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​Two thirds of UK workers have experienced stress as a result of their personal finances in 2020.

Hastee’s Workplace Wellbeing Study found this stress was impacting many areas of workers' lives, yet just one in five (18%) workplaces offer financial wellbeing initiatives.

Respondents to the study said personal finance impacted sleep (28%), relationships with partners (15%), health (14%), concentration at work (13%), and even their ability to pay for their commute (12%).

Seven per cent admitted to calling in sick due to financial stress.

This is leading to 59% of workers relying on high-cost credit, which is often difficult to repay due to high interest rates.

Younger workers were more likely to regularly use this credit, with over half (58%) of 18 to 24-year-olds having turned to high-cost credit once every three months or more and 38% using it every month.

This contrasts with just 12% of those aged 55 to 64 using high-interest credit.

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, 66% of workers said their spending habits had changed.

Fifty-nine per cent of respondents said they would now like to access their wages early as they believe it would stop them resorting to using high-interest credit loans.

James Herbert, Hastee CEO and founder, said HR needs to be more mindful of the unexpected challenges and outgoing employees may have to face as a result of the pandemic.

He said: “Conventional approaches to wellbeing and pay do not provide the support and flexibility required to meet challenges, leaving many workers with no option but to resort to undesirable measures that often only exacerbate the existing problem.

"This shouldn’t be the case, particularly when many have already earned the money within the month to avoid doing so.”

The survey also found more workers were being attracted to job roles which allowed them to alter their pay frequency to fit in with their lifestyles.

Eighty-one per cent of respondents said they took pay frequency into consideration when looking for a new job, with 52% more likely to stay with an employer offering these benefits. This increased to 75% of 18 to 24-year-olds.

Ninety-six per cent of UK employers believe that some of their workers are experiencing persistent money worries, according to a Howden research survey conducted prior to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Further reading:

National Payroll Week: what HR should know

In-work poverty: all work and no pay

Employers reconsider financial wellbeing for employees post-coronavirus

Is it time to change employee benefits?

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