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A four-day workweek may be gaining mainstream momentum in corporate Canada as workplaces continue to fine tune schedules and working conditions, suggests new research. A survey by recruitment firm Robert Half Canada Inc. found 91 per cent of senior managers said they would support a four-day workweek for their team. Most managers also anticipate their […]

Plan sponsors face challenges balancing benefits plan sustainability while also ensuring their plan members have access to the care they need, said Marie-Hélène Dugal, manager of pharmacy benefit strategy at Medavie Blue Cross, during a session at Benefits Canada’s 2022 Face to Face Drug Plan Management Forum in Toronto in December. Referring to Medavie’s claims data, […]

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An article on how employers can use ‘Blue Monday’ as an opportunity to discuss mental health was the most-read story on BenefitsCanada.com over the last week. Here are the five most popular news stories of the week: 1. Employers can use ‘Blue Monday’ to reset workplace mental-health strategies 2. Microsoft’s U.S. employees receiving unlimited vacation days 3. Walmart enhancing […]

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  • January 20, 2023 January 19, 2023
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Starbucks Corp. is requiring its white-collar employees to work from the office at least three days per week starting Jan. 30. According to a report by CNBC, employees within commuting distance of the company’s Seattle head office will be required to work onsite Tuesdays, Wednesdays and a third day to be determined by their team. […]

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  • January 18, 2023 January 17, 2023
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Employers and employees must tread a fine line between trust, monitoring and micromanaging in the new age of remote working, say experts. Their comments come days after British Columbia’s Civil Resolution Tribunal ordered an accountant to pay her former employer more than $2,600 after tracking software showed she engaged in time theft while working at […]

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While employment is more than three per cent higher than it was at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, working hours are up by only 1.75 per cent due to increased levels of absenteeism, according to a new report by the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. Relative to pre-pandemic years, wage costs increased by an […]

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  • January 13, 2023 January 12, 2023
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The Walt Disney Co. is requiring its white-collar employees to work onsite four days a week beginning in March. According to a report by CNBC, Bob Iger, chief executive officer of Disney, said hybrid workers will be asked to treat Monday through Thursday as in-person workdays. “As I’ve been meeting with teams throughout the company […]

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  • January 11, 2023 January 11, 2023
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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 smooth as possible, says Farzeen Mawji, national practice leader in inclusion and diversity at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Remote and hybrid working arrangements proved beneficial for many employees with […]

Flexible schedules and shorter workweeks can lead to more productive, healthy and loyal workers, according to a new report on work-life balance by the United Nations’ International Labour Organization. It found that giving employees flexibility in terms of where and when they work can be win-win for both employees and employers. The U.N. agency said flexible […]

Over the past year, a number of employers have mandated that employees return to the physical office, citing the need for in-person collaboration and social connection. The demand begs the question — will employees, who are begrudgingly reintegrating long commutes and daycare drop-offs and pickups back into their workday, be as engaged and productive as […]