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Financial Literacy – The Importance of it in the Workplace

Whether you are an investor or not, financial literacy is something that should concern all. However, if you are an employer, then you should gain a greater understanding of the financial literacy of employees.

The reason for this is down to the fact that employees who are financially insecure or unstable are likely to be the source of low productivity. Along with this, they will also become less efficient in the workplace.

All businesses have the power to help their employers make better financial decisions. So, it is imperative that you, as a business owner, should look to offer this through obtaining financial and wealth management advice. When you take on this responsibility, you can help your workforce to face financial challenges. This will then ensure that they work at their full potential.

The Employees Perspective

Many working professionals have no idea how to use their regular income. It is common to see people struggling with their finances and now, many people live on a hand-to-mouth basis and rely on their pay each month. Therefore, they are not armed with the right financial know-how that can help them with savings or investments, helping their money to work harder for them.

What’s more, many are not even aware that their employers offer financial benefits. So, if they are given the correct financial education in the workplace, it means that they will be able to manage their money better. This is vital as it happens at the place where their money comes from. Through using employer benefits, they can then integrate them into their financial plans and make themselves more financially aware and stable.

The Employers Perspective

As an employer, you should play an active role in the finances of your employees. If you do this, then you will benefit from more than a workforce that is free of financial worry. In workplaces where financial literacy is used, it leads to a happier workforce and once that is more likely to work productively. Through reducing stress levels, you can reduce illness and sick leave. What is also important is that financial literacy will also make people aware of their retirement and how to plan for it.

So, now is the time to think about financial literacy as part of your business. Make it a part of your company culture and give your employees something to work with because managing finances is now more important than ever before.

Lewis Samuel / CI-ASSOCIATES

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