Looming Foreclosures Might Put Dent in Productivity

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<p><strong>San Diego &mdash; March 28</strong><br />In an effort to respond to decreased productivity because of the real estate slump, ACI Specialty Benefits, an employee assistance program, is offering stress counseling and corporate trainings to individuals faced with looming foreclosures or other stress-related illnesses resulting from the real estate slowdown.<br /><br />&ldquo;Individuals who are on the brink of foreclosure, losing their home or any financial discomfort can suffer from an incredible amount of fear, anxiety and sleeplessness that impact their daily lives,&rdquo; said Ann Clark, Ph.D., ACI Specialty Benefits CEO and founder. &ldquo;Our job is to help these individuals manage this difficult time and provide the resources to find a better outcome.&rdquo;<br /><br />As part of ACI&rsquo;s Specialty Benefits package, clients may receive financial and legal assistance to help individuals sort through their financial situation or legal options.&nbsp; </p><p>ACI&rsquo;s exceptional team of clinicians can help employees straighten out a complex web of emotions relating to money and spending and offer ways to ease the emotional and physical manifestations of financial stress.&nbsp;</p><p> ACI has received a recent surge in calls from employees undergoing emotional and physical stress because of the housing slump, prompting corporate wide trainings to address these issues and concerns.<br /><br />According to a recent study, 30 million workers in America &mdash; one in four &mdash; are seriously financially distressed and dissatisfied with their personal financial situations.&nbsp; </p><p>In addition, the same study shows 82.5 percent of the individuals say financial stress affects their health, citing ailments including depression, headaches, insomnia, digestive problems, high blood pressure and appetite disorders that can affect performance and productivity.</p>

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