Half British workers stressed over money at Christmas

New research has found that a whopping 53 per cent of people are stressed about finances over Christmas*.

To tackle these Christmas costs, 40 per cent of British workers use money from their savings, 32 per cent use credit cards to cover the costs, 21 per cent have had to use money from their overdrafts, and 10 per cent rely on borrowing money from parents.

The study, which surveyed 1,196 British workers, found that British workers collectively overspend an average of £5.95 billion during the festive period. It took workers an average of almost three months to pay off this spending. Despite this financial burden, only 16 per cent of those surveyed receive financial support from their employers.

The impact could be detrimental to companies, with 53 per cent of employees admitting that financial worries distract them from their daily activities over the festive season, while over a third said they find it harder to be motivated over Christmas.

The demand for financial wellbeing solutions is apparent. Over half of British workers highlighted that they would use savings on everyday purchases such as groceries and daily travel, 31per cent would use gym and exercise savings and 28 per cent would use free financing on high price products such as white goods, if it was available to them from their employer.

Rob Boland, Group Director of Product & Client Success at Reward Gateway comments,

It’s no surprise that financial worries are a prominent distraction at work, but what is a surprise is how few companies offer financial wellbeing support to their employees. There are simple, cost-effective ways to help your employees with their financial wellbeing from getting an advisor in for the day for one-to-one sessions, to offering salary deduction and salary sacrifice schemes to allow workers to spread out the costs of expensive items such as white goods or travel.

• By global employee engagement company Reward Gateway. The research in December 2018

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