If you're concerned about employee morale, this might be a good time to hand out raises, but a bad time to introduce new technology into your processes.

At least that's what the May Harris Poll Jobs and Benefits Security Index suggests.

It found that American workers are either cautiously optimistic or mildly pessimistic about their prospects for increased pay and benefits at work. And while they are expressing hope around these issues for the first time in awhile, they're still worried that, just as they are about to enjoy better working conditions, they will be snatched away.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.