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A third (33 per cent) of Canadians say their employer doesn’t offer workplace addiction support programs, according to LifeWorks Inc.’s latest mental-health index. The survey, which polled 3,000 working Canadians, found the overall mental-health score rose very slightly in March to negative 10.5 points from negative 10.6 in February. However, those without workplace addiction support […]

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  • April 22, 2022 April 21, 2022
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Just over half (55 per cent) of Canadians said flexible or hybrid work arrangements are more important to them than career progression (24 per cent), while 21 per cent said neither were of value, according to LifeWorks Inc.’s latest mental-health index. The survey, which polled 3,000 working Canadians, found the overall mental-health score for January […]

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  • February 25, 2022 February 25, 2022
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More than a third (35 per cent) of employees said they’re considering leaving their job or are unsure about whether to stay with their company, according to the latest monthly mental-health index by LifeWorks Inc. Additionally, the mental-health scores of these groups (negative 21.9 and negative 16.7, respectively) were more than three-times worse than for […]

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  • October 28, 2021 October 28, 2021
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Canadians reported slightly higher levels of financial well-being in the summer of 2021, with many focusing on saving for retirement, according to a new survey by LifeWorks Inc. The survey, conducted among 3,000 respondents, found a financial well-being index score of negative 1.6 compared to the pre-coronavirus pandemic benchmark, up slightly from negative 2.8 in […]

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  • October 5, 2021 October 5, 2021
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As vaccination efforts continue rolling out across the country, ambiguous return-to-work plans are impacting Canadian workers’ mental health, according to LifeWorks Inc.’s latest mental-health index. While the mental-health score among Canadians for June was negative 10.7, a slight increase from May’s score of negative 11.2, it was the 15th consecutive month where it sat in the […]

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  • July 21, 2021 July 21, 2021
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The prolonged coronavirus pandemic’s effect on working Canadians’ financial well-being persists, with the stress taking a toll on their savings and their productivity in the workplace, according to a new survey by LifeWorks Inc. Although Canadian workers’ financial well-being score for April is negative 2.2, a slight improvement from February’s negative 2.8, the survey found […]

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  • June 9, 2021 June 9, 2021
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As employers begin rebuilding the workplace once the coronavirus pandemic recedes, their group benefits plan will be their best tool — and ally — to help employees regain their health and wellness footing, said Jennifer Katzsch, regional vice-president of Western Canada at Desjardins Insurance during Benefits Canada‘s 2021 Benefits & Pension Summit. As with past crises, […]

While Canadians’ mental health continues to suffer, LifeWorks Inc.’s monthly index has seen some improvements, including in its anxiety and psychological health sub-categories. The index reported a negative 10.7 overall mental-health score for April, slightly higher than negative 11.2 for March. In addition, the majority of sub-scores showed improvements over the previous month. The anxiety […]

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  • May 27, 2021 May 27, 2021
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The murder of George Floyd, one year ago today in Minneapolis, Minn., sparked calls for change around the world including in Canadian workplaces. Floyd’s death kicked off global Black Lives Matter rallies last spring and summer, as well as many hard conversations about anti-Black systemic racism between Canadian employers and employees. And in the wake of those […]

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Lafarge Eastern Canada’s new employee wellness program is highlighting the importance of mental and physical health amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. “It was always my intention to promote wellness through my communications, but when the pandemic happened, it was really the time to focus on this,” says Jessica Assaf, manager of corporate communications for Lafarge […]