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Q&A with the Annapolis Valley Regional Centre for Education’s Beverly Silver

Beverly Silver, the Annapolis Valley Regional Centre for Education’s employee benefits officer, talks employee assistance programs, employee training and independent coffee shops. Q. What top challenges do you face in your role? A. I find that most employees don’t take an interest in their benefits plan until they actually need it. The challenge is in making sure […]

  • November 20, 2020 March 3, 2021
  • 08:50

With winter coming and the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic hitting many regions across Canada, employee mental health is also taking a hit. To help leaders support their team members who are struggling through the protracted crisis, IBM Canada Ltd. is providing education and training to help its managers recognize when an employee might […]

SSQ wins wellness pioneer award for 15-year well-being focus

Highlighting a long-standing commitment to the health of its employees, SSQ Life Insurance Co. was awarded the Sanofi Canada Wellness Pioneer Award at Benefits Canada‘s 2020 Workplace Benefits Awards on Oct. 16. Its health and wellness program, which was established 15 years ago, integrates health prevention and health promotion, a lever it considers essential to […]

Feds launching new online mental-health resources

This Mental Health Awareness Month, the federal government unveiled a series of initiatives to support the well-being of Canadian workers. The Ministry of Labour is partnering with the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety and the Mental Health Commission of Canada to provide workers with access to detailed and credible information on mental health and wellness. […]

  • By: Staff
  • October 20, 2020 October 20, 2020
  • 15:15

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, more than half of Canadian employers (53 per cent) are enhancing their well-being programs, while 27 per cent are planning to make changes to improve health benefits, according to a new survey by Willis Towers Watson. The survey, which polled nearly 150 Canadian employers with more than 800,000 employees, […]

  • By: Staff
  • September 11, 2020 November 17, 2020
  • 08:45
RBC Insurance rolling out additional mental-health resources

RBC Insurance is offering additional mental-health resources for plan sponsors and their members. The free resources include therapist-assisted online cognitive behavioural therapy through AbilitiCBT, as well as a series of manager mental-health training webinars to help employers support their workforce. These will cover a wide variety of topics, such as navigating the new normal, leading […]

  • By: Staff
  • July 10, 2020 November 12, 2020
  • 15:15
Fujitsu introducing permanent remote working policy for 80,000 global staff

Fujitsu Ltd. is introducing permanent remote working for 80,000 global employees in a bid to boost innovation and work-life balance. The Japanese multinational’s campaign, which it calls ‘Work-Life Shift,’ relies on three core principles: smart working, borderless offices and culture change, marking “the end of the conventional notion of commuting to and from fixed offices, […]

  • By: Staff
  • July 7, 2020 November 12, 2020
  • 15:00
Manulife investing $3.5M in workplace diversity, inclusion

Manulife Financial and its U.S. division John Hancock are investing more than $3.5 million over the next two years to promote diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace and in the communities they serve. In a press release, the organizations said the goals of these investments are three-fold: to increase the representation of diverse talent […]

  • By: Staff
  • June 25, 2020 November 12, 2020
  • 15:00
Workplace inclusivity starts with acknowledging systemic racism: report

The Ontario Pension Board has released a statement addressing the role it plays in standing against anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism. “I know some of you may be wondering why we didn’t share a message of support sooner,” read the letter from Mark Fuller, the OPB’s president and chief executive officer. “While statements of support matter, […]

  • By: Staff
  • June 24, 2020 February 23, 2021
  • 15:00
Canadian workers resilient in face of pandemic, but lack new skills training, finds research

Canadians workers are proving resilient in the face of the hardships caused by the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report by the Environics Institute for Survey Research in partnership with the Future Skills Centre and Ryerson University’s Diversity Institute. Nearly two-thirds (63 per cent) of Canadians said they feel confident in their abilities after the pandemic was […]

  • By: Staff
  • May 22, 2020 November 12, 2020
  • 08:45