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Financial education at work: embrace ‘rules of thumb’ thinking

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Financial education is often the first step in a financial wellbeing strategy – it’s important, but it is not sufficient to achieve genuine behaviour change and improved financial wellbeing.

‘Rules of thumb’ gives people broad conceptual guidelines rather than specific advice – it’s designed to help them take action in a way that’s positive but also works for them.

It’s been used, for example, to help micro-entrepreneurs in poorer parts of India to get to grips with basic financial good practice – such as paying themselves a fixed salary or putting aside x% of income for retirement.

What kind of rules-of-thumb messaging can be used in the workplace for financial education?

The Money Advice Service highlighted that simple one-liner rules of thumb – such as ‘leave your credit card at home’ – are powerful ways of cutting through complexity that can lead to action paralysis.

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