As the effects of the recent financial crisis continue to spread across the globe, financial stress is an issue for both women and men. MetLife's 9th Annual Study of Employee Benefits Trends found that 58% of employers state that financial "illness" plays a role in employee absenteeism and 78% said that concerns over financial problems while at work can have a negative impact on employee productivity. And it has been estimated that 15% of workers are experiencing stress from their poor financial behaviors to the extent that it reduces their job productivity.

Employers are also in increasing numbers providing employees with the financial education they need, according to a new white paper released this week by MetLife. In coordination with the Boston College Center for Work & Family, MetLife examined how two large multinational firms have taken strategic measures to address the financial wellness of their employees.

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