man giving presentation on finances Rather than approaching their workforce with a one-size-fits-all benefits package, employers must take a more thoughtful approach to crafting financial wellness programs that align with employees’ actual needs. (Photo: Getty)

With low unemployment and wages growing nationwide, today’s economy is strong and vibrant. Despite this, the results of PwC’s 8th annual Employee Financial Wellness Survey are less than encouraging. According to the data, the workforce of today is more stressed about their finances than ever before, and workplace financial wellness programs aren’t helping.

Soaring health care costs were top of mind for many respondents. Nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of millennial workers and 70 percent of Gen X workers think health care costs will impact their retirement, and 61 percent of all employees surveyed said they planned on working during retirement or postponing it out of consideration for present or future health care costs. Only four in 10—39 percent—felt confident they would be able to cover medical expenses after retiring.

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