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Majority of U.S. employees lack confidence in employers’ return-to-workplace plans

Nearly two-thirds (63 per cent) of U.S. employees said they lack full confidence that their organization’s post-coronavirus pandemic workplace strategy is the right decision for…

  • By: Staff
  • November 24, 2021 November 23, 2021
  • 09:00

Expert panel: How to connect with employees in a remote world

In Canada, the coronavirus pandemic is entering a new phase — vaccines are widely available, travel restrictions are gradually lifting and people are returning to…

Citigroup supporting employee wellness as return-to-office plans take shape

As Citigroup Inc. begins rolling out its plans for returning to the workplace, it’s focusing on supporting employees’ mental health and wellness throughout the transition.…

Scotiabank to allow Canadian staff to buy more personal days

Scotiabank increasing mental-health coverage, providing leadership training

Scotiabank is increasing its focus on mental health through expanded benefits coverage and additional training for employees in leadership roles. Beginning April 1, 2022, all…

  • By: Blake Wolfe
  • November 18, 2021 November 18, 2021
  • 09:00

Top 5 HR, pension and benefits stories of the week

Stories delving into how employers and employees are dealing with returning to the workplace dominated the top stories over the past week on, with three of…

  • By: Staff
  • November 12, 2021 November 12, 2021
  • 09:00

RBC focusing on mental health as hybrid work model rolls out

The Royal Bank of Canada is focusing on mental health to engage and retain employees as the bank shifts to a hybrid work model. While…

Employers, employees adapting to hybrid working models

As an executive with the City of Toronto, Lawrence Eta now makes a point of not coming into the office every day. The chief technological…

People-centric approach to work builds holistically healthy employers, finds study

A new study is urging employers to transition from a traditional focus on employee benefits to one that covers job and work design, management, rewards…

  • By: Staff
  • November 1, 2021 November 1, 2021
  • 15:00

Award finalists discuss mental health, enhanced communications amid pandemic

More than 19 months into the coronavirus pandemic, employers are focusing on enhanced mental-health offerings and streamlined communications for their benefits and pension plans. During a…

SSENSE snags award for tailored communications of benefits plan redesign

SSENSE’s eye-catching and inclusive communications of its redesigned benefits plan launch was recognized at Benefits Canada’s 2021 Workplace Benefits Awards on Oct. 14. The Montreal-based fashion retailer won…


American Express pushing hybrid work launch to 2022

American Express Co. is eyeing January for the tentative launch of its hybrid working model. In an internal memo, Stephen J. Squeri, chairman and chief…

  • By: Staff
  • October 25, 2021 October 25, 2021
  • 09:00

Samsung snags award for health, wellness program for all life stages

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.’s comprehensive employee health and wellness strategy scored it a win at Benefits Canada‘s 2021 Workplace Benefits Awards on Oct. 14. The technology company won…


Toronto software company offering 4-day workweek, flexibility to employees

A Toronto-based software developer is offering additional workplace flexibility to employees, leading to increased productivity and growth. Marco Osso, vice-president of employee success at…

Expert panel: Preparing a psychologically safe return-to-workplace plan

Any return to the workplace, whether it’s after a medical or parental leave  — or say, following a global pandemic — requires consideration and care…

Top 5 HR, pension and benefits stories of the week

With many employers currently planning where employees will work post-coronavirus pandemic, our story on the Royal Bank of Canada’s hybrid work model piqued the interest…

  • By: Staff
  • October 8, 2021 October 8, 2021
  • 09:00

RBC banking on hybrid work model post-pandemic

The Royal Bank of Canada is applying the lessons it learned during the coronavirus pandemic to develop a hybrid work model for a wide range…

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Improving business outcomes top priority for investment organizations focusing on DEI: survey

A third of investment organizations participating in the CFA Institute’s recent diversity, equity and inclusion program said they’ve trained between 81 and 99 per cent…

  • By: Staff
  • September 16, 2021 September 15, 2021
  • 12:00

54% of Canadian employers adopting hybrid work, meeting employee expectations: survey

With 57 per cent of Canadian employees expecting flexible working arrangements to continue post-coronavirus pandemic, 54 per cent of Canadian employers are adopting a hybrid…

  • By: Blake Wolfe
  • September 13, 2021 September 10, 2021
  • 09:00

Google delaying return to office until 2022

Google is once again postponing a return to the office for most workers until early 2022, in addition to requiring all employees to be vaccinated…

Majority of employers are planning return to workplace this year, finds survey

More than half (54 per cent) of attendees to Benefits Canada‘s virtual return-to-work webinar on Aug. 12 said they’re planning a phased return to the…

  • By: Staff
  • September 1, 2021 August 31, 2021
  • 09:00

Survey finds 60% of employers communicating return-to-office plan to staff

More than half (60 per cent) of employees said their employer is communicating a return-to-workplace strategy, according to a new survey by Maru Public Opinion…

  • By: Staff
  • August 30, 2021 August 26, 2021
  • 09:00

Vaccine policies gaining steam with small-, medium-sized employers

When the fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic started to intensify in Canada, Toronto-based tech company Staffy decided it was time to implement a vaccination…


Hybrid workers reporting stronger connections with colleagues, managers: survey

A majority (79 per cent) of employees in hybrid work arrangements said they have strong connections with their teammates and colleagues, compared to 70 per…

  • By: Staff
  • August 19, 2021 August 19, 2021
  • 13:00

Twitter among growing list of Canadian employers, governments enacting vaccination policies

Twitter Inc. is among the latest employers enacting a coronavirus vaccination policy for employees. In an emailed statement to Benefits Canada, the social media company…

Employee experience, well-being top priority during pandemic: survey

The vast majority (95 per cent) of Canadian employers said enhancing the employee experience is a top priority, compared to just 61 per cent that…

  • By: Staff
  • August 12, 2021 August 13, 2021
  • 15:00