HR Works Podcast

HR Works: Financial Instability Requires More than Words from Employers


The pandemic has put a lot of strain on everyday Americans in a host of ways, from job losses and riskier work for the same or reduced pay to financial hardship. Today’s guest believes that employers have a duty to be courageous about financial inclusion and to do whatever they can to help employees manage their money, credit, and debt as part of their voluntary benefits packages. She suggests that employers need more than thought leadership; they need action leadership.

We are pleased to have with us today Anita Ward, Chief Development Officer at Salary Finance, a global provider of financial education and salary-linked savings and loans for employees.

Anita Ward is a Cultural Anthropologist whose career has been dedicated to culture, behavior, and the growth and transformation of organizations. Anita has led growth, development, and technology in organizations that include Chase, American General, Safelite Autoglass, Occidental Petroleum, and the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. Before recently joining Salary Finance, she was President of Operation HOPE, a non-profit that she streamlined and expanded.

If you enjoyed this episode, please consider joining us on September 30th at an event called HR Now, which features a roundtable hosted by Anita called “Why Financial Inclusion Belongs on Your D&I Agenda.” Learn more or register here.