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More than two-fifths of small- and medium-sized employers say labour shortages (46 per cent) and employee retention (42 per cent) are among their top business concerns for 2024, according to a new survey by Peninsula Employment Services Ltd. The survey, which polled 79,000 SMEs across Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and the U.K., found more […]

  • By: Staff
  • January 11, 2024 January 10, 2024
  • 09:00

An article on how Desjardins Insurance is supporting employee financial wellness was the most-read story on BenefitsCanada.com over the last week. Here are the five most popular news stories of the week: 1. Desjardins using budget workshops, interactive game to support employee financial wellness 2. Canadian employers implementing four-day workweek note increased worker happiness, productivity: report 3. OPB appointing Darwin […]

  • By: Staff
  • December 1, 2023 November 30, 2023
  • 09:00

Nearly all Canadian employers that have implemented a four-day workweek report increased employee happiness (96 per cent) and say they’d continue with this schedule indefinitely (93 per cent), according to a new report by York University. The report, which analyzed responses from around 30 Canadian companies across the public and private sectors that have moved […]

  • By: Blake Wolfe
  • November 29, 2023 November 28, 2023
  • 09:00

There’s a lot going on in the world right now. Across the globe, geopolitical tensions are more elevated than they’ve been in decades, while the day-to-day lives of average people closer to home continue to be upended by the overarching threats of high inflation and interest rates, as well as the unrelenting cost-of-living crisis. The […]

While Portugal is the latest country to jump on the four-day workweek bandwagon, with 39 private sector businesses participating in a five-month program ending this month, a similar program conducted in the U.K. last year has yielded some interesting results. Of the 61 companies that participated in the U.K. pilot from June to December 2022, […]

Iversoft is appointing Steph Barlow to the role of chief people officer. Barlow joined the Ottawa-based organization in 2017 as people and culture specialist and she became its director of people and culture in 2018. In the new role, she’ll continue to drive Iversoft’s human resources and talent strategies, while championing diversity, equity and inclusion, according to […]

  • By: Staff
  • October 18, 2023 October 18, 2023
  • 15:00

While flexible working arrangements may render the traditional workday obsolete, concepts like triple-peak work hours may jeopardize the work-life balance employees are seeking. A report from Microsoft Corp. found triple-peak work hours — in which employees divide their workday over three separate blocks of time, including late in the evenings — are increasing in popularity. […]

Just five per cent of U.S. employers say they’re offering a four-day workweek as a flexible working arrangement for employees, according to a new survey by the International Foundation of Employee Benefits Plans. The survey, which polled more than 300 employers, found one per cent said they’ve already formally implemented a four-day workweek or are piloting […]

  • By: Staff
  • September 8, 2023 September 10, 2023
  • 15:00

With hybrid working emerging as the frontrunner in the evolving workplace, ‘bare minimum’ workdays is one of many flexible working policies employers are testing to determine the arrangement that best suits the needs of their employees and businesses. Bare minimum workdays allow employees to work at a much more relaxed pace without distractions. More employers […]

As the U.K.’s new flexible working bill receives royal assent, Edward Majewski, partner at Ogletree Deakins International LLP, says similar legislation would benefit employers and employees in Canada. The Employment Relations (Flexible Working) Act 2023, which received royal assent last month, sets out the right of employees to request variations to particular terms and conditions of […]