Financial Wellness or Cash Flow Band-Aid?

June 26, 2023


This white paper explores the impact upon the overall financial wellness of workers when using various financial point solution benefit programs such as earned and early wage access (EWA), buy-now-pay-later (BNPL), and small dollar employer loan programs. It also explores the pros and cons of point solutions and potential positive or negative effects on employees’ overall financial well-being. Analysis and discussion include whether point solutions provide a meaningful “financial wellness” benefit as often touted, or if these limited benefits are more of a short-term fix approach to serious financial challenges faced by workers: pervasive consumer debt, low wages, and cashflow mismanagement. The paper concludes with a comparison of point solution outcomes versus a holistic financial coaching and wellness approach.

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