Higher Pay Isn’t Everything
Survey Finds Less Stressed Employees Have This in Common
A Survey of Financial Wellness Among U.S. Workers Who Use YNAB for Money Management
Employees who maintained a spending plan in YNAB experienced significantly lower levels of stress and distraction at work during the pandemic.
U.S. employees who used YNAB during the pandemic experienced financial stress at a lesser rate than PwC’s Employee Financial Wellness Survey respondents.
24% of employees using YNAB reported experiencing increased financial stress during the pandemic compared to 63% of general U.S. workers (PwC, 2021)
Employees who use YNAB are better equipped to handle financial emergencies like sudden medical expenses.
Employees who use YNAB are less likely to experience critical cash situations.
Employees who use YNAB are on track for retirement amidst rising costs and pandemic-related financial stress.
This study showed that 17.5 million U.S. workers who contribute to retirement funds don’t get their employer’s full 401(k) match…simply because they don’t feel they can afford to put more money into their plan. Employees using YNAB were better financially prepared for retirement and were less likely to postpone it.
- 5% of employees using YNAB will likely use money saved in retirement accounts for reasons other than retirement vs. ~49% of general U.S. workers (2021)
- 9% of employees using YNAB plan to postpone retirement due to financial stress vs. 50%+ of general U.S. workers* (2020)
*Among employees who say that their financial worries have had a severe or major negative impact on their productivity at work.
When employees are stressed about their personal finances, they’re more likely to be distracted at work, search for higher pay, work multiple jobs to make ends meet, or seek out organizations that care more about their financial well-being.
What’s more, PwC’s study found over 50% of financially-stressed employees who are distracted by their finances at work spend three hours or more each week dealing with personal money issues during office hours.
With access to a central money management tool as part of a benefits package, both the employee and employer can gain those productive hours back. With money stress off their shoulders, team members are free to do their best work.
Employers who direct their employees to financial wellness resources to help alleviate stress have the potential to reap tangible gains in employee focus and productivity.
About the YNAB Employee Financial Wellness Survey
In March 2022, YNAB conducted an online survey of over 3,000 full-time employed U.S. adults using YNAB to compare with PwC’s 2020, 2021, and 2022 survey data, which tracks the financial well-being of general U.S. workers.
We recognize there are potential differences in the groups compared in this survey report, given that PwC does not disclose the demographic information or income levels of their survey respondents. YNAB’s 2022 survey data was compared to PwC Employee Financial Wellness Survey data from years 2020, 2021, and 2022.