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Creating a thriving workplace with data, personalized employee benefits

Creating a thriving workplace with data, personalized employee benefits

Some organizations are unique. Their employees are genuinely excited to be at work and an undercurrent of energy and vitality permeates the air. They’ve transformed the…

  • May 29, 2018 September 13, 2019
  • 10:00
Behavioural changes key to managing financial health like a chronic condition

Behavioural changes key to managing financial health like a chronic condition

May is the perfect time of year to address employees’ financial health, as they’ve just gone through the stress of filing their tax returns. As well, May…

  • May 8, 2018 September 13, 2019
  • 08:00
Conduent sells HR consulting, actuarial businesses

Conduent sells HR consulting, actuarial businesses

Conduent Inc. is selling its consulting business formerly known as Buck Consultants. This week, the company announced a deal with a private equity investment firm,…

  • By: Staff
  • May 2, 2018 September 13, 2019
  • 10:04
Ericsson adds peer-to-peer option to recognition program

Ericsson adds peer-to-peer option to recognition program

Multinational telecommunications company Ericsson is adding a peer-to-peer functionality to its recognition program for employees across Canada and the United States. Previously, the program was only…

The employer’s role in being ‘a very strong motivator’ in cancer patients’ return to work

The employer’s role in being ‘a very strong motivator’ in cancer patients’ return to work

From brain fog to fatigue, cancer patients face a range of challenges when it comes to staying at or going back to work. And with a…

  • By: Glenn Kauth
  • February 28, 2018 September 13, 2019
  • 14:31
Wearable employee trackers raise issues around workplace morale, legality

Wearable employee trackers raise issues around workplace morale, legality

While many employers are including wearable devices in their wellness programs to encourage employees to track their health outcomes, one technology giant was granted two patents at the…

New digital HR assistant uses AI to answer employee questions

New digital HR assistant uses AI to answer employee questions

While Amazon.com Inc. has Alexa and Apple Inc. has Siri, Morneau Shepell Ltd. is introducing a new virtual assistant designed to help employees with their human resources needs. Ava,…

  • By: Staff
  • January 29, 2018 September 13, 2019
  • 10:21
Allstate targets employee mindfulness, finances in January well-being programs

Allstate targets employee mindfulness, finances in January well-being programs

Building on a wellness program that covers employees’ overall well-being, Allstate Insurance Co. of Canada is introducing a trio of programs in January. “January can be a stressful and…

Benefits cuts by Tim Hortons franchises premature: NDP critic

Benefits cuts by Tim Hortons franchises premature: NDP critic

Controversy continues to swirl as politicians have started weighing in on moves by some Tim Hortons franchises to cut benefits and paid breaks in response to a…

Tips for preventing sexual harassment in the workplace

Tips for preventing sexual harassment in the workplace

One summer, as a university student in the mid-1970s, Frances Gallop was working at a restaurant where the manager sexually harassed nearly every female employee.…

Financial Literacy Month: WSIB seeks to integrate financial fitness with workplace wellness

Financial Literacy Month: WSIB seeks to integrate financial fitness with workplace wellness

The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board is taking a more holistic approach to workplace wellness by putting financial fitness on the same pedestal as physical…

Key steps to implementing a policy addressing marijuana in the workplace

Key steps to implementing a policy addressing marijuana in the workplace

Employers often feel they’re between a rock and a hard place when it comes to drugs and alcohol in the workplace. On the one hand,…

  • By: Bill Zolis
  • November 29, 2017 September 13, 2019
  • 10:54
Why startups should resist the allure of a Cadillac benefits plan

Why startups should resist the allure of a Cadillac benefits plan

More than two years ago, an Oakville, Ont.-based startup — a small technology company with nine employees — was looking to implement a benefits plan.…

Financial Literacy Month: Allstate staff get 30-minute sessions with retirement consultant

Financial Literacy Month: Allstate staff get 30-minute sessions with retirement consultant

While Allstate Insurance Co. of Canada provides several financial education and information sessions to employees throughout the year, it’s focusing on the importance of financial literacy this November to align…

How to avoid three common mistakes around pension, benefits communication

How to avoid three common mistakes around pension, benefits communication

Plan sponsors may have the best intentions of keeping members engaged with their pension or benefits communications, but it’s easy to miss the mark. Here…

  • November 13, 2017 September 13, 2019
  • 15:18
80% of Canadians want employer-provided financial education: survey

80% of Canadians want employer-provided financial education: survey

More than 80 per cent of Canadian employees would be interested in an employer-provided financial education program, according to a new survey by the Canadian…

  • By: Staff
  • November 6, 2017 September 13, 2019
  • 10:46
New workplace order necessary to prevent harassment

New workplace order necessary to prevent harassment

A newly hired business graduate, predicted by senior managers of a major bank to have significant potential, left the organization after one year. He sued…

Hospital evolves LGBTQ program with gender diversity policy

Hospital evolves LGBTQ program with gender diversity policy

The Michael Garron Hospital is adding to its diversity and inclusion program by creating a gender diversity policy to support employees in the workplace and…

Tips for boosting employee acceptance of benefits changes

Tips for boosting employee acceptance of benefits changes

The irony of pensions and benefits is that employees tend to ignore them until they need them or until their employer changes them. And whether…

  • August 22, 2017 September 13, 2019
  • 06:00
Human Resourcefulness: HR lessons from The Office’s Toby Flenderson

Human Resourcefulness: HR lessons from The Office’s Toby Flenderson

The third episode of Benefits Canada‘s new podcast, Human Resourcefulness, looks at the role of the human resources manager through Toby Flenderson of The Office.  Our…

Consultants closing gap between themselves, plan members

Consultants closing gap between themselves, plan members

A consultant’s role was historically a passive one, says Martin Leclair, who recently left a role at Toronto-based consulting firm Proteus Performance Management. The consultant’s…

Human Resourcefulness: HR lessons from The Office’s Dwight Schrute and Jim Halpert

Human Resourcefulness: HR lessons from The Office’s Dwight Schrute and Jim Halpert

The second episode of Benefits Canada’s new podcast, Human Resourcefulness, continues this week with a look at The Office‘s Dwight Schrute and Jim Halpert. Dwight cares a…

Human Resourcefulness: HR lessons from The Office’s Michael Scott

Human Resourcefulness: HR lessons from The Office’s Michael Scott

This summer, Benefits Canada is launching a new podcast, Human Resourcefulness, that looks at problems presented in fictional workplaces and asks experts how they’d advise those companies…

Employers concerned about ‘Wild West’ surrounding marijuana legalization: HRPA

Employers concerned about ‘Wild West’ surrounding marijuana legalization: HRPA

As Canada looks to legalize marijuana next year, many employers are still unsure about how to prepare for what happens when the legislation takes effect, according…

  • By: Jann Lee
  • July 6, 2017 September 13, 2019
  • 16:16
How to communicate health benefits to a diverse workforce

How to communicate health benefits to a diverse workforce

While employees want good benefits, finding ways to effectively convey information about the plan can be a challenge, particularly when today’s workforce is far from…