Financial Wellness Programs: Addressing the Unique Challenges of Hourly and Part-Time Employees

Nov 28 / Peter Waitzman

Financial wellness programs have become increasingly popular among employers in recent years as they recognize the benefits of helping their employees manage their finances. However, many of these programs are designed with full-time, salaried employees in mind, leaving hourly and part-time employees at a disadvantage. In this blog post, we will explore the financial challenges hourly and part-time employees face and the importance of addressing these challenges through financial wellness programs.

Financial challenges faced by hourly and part-time employees 

Hourly and part-time employees often face unique financial challenges that full-time, salaried employees do not. These challenges include 

  1. irregular income 

  2. lack of benefits 

  3.  limited access to financial resources

For example, hourly and part-time employees may not be eligible for employer-sponsored retirement plans, health insurance, or paid time off. Additionally, their income can fluctuate significantly from week to week, making it difficult to budget and save.

5 Components of a financial wellness program 

To address the unique financial challenges faced by hourly and part-time employees, a financial wellness program should include the following components:

1. Financial education and coaching: Providing education and coaching to employees to help them understand basic financial concepts and develop good money habits. Employers can offer workshops, webinars, or individual coaching sessions to help employees stay financially literate. 

2. Budgeting and saving strategies: Employees should learn how to create a budget and save for emergencies and long-term goals. Employers can offer tools and resources to help employees create and stick to a budget. 3. Debt management: Employees should receive guidance on managing and paying off debt, including credit card debt and student loans. Employers can offer resources such as debt management tools or counseling services to help employees manage debt.

 4. Retirement planning: Employees should have access to retirement planning tools and resources, even if they are not eligible for an employer-sponsored retirement plan. Employers can offer financial planning services to help employees plan for their future. 

5. Access to financial resources: Employees should be able to access financial resources, such as low-interest loans or financial counseling services. Employers can partner with financial institutions or offer employee assistance programs to provide access to these resources.

Implementation of a financial wellness program for hourly and part-time employees 

To effectively implement a financial wellness program for hourly and part-time employees, employers should consider the following:

1. Communication and promotion: Employers should communicate the program's benefits and availability to employees in a clear and accessible manner. Employers can use various platforms such as email newsletters, intranet, or posters to promote the program. 

2. Flexible scheduling for education and coaching: Employers should be flexible to allow employees to attend financial education and coaching sessions. Employers can offer online courses or webinars that employees can participate in at their convenience.

 3. Tailored program to meet hourly and part-time employees' unique needs: Employers should tailor the program to meet the specific needs and challenges their hourly and part-time employees face. Employers can conduct surveys or focus groups to identify the unique needs of their employees and develop a program that meets those needs.

Benefits of financial wellness program for hourly and part-time employees 

A financial wellness program can provide numerous benefits for hourly and part-time employees, including:

1. Improved financial stability: Employees with access to financial education and resources are more likely to be financially stable and secure. They are better equipped to manage their finances, make informed financial decisions, and plan for their future. 

2. Increased job satisfaction: Employees who feel financially secure are more likely to be satisfied with their jobs and less likely to experience financial stress. It can lead to increased employee morale and productivity. 

3. Better job performance: Financial stress can negatively impact job performance, so reducing financial stress can improve job performance. Employees not distracted by financial stress can better focus on their jobs and perform at a higher level. 

4. Retention of valuable employees: A financial wellness program can help employers retain helpful employees who might otherwise leave for better financial opportunities. Employees are more likely to stay with an employer who cares about their financial well-being and offers them the resources to achieve it.


In conclusion, a financial wellness program is valuable for addressing the unique financial challenges hourly and part-time employees face. By providing financial education, coaching, and resources, employers can help employees achieve excellent financial stability and security, improving job satisfaction and performance. Employers should implement financial wellness programs tailored to meet the needs of their hourly and part-time employees, as this can result in a more productive and engaged workforce.

Unique Challenges of Hourly and Part-Time Employees