Employers that want to keep their employees, or at least keep offices and production floors calm, might want to give a little extra thought to how they say what they say about disability insurance and other benefits.
The job market is probably a little better than it was, but not much better.
The economy stopped imploding awhile back and resumed painfully slow growth, but part of that growth came from employers laying off workers who might not have been especially productive but at least were available to fill in when the productive workers took vacations.
The surviving productive workers have spent the past 4 years giving up vacations, working uncompensated overtime, doing the work of two or three people, and, generally, stuffing it, because, really, where they came from, there have been 10 jillion other people just as good looking for work.
ComPsych Corp., Chicago, recently reported that 38% of employee say they are unable to stop thinking about their problems.
The percentage who told ComPsych that they have felt sad over the past 6 months has increased to 36%, up from 26% in mid-2011, and the percentage who admitted that they have been angry has increased to 24%, from 23%.
Unum Group Corp., Chattanooga, Tenn. (NYSE:UNM), conducted a Web survey of its own and asked U.S. adults ages 18 and older to talk about their employee benefits.