Gallup identifies Financial Wellbeing as one of the 5 Essential Elements of Wellbeing. They identify individuals with thriving financial wellbeing as satisfied with their overall standard of living. In order to get to this place, they discovered these individuals, “manage their personal finances well to create financial security,” ultimately eliminating the daily stressors caused by debt. 

For many employers, democratizing financial support and education is important to their diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) goals. For many underrepresented groups, lessons around finances may not have been discussed at home and by family members. It may also be that an employee from an underrepresented group is a first-generation college graduate, so DEI efforts focused on financial wellbeing have an opportunity to help generate lasting wealth for employees and their families. Additionally, studies have shown that  minorities  and  women are less likely to invest their money in the stock market. By providing education around investing, employers can help close this gap.  

So, how can an employer get started?  Below are a couple of strategies to consider: 


Offer a regular schedule of financial wellbeing workshops covering a range of topics such as, Estate Planning, Understanding Employee Stock Options, Saving for College, Managing Debt, and more. 

Make it clear that you encourage employees to carve time from their workday to attend these workshops. Even better, consider incentivizing attendance.  

Partner with a Third Party

Solutions dedicated to financial planning and advice are available to help deepen your financial wellbeing efforts. These solutions allow employees to seek personalized advice from certified planners without the minimum investment threshold, create financial goals, and explore resources on a number of topics related to financial wellbeing.  

Interested in building out your financial wellbeing strategy? Contact your Sequoia advisor, or connect with them in HRX, to get started.

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Shannon Arens – Shannon is a Wellbeing Consultant at Sequoia. She partners closely with Enterprise clients to assess, develop, and recommend a holistic wellbeing strategy designed to the meet the diverse needs of employees. Outside of work, Shannon enjoys spending time with her two children, going for a run, or relaxing in her backyard.