Health & Financial Wellness Articles

More employees than ever before are looking for employers who take their financial wellness and health into account. How can you help your employees stay healthy and manage their financial futures?


Small employers historically have faced a big retirement challenge: Though most want to offer retirement benefits to their employees, they’re discouraged by the cost and complexity of running their own plans. But there may be relief on the horizon: The Department of Labor last month released a proposed regulation that would allow small businesses to band together to offer employees defined contribution plans.

Cisco is getting a lot more family-friendly in 2019. The tech giant is rolling out egg storage reimbursement, surrogacy reimbursement and genetic testing benefits for its 38,000 U.S. employees — following the lead of other employers that are ramping up family-oriented perks to attract and retain talent.

Transamerica announced today the availability of "Impact of Employee Health on Business Success," a research paper that provides analysis and recommendations for creating effective workplace wellness programs. The white paper alerts employers to risk factors and mitigation of chronic health conditions.

Financial Wellness is Everywhere. Now What?

The conversation around financial wellness isn’t new, but it’s definitely ramping up. According to a recent survey by Prudential, the percentage of employers offering financial wellness programs rose to 83%, up from just 20% in the survey two years ago.

It seems pretty obvious that health and financial wellness benefits ought to be very popular and should enjoy high levels of employee engagement. Some are popular and do enjoy high levels of engagement, but many don't. To figure out what doesn't work is easiest if we ask which benefits get the most engagement and work backwards from there.

Our daily roundup of retirement news your clients may be thinking about.

Life is complicated enough. The number of investment choices in a typical 401(k) plan – about 25, according to a recent report from the Investment Company Institute – is proof.

This is How Much Money Employees Need to Retire

How much are employees targeting to save for their retirement? There is no lack of suggested targets for the amount Americans need to retire — as we can see below — but what is the right amount for employees and clients to save, taking into account their unique circumstances?

With employee wellness high on employers’ to-do lists as the look to not only cut health care expenses but improve productivity and recruit and retain top talent.

These companies offer great benefits to part-time employees.

The longer people live, the more likely they are to face illnesses that necessitate custodial care either at home, in an assisted-living facility, or in a nursing home. So it stands to reason that there’s a resurgence of interest in long-term care and long-term disability insurance.

The American worker is stressed out about work, finances and debt like never before, according to a new Fidelity Investments survey.

Americans are worried, some more than others. The source of worry? Money. And as we are reminded in the lyrics to a song from Cabaret, “Money makes the world go ‘round.” It does. Money buys more than things, it buys choices. And there’s an unhappy percentage of Americans that correctly perceive they have no choices at all. This is why Human Resources departments and companies need to provide health and financial wellness options for employees.

How Many Top 10 Mutual Funds are in Your 401(k) Plan?

Do you ever wonder if the investment funds in your 401(k) plan are some of the very best? If employees are doing their part and saving as much as they can, shouldn't they have access to above average investment funds to grow your savings as much as possible?

Financial Wellness Engagement Remains Low

There is no doubt, employers and employees both say financial wellness programs are proving successful in engaging workers and providing ROI, however, a disconnect on what matters most in fiscal health could create a few hiccups in crafting a winning strategy.

From credit card debt to saving for retirement and paying for children’s education expenses, stress over finances is taking a major toll on employees — and it’s also taking a major toll on the workplace as a result.

The convergence of health and wealth isn’t just a megatrend; it’s also an opportunity for employee benefit professionals to engage workforces in better benefits decision-making.

HealthyCapital, a joint venture between HealthView Services and Mercy Health System, wants employers and employees to recognize that controlling health care costs can lead to bigger retirement savings.

“Learning is the only thing a mind never exhausts, never fears, and never regrets.” Leonardo da Vinci

'Massage therapists, dentists and mammographers' have all been part of this contributor's company's well-being plan. Sound good?

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