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As an employer, it’s important to recognise that the financial wellness of your employees is directly linked to their overall well-being and job satisfaction. When employees feel financially secure, they are more likely to be productive, engaged and committed to their work.

One way to ensure that your employees are financially secure is to conduct a financial wellness survey. This type of survey can help you identify areas where your employees may be struggling financially, such as managing debt, saving for retirement or affording healthcare costs. By using the results of the survey to develop and refine your employee benefits programs, you can help your employees improve their financial well-being and reduce financial stress.

Here are some steps to follow when conducting a financial wellness survey:

Step 1: Define the objectives of the survey

Before conducting a survey, it’s important to define the objectives of the survey. What specific financial concerns do you want to address? Do you want to assess employee knowledge and understanding of financial planning, or gauge their interest in specific financial benefits?

Step 2: Determine the survey format and questions

There are many different survey formats to choose from, including online surveys, paper surveys or focus groups. Consider the most appropriate format for your employees, taking into account their preferences and accessibility. When designing the survey, be sure to include questions that address the objectives you identified in step 1. You can ask questions about employee savings habits, debt levels, retirement planning, healthcare costs and other financial concerns. You may also want to include questions about employee satisfaction with current benefits and interest in additional benefits.

Step 3: Analyse the survey results

Once you have collected the survey responses, it’s time to analyse the results. Look for patterns or trends in the data, and identify areas where your employees may need additional support or education. Consider the feedback and comments provided by employees, as these can provide valuable insights into their financial concerns.

Step 4: Develop or refine employee benefits programs

Based on the survey results, develop or refine your employee benefits programs to address the financial concerns identified by your employees.

Some specific benefits that can help address common financial concerns include:

  • Retirement plans: Offer a retirement plan with matching contributions or other incentives to encourage employees to save for retirement.
  • Tuition reimbursement: Provide financial assistance for employees who want to pursue further education or training to improve their career prospects.
  • Financial counselling: Offer financial counselling or education programs to help employees improve their financial literacy and manage debt.
  • Flexible spending accounts: Allow employees to set aside pre-tax funds for healthcare costs or dependent care expenses.
  • Wellness incentives: Provide incentives for employees who participate in wellness activities, such as exercise or smoking cessation programs.
  • Earned wage access (EWA): Allow employees to access a portion of their earned wages before their regular payday, providing them with greater financial flexibility and helping to reduce financial stress.


By using the results of a financial wellness survey to inform your employee benefits programs, you can help your employees improve their financial well-being and reduce financial stress. This, in turn, can lead to a more engaged, productive and satisfied workforce.