer financial education had stress levels 10% higher than those that were educated about finances.
If you are not currently offering your employees financial wellness education, you might want to consider adding it to your training plans. Employees indicated that they want a financial wellness program that covers everything from debt management, investments, college planning, and home buying to trusts/will, life insurance, and retirement.