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Queer Money

Jan 14, 2020

Are you taking full advantage of ALL your workplace benefits? Most of us don’t think we need disability insurance, assuming it applies only to catastrophic events. But what if you had to miss work for a few weeks to recover from, say, a broken leg? Or having your appendix taken out? Would you be able to go without that income?

Dr. Kristin Tugman is the Vice President of Customer Analytics and Consultation at Prudential Financial. Her team helps employers and employees alike better understand and use disability benefits in the workplace, with the goal of minimizing employer’s costs and boosting employee engagement, satisfaction and performance. Dr. Tugman is committed to recognizing trends and leveraging research to maximize productivity and minimize absence in the workplace, and she has a special interest in the psychology of returning to work after a disability leave.

On this episode of Queer Money, Dr. Tugman joins us to discuss the benefits of having disability insurance and address the common misconception that it only applies to catastrophic events. She explains the challenges associated with returning to work after you’ve been out, describing what employers, managers and coworkers can do to help make the transition back to work easier. Listen in for Dr. Tugman’s advice on taking full advantage of the income protection and health benefits available through your employer and learn what YOU can do to prepare financially should any kind of illness or injury keep you from working.