When employees are stressed-out about their finances, their work can suffer. At Mansfield, Ohio, manufacturer Therm-O-Disc, executives have found that employees who do not focus on their job duties make more errors, increase scrap expense and prevent workgroups from meeting production goals. These employees may even cause work-related injuries. Add to that the fact that stress can be directly linked to physical illness and absenteeism, and it\u0027s not surprising that the company launched a financial education program.\r\nIn about 18 months, 20 percent of Therm-O-Disc\u0027s 4,000 workers have taken advantage of the program. During the 13-week course, the average class has collectively paid off $10,000 in debt and the participating individuals have saved an average of $1,000 in an emergency fund. Moreover, attendees\u0027 positive reviews have generated a waiting list for classes. "We have had a good mix of individuals participating, both hourly and salaried employees," says coordinator Julie Buzzard.