Poll Identifies Need for Employee Financial Education

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Right Vision News
August 28, 2010

In a recent survey conducted by the Personal Finance Employee Education Foundation with the support of the Employee Benefits News, 91% of respondents cited employee financial literacy as being extremely important or important in reducing the vulnerability of the American economy to major economic crises. Given the recession employers were asked whether they noticed an increase in garnishments - 51% said yes; emergency loans - 42% said yes; and 34% have seen an increase in requests for more time off to handle financial issues.

In addition to these results, 70% thought that the employer provision of basic workplace financial education is important or extremely important to the overall level of productivity in their organization and a majority (53%) thought employers who pass benefit costs on to their employees have a responsibility to provide ongoing financial education to help them make appropriate financial decisions.

While 88% of the respondents provide the required investment/retirement education associated with retirement plans, only 28% provide basic workplace financial education, defined as including budgeting, debt reduction and credit management. Several barriers were cited for providing basic workplace financial education. The cost is too high for 49%; 58% said employees would sacrifice work time to attend; and 71% noted that there were too many higher priority competing items. An even 50% weren't sure they could get upper management to buy into the provision of workplace financial education.

"The value of employee financial education is clear," said Judith Cohart, President & CEO of the Personal Finance Employee Education Foundation. "The challenge is to overcome the barriers that prevent employers from providing this benefit to their employees."

In September 2011, there will be a pre-conference as part of the Employee Benefits News Conference to discuss employer/employee issues related to financial educatio Published by HT Syndication with permission from Right Vision News. For any query with respect to this article or any other content requirement, please contact Editor at htsyndication@hindustantimes.com

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