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69% of employees say manager impacts mental health as much as spouse or partner: survey

More than two-thirds (69 per cent) of employees say their manager impacts their mental health as much as their spouse or partner, according to a…

Bell Let’s Talk Day: More mental-health support needed in the workplace

Bell Canada is marking its annual Let’s Talk Day with a call-to-action for increased mental-health support within communities and workplaces. “This year’s campaign has taken…

Employers can use ‘Blue Monday’ to reset workplace mental-health strategies

The third Monday in January, also known as ‘Blue Monday,’ is considered to be the saddest day of the year, as people contend with frigid…

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Communication of DEI initiatives important in remote, hybrid working arrangements: expert

Amid a shift to remote and hybrid working arrangements, communication is key to resolving the disconnect between managers and employees on diversity, equity and inclusion…

How employers can ease return to office for employees with disabilities

Employers requiring workers with disabilities to return to the office should increase flexibility and regularly check in with these employees to make the transition as…

Hybrid work, four-day workweek shaping employee well-being: expert

Hybrid work and the rise of the four-day workweek are among the factors shaping employers’ well-being and mental-health strategies in 2023, says Laura Putnam, founder…

  • By: Blake Wolfe
  • December 16, 2022 December 15, 2022
  • 09:00

2022 Healthy Outcomes Conference: Integrating DEI strategies into benefits programs

The majority of Capital One Canada’s workforce are second-generation Canadians and/or immigrants, so many employees didn’t see their families during the pandemic. While they wanted…

2022 Healthy Outcomes Conference: How is the pandemic changing plan sponsors’ communications strategies?

As the coronavirus pandemic prompted a meaningful change in how employers communicate with their workforces, Telus Communications Inc. reviewed job types and created personas around…

2022 Healthy Outcomes Conference: Strong mental-health supports critical to plan sponsors’ attraction, retention strategies

In the face of a tight labour market and fierce competition for top talent, employee mental-health and well-being supports are emerging as key components of…

Q&A with Fluor Canada’s Lisa Hari

Fluor Canada Ltd.’s manager of Indigenous relations and DEI discussed the post-coronavirus pandemic workplace, employee resource groups and fishing. Q: What top challenges do you…

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Expert panel: How employers can support employee wellness ahead of a looming recession

Every day, it seems the news includes a story or two about the economy and whether or not a recession is coming. At the same…

  • By: Kim Siddall
  • November 16, 2022 November 15, 2022
  • 09:00

Top 5 HR, benefits, pension and investment stories of the week

An article on Telus Communications Inc.’s win in Benefits Canada‘s 2022 Workplace Benefits Awards was the most-read story on BenefitsCanada.com over the last week. Here are the five most…

  • By: Staff
  • November 4, 2022 November 3, 2022
  • 09:00
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Half of employees say employer hasn’t communicated long-term remote work plans: survey

Half (52 per cent) of Canadian employees say their employer hasn’t communicated plans for remote working beyond 2023, while 35 per cent of employers say…

  • By: Staff
  • November 1, 2022 November 1, 2022
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Ottawa Community Housing Corp. wins award for flexible employee well-being strategy

The Ottawa Community Housing Corp.’s flexible employee well-being strategy led to a win in the Health/wellness program category for employers with fewer than 1,000 employees at Benefits…

Labatt wins award for embedding DEI strategy into business imperatives

Labatt Breweries of Canada’s wide-reaching diversity, equity and inclusion strategy led to a win in the DEI program category at Benefits Canada’s 2022 Workplace Benefits Awards…

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Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan recognized for coronavirus pandemic response

The Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan’s response to the coronavirus pandemic led to a win in the Coronavirus and benefits category for an employer with…

A look at the past, present and future of benefits plans

The provision of employer-sponsored benefits has evolved significantly over the last 45 years, with the past decade ushering in the most consequential changes, fueled by…

45th anniversary column: Major shifts in benefits and their implications for employers

Our industry sometimes gets a bad rap for being overly traditional and slow to change. But there’s no question we’ve seen some major shifts in…

32% of Canadian workers feeling overworked, tired on the job: survey

Nearly a third (32 per cent) of Canadian employees say they’re feeling tired or overworked on the job, posing concerns about a correlation between boundaries…

  • By: Staff
  • October 12, 2022 October 12, 2022
  • 15:00

Top 5 HR, benefits, pension and investment stories of the week

An article on Ontario’s incoming electronic monitoring policy was the most-read story on BenefitsCanada.com over the last week. Here are the five most popular news stories…

  • By: Staff
  • October 7, 2022 October 6, 2022
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Expert panel: How employers, employees can mitigate workplace microaggressions

Microaggressions — everyone has heard them or may have even used them. Defined as everyday verbal and behavioural slights against a person or group that…

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Majority of employers say hybrid work is challenging confidence in employee productivity: survey

More than eight in 10 (85 per cent) global company leaders say the shift to hybrid work has challenged their confidence in employee productivity, according…

  • By: Staff
  • September 28, 2022 September 28, 2022
  • 15:00
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Expert panel: How employers can support workers amid rising inflation

The modern economy is highly uncertain, with inflation and rising interest rates cutting into bottom lines everywhere. Employers are nervous as the cost of capital…

Half of U.S. workers experiencing burnout: survey

Half (49 per cent) of U.S. employees say they’re burned out from their jobs, down from 58 per cent in August 2020, according to a…

  • By: Staff
  • September 12, 2022 September 12, 2022
  • 15:00

Which Canadian provinces are introducing right-to-disconnect legislation?

While right-to-disconnect legislation provides employees with a clear definition of their expected work hours, governments have to be careful they aren’t overly regulating because people…