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Purolator Inc. is adapting its benefits plan to proactively respond to employees’ mental-health needs amid the coronavirus pandemic. The company has expanded both the dollar value and scope of its mental-health benefits offering, including access to cognitive behavioural therapy and social workers, says Anna Manocchio, senior director of total rewards and human resources technology at […]

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Toronto-based technology firm Uberflip is shaping its company culture by giving back to worthwhile causes. “When you give people an opportunity to be charitable, they’re almost grateful for that,” says Randy Frisch, president and co-founder of Uberflip. “They want those opportunities, but they don’t always know where to start. When they’re part of a business […]

Coronavirus changing how employers value, measure human capital: report

While intangible assets like human capital and culture are increasingly at the forefront of employers’ concerns, frameworks to manage these factors are lagging, according to a new paper by Willis Towers Watson and the World Economic Forum. As the world resets to a new reality amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, it noted, it will be critical to an […]

  • By: Staff
  • August 25, 2020 November 24, 2020
  • 09:15

In this unprecedented time, it’s more evident the physical, psychological and financial components of health are all interconnected, said Charmaine Alexander, senior disability management advisor at Desjardins Insurance, during a webinar hosted by Benefits Canada. Prior to the pandemic, in May 2018, Desjardins conducted a survey to measure these interactions to better understand how they […]

Majority of benefits plan members agree workplace culture encourages wellness: survey

More than three-quarters (77 per cent) of Canadian benefits plan members agree their workplace culture or environment encourages health and wellness, according to the 2020 Sanofi Canada health-care survey. “We want to maintain and build on that,” said Andrea Frankel, national private payer lead at Sanofi Canada, during a webinar highlighting the annual survey on Thursday. […]

Slack allowing employees to work from home permanently

Slack Technologies Inc. is offering its employees the option to work from home permanently, along with extending its coronavirus-related office closures past Sept. 1. In a blog post, Robby Kwok, senior vice-president of people, said the company plans to hire workers who are permanently remote. It’s also looking to revamp the design of its offices for the eventual return to […]

  • By: Staff
  • June 16, 2020 November 12, 2020
  • 15:00
Shopify moving majority of employees to permanent remote work

Shopify Inc. is moving the majority of its employees to permanent work-from-home arrangements and closing its offices until 2021. “Until recently, work happened in the office,” tweeted Tobi Lutke, chief executive officer of Shopify on Thursday. “We’ve always had some people remote, but they used the internet as a bridge to the office. This will […]

  • By: Staff
  • May 22, 2020 November 12, 2020
  • 09:00
Majority of HR professionals want strong internal culture: survey

More than nine in 10 (92 per cent) human resources professionals want their company to create strong internal cultures, according to a new survey by the Next Concept Human Resource Association and Waggl Inc., a technology platform for real-time feedback. The survey also found 81 per cent of respondents said they believe that if their […]

  • By: Staff
  • December 2, 2019 November 12, 2020
  • 15:30
Coronavirus casting light on different ESG issues

Employees cite meaningful work as more important to than compensation and perks, according to a new survey by the Workhuman Analytics and Research Institute. The survey, which polled more than 3,500 full-time employees in Canada, Ireland, the U.K. and U.S., asked employees to rank five factors from the most to least important to their careers. Meaningful work trumped […]

  • By: Staff
  • October 23, 2019 February 23, 2021
  • 08:45
Gen Z expects fast promotions, diversity and inclusion initiatives: study

Generation Z workers have high expectations when it comes to earnings, promotions and management opportunities, according to a new study by InsideOut Development. Those in generation Z, typically categorized as people born between 1996 and 2015 (though according to PEW Research Centre, no chronological endpoint has been set for this group), began entering the workforce in 2017, […]