Paralympian Dylan Alcott agrees. As a young person himself, Dylan says discussing finances with his partner hadn’t crossed their minds until he started working with ANZ.
“We never really communicated about our financial situation. And it was probably something we should have done sooner.”
Dylan sees some of his peers are finding it tough during the current pandemic because they haven’t had these financial discussions with their significant others.
“It's left people in a position whereby they're probably not as set up as they probably wanted to be,” he says. ”Who knows what's going to happen in the future? You don't plan for a pandemic.”
Lex agrees: “If you could just do one thing to improve your financial wellbeing it is having that pot of savings of about three months. That is really difficult in the current environment… but you can see the statistics that show people who did have that small pot of saving [are] feeling much more comfortable now.”
While Lex says she lives and breathes finance every day, most don't and many haven’t been educated about it in school. “And so it's really scary,” she says. “And as a result, you kind of think if you stick your head in the sand, it might go away and it doesn't. So now I think just starting on that journey, one little step about understanding is really important. That particularly goes for women. And they need that nurturing environment to take that step.”
Where to go for help
For ANZ Staff
Please remember you are not alone. ANZ’s Employee Assistance Program is available for support services for ANZ employees and immediate family members. Please visit www.benestar.com or call 1300 360 364.
For ANZ employees outside of Australia in need of help or support please see ANZ’s intranet site Max for details of your local employee assistance program.
For everyone (ANZ staff and members of the public)
If you, or someone you know needs help or support, please go to BeyondBlue.org.au or call 1300 22 46 36. Beyond Blue has a range of resources to help support people’s mental wellbeing during COVID.
You can also contact Lifeline at LifeLine.org.au or call 13 11 14.
For information on other services that can assist with navigating difficult circumstances visit anz.com.au