HES gamifies the serious business of employee financial literacy

MIDLAND, Michigan–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, HES, a wellness company specializing in web and mobile employee wellness solutions, announced the launch of the first game-based employee financial literacy program, Just on the money.

The program takes the often daunting topic of financial education and makes it fun. Players immerse themselves in an interactive game on their desktop or mobile device while gaining greater knowledge of personal finance, while gaining confidence in their ability to make smart financial decisions.

“Our to research shows that employees are sometimes afraid of this topic, and many are embarrassed by what they don’t know. So we’ve created a non-threatening way to learn and take action for a healthy financial future,” notes HES CEO and Founder Dean Witherspoon. “There is more anxiety than ever about money matters, making this a great time to gain knowledge and inspire confidence,” he adds.

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In its two parts (Money Round and Double Your Money Round), players earn virtual dollars by creating a personalized game board based on their life stage and priorities. With 18 financial wellness topics – including budgeting, college funding, the role of financial advisors, saving for retirement, and debt reduction – players select the categories most important to them.

Employees of all ages, income levels and backgrounds learn at a pace that suits them, making the game accessible to new hires, laying the foundation for a secure future, thanks to workers approaching retirement.

The gaming experience is enhanced with social components including teams, friends, an interactive message board, and in-app messaging to boost engagement. Witherspoon confirms, “Playing the game with colleagues creates a connection that goes beyond learning; it creates camaraderie.

Managers of human resources, benefits and employee well-being can learn more about Just on the money in a 4-day trial starting Monday, June 20.

About HES

Health improvement systems is the industry leader in immersive workplace wellness campaigns – inspiring employees, members and customers to take action across a wide range of physical, mental, financial and social health behaviors. The company serves corporations, health plans, universities, health systems, and member organizations across North America and around the world with more than 500 implementations each year, directly and through select partners.

Sarah J. Greer