Over half of employees feel embarrassed about their financial literacy, survey reveals 

Over half of employees feel embarrassed about their financial literacy, survey reveals 

More than half of UK employees (51%) are embarrassed about their level of financial literacy, according to a new survey by leading employee benefits and engagement partner, Pluxee UK. 

In the midst of rising living costs, the current UK workplace has overlooked the crucial necessity of providing employees with essential financial education. Consequently, workers grapple with financial challenges, impacting both their health and accumulating debt. 

The research finds that only 46% of HR professionals actively promote a culture of financial openness, with a mere 16% of employees actually feeling this support at work. This significant gap underscores the challenge in creating supportive workplace environments for financial discussions, with nearly half (48%) of surveyed employees stating that their employer does not offer any financial wellbeing support. 

This lack of financial support, coupled with the stigma surrounding money issues, hinders employees from seeking help. To cultivate a supportive workplace, businesses must not only bridge this gap but also address the discomfort associated with discussing financial challenges. 

The impact of this financial unease is reflected in the anxiety experienced by the UK workforce, with three-quarters (75%) worrying about money at least monthly or more often, and over a quarter (26%) dealing with daily concerns. The survey also reveals a reliance on friends/family (43%) and search engines (29%) for financial education, while only 12% turn to their employers for advice. 

Recognising the need for change, HR professionals acknowledge their role in supporting employees. Three-quarters (75%) believe they need to do more to enhance financial wellbeing, with 84% stating that the current cost of living crisis has heightened the importance of supporting their workforce’s financial wellbeing. 

This acknowledgement stems from increased demand, as 68% of HR professionals report a surge in requests for financial education or support initiatives in the past year. On average, almost a fifth (19%) of their current workforce proactively approached them seeking financial wellbeing support. Overall, it’s clear that current support is not enough to meet the demand.  

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