checklist with boxes and pen As 2020’s open enrollment season began in the US, the survey found that although workers say they have high confidence in their benefit choices, employers grade workers much lower. Photo: Shutterstock)

The challenges to American workers posed by the dual crises of global pandemic and economic setbacks are illustrated in a new report on workplace benefits from Guardian Life. The survey reveals that workers say they value their benefits, but still find them confusing and in some cases inadequate to deal with the stresses they are currently facing.

“Before the pandemic, record low unemployment, healthy corporate earnings, and a strong stock market were masking the financial struggles of many working Americans,” the report said. “In January 2020, 4 in 10 full-time workers indicated they were living paycheck to paycheck and felt as though they were losing ground financially, especially those experiencing much higher out-of-pocket medical costs and/or significant college debt.”

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