The world has felt scary and weird lately, hasn’t it? It’s easy to worry about the possibility of you or a loved one getting sick, having to pause your debt-crushing goals, losing your job, or being affected by the economy crashing. We get it—feeling afraid in times of uncertainty is totally normal. But the good news is you don’t have to live in fear. Ramsey Personality Dr. John Delony says, “When you’re in a crisis, facts are your friends.” And when you know the facts and focus on what you can control, you can face the future with confidence—no matter what happens.
Communicating these truths to your team members can be especially difficult in a time like this. So to help, we’d like to share this video with you: A Message of Hope for Business Owners and HR Professionals. You can bring hope to your team by reminding them that they don't have to live in fear.
3 Ways to Give Hope to Your Team Right Now
1. Remind Them of the Facts
Even in uncertain times, there are things your team members can control about their money and their jobs. So, encourage them to take a deep breath, try not to panic, and remember to focus on the things they can control. Remind them that even in the midst of all this craziness, they can still spread hope by showing kindness and generosity to others.
2. Encourage Them to Set Up an Emergency Fund
Right now, more than ever, your team members need to be saving money. More specifically, they need to quickly build up an emergency fund if they don’t already have one. You have the opportunity to be the spark they need to get started. You can help them take the right first step during this unpredictable time. Selling things and picking up extra work are great ways to build up an emergency fund fast—whether it’s a $1,000 starter emergency fund or enough to cover three to six months of expenses. Having that cushion will help your team members both be prepared and feel prepared for whatever life might throw at them.
3. Give Them Free Access to SmartDollar and Other Resources
This is the perfect time to add a financial wellness benefit to your employee benefits package. Why? It’s pretty clear: Your team members need all the tools they can get their hands on right now to get through this crisis. So here’s some good news—SmartDollar is offering all kinds of free resources! We’ve got a free trial for companies who haven’t had to lay off or furlough anyone. And if you have been forced to lay off or furlough workers, get this—we’re giving SmartDollar away for free! What? Yes! Through the end of the year, SmartDollar is freely available to any laid-off or furloughed employees. You can be your team’s secret weapon and offer them the right resources to help them get through this.
If You’ve Had to Lay Off or Furlough Workers
For a lot of companies and industries, the current economic landscape is a worst-case scenario. We get that. That’s why at SmartDollar, our mission is to offer real hope to help companies and their employees—whether the world is in a global pandemic or not. And that’s also why we want to offer you the chance to be the hero your laid-off and furloughed employees need right now. We want to give them free access to SmartDollar through the end of 2020. No strings attached. Seriously.
All you need to do is go to www.smartdollar.com/hope to get started.
Together, we can get through this!