McLagan Talent Pulse Highlights

Does Money Buy Happiness?

We’ll leave the question of whether money buys happiness to the philosophers, academics, and social scientists. (For the record, we prefer to err on the side of yes.) Regardless, one thing money certainly does is cover up human capital challenges and issues lurking beneath the surface. When times are good, when revenue is soaring, and when there’s plenty of pay to go around, fewer issues arise and the allure of the present obscures a focus on the future. Think of it as a human capital bubble.

For a long time, the financial services industry existed in this human capital bubble. Leaders in the industry didn’t have to contend with the same issues as their counterparts in other industries. But times have changed, and the transforming workforce has new expectations.

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